Found: Abandoned Auto Heaven

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This past week-end I was in “abandoned auto heaven”. 4000 vintage cars and trucks in a junkyard that is 80 years old on 35 acres.

I hosted 17 die hard photographers to Old Car City in White, Ga. We arrived on Friday night and woke up to rain on Saturday morning that looked like it was in for the day. I was more than a little concerned since we had driven almost 5 hours to get there. We met for breakfast and just as we were finishing up the sun peeked out and the rain stopped. We had great cloud cover which made for perfect photography.

As soon as we got in we had to decide if we were going to shoot 1/2 day or a full day. Since the weather wasAs soon as we got in we had to decide if we were going to shoot 1/2 day or a full day. Since the weather was a little iffy we decided to play it by ear and see how we faired after the first half of the morning. We no sooner got into the place when most of us got so excited at what we were seeing that we decided we would definitely stay the entire day.

As I stepped through the entrance to the first area I felt like it was Christmas morning and this was going to be the best bunch of gifts I would ever have. It is something I have been dreaming of and couldn’t believe my luck in finding this paradise. Now I know some of you find it hard to believe that a person could get so excited by 4000 junk cars and trucks. I hope once you see my photos you will understand the answer. I spent the first 3 hours in one small area of 200 cars, each one holding the promise of some awesome photos.

We took a short lunch break and it was evident that everyone was just as excited as I was and we all knew that there would be another trip in the future. I spent the rest of the day walking the trails in the back area knowing that I would never be able to see everything but eager to get started. Since the ground was wet I was bending over a good bit of the time so my back and feet were aching, but every time I looked up there was another treasure ahead.

Maxine and I happened to meet at an old RV they had made into a rest area place to sit down. We were exhausted, giddy and wishing we had a couple of days to spend there. We shared some finds and after a little rest we both chose a trail and headed off hoping to find “the one”.

To top off our trip we ate at two totally awesome restaurants, both serving real southern cooking. No frozen prepackaged food, fresh meat and fresh vegetables. Oh my my!

a little iffy we decided to play it by ear and see how we faired after the first half of the morning. We no sooner got into the place when most of us got so excited at what we were seeing that we decided we would definitely stay the entire day.

As I stepped through the entrance to the first area I felt like it was Christmas morning and this was going to be the best bunch of gifts I would ever have. It is something I have been dreaming of and couldn’t believe my luck in finding this paradise. Now I know some of you find it hard to believe that a person could get so excited by 4000 junk cars and trucks. I hope once you see my photos you will understand the answer. I spent the first 3 hours in one small area of 200 cars, each one holding the promise of some awesome photos.

We took a short lunch break and it was evident that everyone was just as excited as I was and we all knew that there would be another trip in the future. I spent the rest of the day walking the trails in the back area knowing that I would never be able to see everything but eager to get started. Since the ground was wet I was bending over a good bit of the time so my back and feet were aching, but every time I looked up there was another treasure ahead.

Maxine and I happened to meet at an old RV they had made into a rest area place to sit down. We were exhausted, giddy and wishing we had a couple of days to spend there. We shared some finds and after a little rest we both chose a trail and headed off hoping to find “the one”.

To top off our trip we ate at two totally awesome restaurants, both serving real southern cooking. No frozen prepackaged food, fresh meat and fresh vegetables. Oh my my!

This was a fantastic week-end with a great group of photographers. It couldn’t have been more perfect…well on second thought, it could have been more perfect if we could have had another couple of days.

I felt like Scarlett O’Hara standing there looking over it all and thinking… “After all tomorrow is another day”

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