Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sepia Saturday - Caves,Cliffs and Canyons

This week's Sepia Saturday suggestion is a cave.

So let's look at some caves, cliffs and canyons today.

LOST GALLERY has a few examples, taken by unknown photographers, somewhere in time, when they were tourists and spectators.

The entrance
Carlsbad Caverns Entrance.

Unknown Cave, unknown location.
the cliff dwellers
Cliff Dwellers

I couldn't leave this one out. Although we pretty much know who the photographer was and when it was taken and why, it is still a "found" photograph because I found it in a box in a junk shop.

This is a scene in a cave from the old movie called The Flying Saucer.
From Wiki:
The Flying Saucer (1950) is an American, black-and-white science fiction feature film, produced independently by Colonial Productions Inc. and distributed in the USA by Film Classics Inc.. The film script was written by Howard Irving Young from an original story by Mikel Conrad, who also produced, directed and starred in the film. Co-starring with Conrad were Pat Garrison and Hantz von Teuffen. It was the first film to deal with flying saucers, and has no relationship to Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.

The Flying Saucer

Cliff Dwellers polaroid
three guys on a cliff

landscape canyon
Isn't this Grand Canyon?
Thompson Canyon Colorado
Thompson Canyon by a good photographer.

Isn't a tunnel just a cave with a back door?
Feather River Canyon 3rd day Cal
On the reverse:
"Feather River Canyon, 3rd day Cal"

mountain view
Feather River Canyon 3rd day Cal
Another of Feather River Canyon.
Girl on a rock beside a waterfall

A waterfall is just water going off a cliff, isn't it?

man on a mountain enhanced

One Step would be a giant leap for this man.

Now go back to the Sepia Saturday home page and see where that takes you.

The most popular photographs most popular, Family Group, An album of the most requested photographs in the Lost Gallery.

Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half You are probably not authorized to see these.

Don't take my picture! Oh! You DID didn't you! completely unaware of the photographer This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

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One Man's Treasure
Penny Tales
Square America
Tattered and Lost
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THE KIDS Lesson one. It is always a mystery how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story; What do you see?

Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh

"What are they doing?"


  1. The photo on the left of the waterfall is amazing. Carlsbad Cavern looks good too.

  2. Thanks Alex Daw. That's an old one. I am not sure what the reason for the photograph was.

  3. Yes the waterfall photo appeals to me too. At first glance I thought that it was a creative photo showing an open door to the waterfall. The person on the viewing platform really gives perspective to the size of the waterfall.

  4. Caves etc do ad an aut of mystery; hence the use of same in a film about Flying Saucers I guess.

  5. I especially like the photo of the old card and people by the tunnel.

  6. Another bumper crop. You have the most amazing collection of old photographs.

  7. I love your description of a tunnel being a cave with a back door! Long ones in particular & especially if you happen to be just a wee bit claustrophobic. As for flying saucers & caves, I remember an episode of "The Twilight Zone" where 3 guys stole a bunch of gold, then put themselves into a deep sleep in a cave for 100 years figuring they'd get away clean with the robbery & have all that money when they awoke - only to discover after 100 years gold was of little value. Oops!

  8. Thanks Sharon. Yes, I had forgotten there was someone standing there in that old photograph. Too bad it was so mistreated, I might be about to pull more detail from it.

    Thanks Little Nell. I’ve actually seen that movie. I thought it was a rather poor movie. Professional critics and armchair critics alike call it merely an Alaskan travel log for tourists. It seems its only claim to fame is that it is the very first movie about flying saucers, being made in 1949. As I recall there was very little to do with a flying saucer and a lot to do with running around in caves to find it.

    Caves are always rather spooky to me.

    Thanks Postcardy. That’s a typical tourist photo. The travelers pose in front of their car (or bus) with the natural wonder behind them in the frame. It records everything, the site, how they got there and who was there.

    Thanks Alan Burnett. Sometimes there are quite a few that fit the category.

  9. Thanks Gail Perlee. I think I’m a bit claustrophobic too. I don’t mind caves so much but I do feel a bit uneasy in crowded rooms. I must go back and watch some of those old Twilight Zone episodes again. Classic tv.

  10. The square mounted print with a chap on a very narrow wooden balcony overlooking water coming over what appears to be a dam wall intrigues me. I'll bet that's from an early Kodak box camera.

  11. Thanks Brett Payne. I've studied that one a lot. I can't decide what it is, but an early box camera is a pretty good bet.

  12. That one of the fellow on the rock is just stunning. It reminds me of the German painting "Wanderer above the Sea of Fog."

  13. Of course I liked the description of a tunnel/cave, but what really drew me in were the pictures of the Feather River. Harkened back to the days when I was a wee girl and we visited my grandparents who lived along side the Feather River. Rich memories of sights, sounds and smells.
    BTW a great collection of photos.


  14. Thanks Tattered and Lost. I had never seen the Friedrich painting before. So I’ve learned something new today. It is quite dramatic.

    Thanks Joan. I am happy that one of these old rescued photographs stirred a memory for you.

    Thanks Tattered and Lost. I had never seen the Friedrich painting before. So I’ve learned something new today. It is quite dramatic.

    Thanks Joan. I am happy that one of these old rescued photographs stirred a memory for you.

  15. Wow, great photos, and always a pleasure to slip through the unknowns.

  16. Thanks Karen s. I am glad you enjoyed the set. I always look at these photographs and try to find a reason for the snap. Sometimes with the deterioration and the lack of camera skills involved, it's really hard to tell.

  17. Love The Bloke in The Hat!

  18. Thanks Tony. I think the gal in the cap and jodhpurs is my favorite. It's a good shot too.



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