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photoblog image Not the M6 !

Not the M6 !


So what you do is,spend a fortune on lens's,and filters,then take shots through a bug ridden windscreen at 60mph! Duh!

This is taken on the road towards monument valley,due to a warning light,we didn't know how long the car would last at this point,we didn't want to risk stopping.As it turned out,the good old girl got us home safely,the car did good too....:-)

Not the M6 !


So what you do is,spend a fortune on lens's,and filters,then take shots through a bug ridden windscreen at 60mph! Duh!

This is taken on the road towards monument valley,due to a warning light,we didn't know how long the car would last at this point,we didn't want to risk stopping.As it turned out,the good old girl got us home safely,the car did good too....:-)

comments (19)

Oh this image is just AMAZING! I can't believe how well you did under the circumstances! smile Too bad we didn't get to drive the loop thru the Valley, maybe the car was just tired after 1600 miles and hit the warning light so we'd just go home already! We'll save it for next time!
Frank L Croston.: Oh you flatter me, Elizabeth,it was great to be able to take this iconic view,thanks to you,and yes,like John Ford,we shall return,again,and again. smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 7 Nov 2013, 06:31
And what a relief it must have been that it wasn't the M6 - you wouldn't have wanted to break down on that! Glad the good old girl is coming up trumps
Frank L Croston.: Well,I'm not too sure,Elisabeth,whenever I have broken down on there,civilisation has been close by,not so sure here,though having said that,breakdown help would have taken about the same time! The old girl is still rolling...smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Nov 2013, 06:38
A fine & magnificent landscape isn't it! Is there an American version of the AA?
Frank L Croston.: It certainly is,having watched John Wayne ride through it so many times,it was great to actually be there. Yes,there is, triple A. The American automobile association,much the same as ours.
  • Gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 7 Nov 2013, 06:48
What a view Frank. I can understand that in this place you would not want to break down and have to call the AA.
Frank L Croston.: Indeed,Chad,no, it was a bit of a daunting prospect,but Ellie,and the Subaru,brought us home,a false alarm as it turned out.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 7 Nov 2013, 07:27
Green Flag would have saved your bacon.

That is a famous shot of one of America's famous long straight roads.

The shot would have been nothing at all without that other gas guzzler vehicle in front of you. [grin]
Frank L Croston.: It is, Richard,I was excited at being there to take it,I've seen it many times. At American prices,whose bothered! smile
The solitary vehicle makes up for all the bug ridden shortcomings Frankgrin
Frank L Croston.: I told Elizabeth to drive around the bugs...Would she take any notice? Thanks,Bill.
I did ride there myself
Frank L Croston.: They still talk about you,Chantal..smile I hope your trip was trouble free.
My goodness, Frank, this is wonderful bug ridden screen or not. The depth and scale is just amazing.
Frank L Croston.: Thanks,Pauline, that's very nice of you.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Nov 2013, 10:07
It was seeing a shot similar to this (but not as good of course!) in one of the weekend newspaper travel papers many years ago that made me want to see it for myself. Been there, done that now but I did not get helpful light... next time, hopefully! I've already more than half an idea for next year's US trip... Glad the both the old girl and the car made it; you didn't want to risk to stop in case of injun attack.
Frank L Croston.: I have seen it so many times,Alan,it takes a few moments to realise what you are seeing,and it's real! I'm sure we will return,and as for the injun's,the native Americans we met at the stop we made,could not have been more helpful,and kind,so concerned at our situation.Which as I said, we resolved.
the situation goes with the landscape Frank
Frank L Croston.: Yes,Juan Carlos,it did seem to fit...smile
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 7 Nov 2013, 10:48
Not a bug in sight Frank. Think about how long it would have taken had you been in a wagon. The bugs would have been worse too.
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Mary,having seen a couple of old wagons,in the fields,Elizabeth and I talked about it,what journeys those pioneers made,quite amazing.
Fine shot of this iconic scene, Frank and not a bug in sight!
Frank L Croston.: Thank you,Martin,I did seem to avoid most of them! smile
Fantastic shot and I find going forwards quite often works, rather than side shots. No sign of any bugs is there. Glad you got back alright as it's not the best place to have car trouble by the look of it
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Janet,I found the same,no,not the best place,help was two hours away...
I guess, having seen this in so many cowboy films, it almost defied belief that you were actually seeing it for real, I think that's how I would have felt. Glad the car lasted out the journey and you got back o.k.
Frank L Croston.: That's exactly right,Brian,I saw so many things,that I have grown up with,on film, I had to pinch myself a few times.Thanks, Brian.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Nov 2013, 16:47
Looking like a big town built of nature stone - a gorgeous rockscape - a similar photo I saw today on a broschure with advertisements about US travels in 2014. But nothing can beat a real experience!
Your story sounds a bit like a road movie - I remember 'Paris, Texas' - one of the best Wim Wenders' film I ever saw!
Frank L Croston.: Ah,yes,Philine,an excellent movie,with the iconic soundtrack by Ry Cooder, I sometimes feel like I walked out of the wilderness,and met Elizabeth.
Looks as though the Romans were here smile
Frank L Croston.: Probably the nearest connection would be John Wayne,who did feature in a biblical epic,as a Roman soldier Tom,about which there is a very good joke. smile
  • Robbyne
  • United States
  • 8 Nov 2013, 03:03
Looks like a long desert road to nowhere, being from the desert I know those roads all to well, great capture
Frank L Croston.: Thanks,Robbyne,the roads are wonderful,I enjoyed them a lot.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Nov 2013, 03:32
Nice one, Frank!
Frank L Croston.: Thanks,Ray,strange when you get to TAKE photo's you have been looking at all your life!
What a view eh? So glad you shared it here.

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