Today being All Hallow's Day and right before Dia De Los Muertos, I figured I would do a new spin on the reflection of the past before I get into a proper Dia De Los Muertos blog post tomorrow. Essentially today is All Saint's day, and I imagine if there was anyone more deserving of Sainthood, it's Huell Howser.
I also imagine that these road side attractions left long ago in the dust of the past would be somewhere he'd be haunting right now in pure amazement to what he found when he was exploring it for all eternity.
In any case, I came across these photos by Photographer Noel Kerns, who went around the Southern California hidden treasures of modern ghost towns and abandoned areas to bring us these amazing photos. He just published a book called "Nightwatch: Painting with Light," in which photos like these of abandoned buildings across the country could be found.
I find these images to be spookily beautiful and captures a piece of that modern exploration that happened in the 50's when people were moving west in far bigger and better cars. These once booming towns in Barstow, Yermo and the Salton Sea sort of represent a time long forgotten. They're, by all means, the most beautiful photos I have seen of the SoCal desert.