I took an early morning drive to San Diego's east county on Saturday. The Pacific Southwest Train Museum in Campo is only open on weekends and I wanted to get in a visit before the punishing summer heat arrived. I saw it would be a nice, cloudy day which made it all the more appealing.
I'm not a train fan, I can appreciate them but I'm not a fan. What I like is rusty, decaying, paint-flaking metal stuff. Lots of it at the train museum; texture is king.
I did not get as many keepers as I'd hoped. The one above is nice but many of the detail shots I made just didn't do it for me. So, they'll remain sequestered for now.
I arrived in Campo 2 hours before the museum opened so I just wandered about, driving up and down highway 94 looking for abandoned buildings and rusty, decaying, paint-flaking stuff.
I stumbled upon this:
Trees full of Turkey Vultures, over 30 by my count. I didn't know they flocked like this. From what I could tell they were still waking up. Very little movement, curled up as to maintain warmth, just blobs in trees from the angle I had. I only had my 24-70mm so that's as close as I could get. A nice little early morning surprise.
Tacos Mexico, an abandoned Mexican restaurant in Boulevard, CA. I love Mexican food and find it hard to believe that any Mexican restaurant could fail in SoCal. San Diego's east county is very rural, especially out in Campo/Boulevard area (just a few miles from the desert) so maybe they just didn't have the customer levels needed to survive. Or, the food was just plain bad. It's not as though they had much competition. There are no fast food, drive-thru shops, nor many Mexican restaurants. So, now it just sits waiting for the occasional wandering photographer to happen by.