After a harrowing bus ride from Quincy to Arizona I’m now in Bisbee, Arizona. I feel like I’m on another planet. I’ll be here for a while — should I change the name of the blog to Desert Rambles?
Bisbee is a decidedly odd little town. Lots to photograph here, but I’ll start with an impressive sight I saw yesterday. Bisbee is a mining town, and much of the surrounding landscape has been affected by more than a century of first shaft, then open-pit copper mining. The Lavender Pit was opened in 1950. This is an enormous pit; it covers three hundred acres and it’s about nine hundred feet deep. I liked the stepped texture of the walls:
The landscape surrounding the pit, which is on the edge of Bisbee, is surreal. White and orange rock slopes scarred by the mining operations are everywhere. It is a balm to the eyes to see the scrub-covered slopes just beyond.
Several mountain ranges are nearby and the desert between them has a certain compelling beauty.