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Traffic Jam at the Beach

line of wrecked cars

Traffic Jam

On such a vivid blue-sky day when the trees are about as green as they are going to get and even the dirt looks like beach sand, this line of junked cars could be mistaken for a line of cars waiting to get to the beach. I went to an auto wrecking place to get a new back window for my 95 Ford Escort Wagon, and unless I pay more than the car is technically worth for a brand new one, this is where you go. An interesting walk-through seeing cars new and old sitting there waiting to be torn to bits to keep other cars going. Call it the vehicle organ donation place.

Really, the sumacs and hardy wildflowers don’t care where they grow, they are happy with just enough sun and moisture and they’ll produce their flowers and wave their green leaves in the breeze, sprouting through mashed bumpers and hiding missing wheel and doors and broken windshields left behind by an accident, a story in itself.

I accidentally left my little point-and-shoot on the “flower” setting because I was shooting in low light earlier and that helps to keep the colors defined, and this is why it looks like the Caribbean when it’s really only a fairly grim riverside junkyard in Pittsburgh.


2 responses

  1. I can really tell the color and saturation difference, it makes it look like such a paradise island. Shame its not. How did all of those junk cars get lined up there perfectly into the beach?

    -David Enabulele

    November 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    • It’s actually just a dirt and gravel lot that used to be a trainyard, along the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh–so technically it is a “beach”, but along a river, and it was four tracks wide so the cars line up pretty perfectly.

      November 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm

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