My daughter's horseback riding lessons are at a stable way the hell out in the middle of nowhere. When I take her there, there's nothing for poor little me to do – no Starbucks, no library or bookstore – no nothin'.
So I like to bring my bicycle along. And on a recent ride out in the boonies, I came across Blake's Small Car Salvage, Inc.
Blake's is a couple of miles from my daughter's lessons. It's right there off the side of the road, plain as day – but the first time I rode by I didn't even notice it right away.
I think that's because of the art studio on the property adjacent to Blake's. (To call it "next door" doesn't feel quite right, out in those wide open spaces, but I suppose that's what it really is.) The art studio's roof is very eye-catching, as you can see in the photo below. Once my eye was caught, I stopped for a closer look.
I saw these roadside attractions in early May. I didn't have a camera with me but vowed to return, which I did on June 3. It just seemed so very odd – this auto salvage business with its distinctive neighbor and imaginative sign, way out in the boondocks.
I don't know how noticeable it is in the top photo, but if you squint, maybe you can tell the sign for Blake's is made of old Colorado license plates, which someone – Blake, or perhaps someone from the art studio – has re-fashioned. In modern parlance, "re-purposed."
Final note: Along the property line, Blake or whoever has erected this interesting barrier, below. I didn't shoot the whole thing. Portions of it are made of old school buses.