centralia 2
canon 10d @ 800 iso
tamron 28-75mm f/2.8

this is in centralia, pa. it was a coal mining town for many years. in 1961 the mines caught fire and numerous attempts to put them out failed. 44 years later, the town is a ghost town (i think twelve houses remain occupied) and huge tracts of land have been reduced to smouldering scorched earth. veins of coal run everywhere for miles, and the fire is still very much alive and spreading.
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molto bella e raffinata.. very interesting shot!

Posted by odilia at March 6, 2005 03:54 AM
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Nice - very "Night of the Living Dead"!

Posted by Peloria at March 6, 2005 10:21 AM
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jiminy cricket!

exceptional

Posted by Swerve : Swerve.Net at March 6, 2005 11:20 AM
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Great silhouette shot. Love the previous entry too.

Posted by David H-W at March 6, 2005 11:57 AM
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this is in centralia, pa. it's (or was) a coal mining town for many years. in 1961 the mines caught fire and numerous attempts to put them out failed. 44 years later, the town is a ghost town (i think twelve houses remain occupied) and great swaths of land have been reduced to smouldering scorched earth. veins of coal run everywhere for miles, and the fire is still very much alive and spreading.

Posted by matto at March 6, 2005 12:01 PM
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Matt, this is exceptional. It really works to have the words to accompany this. I could have been 'just a fantastic Matto shot', but it's so much more with words!

Posted by Carlo Ferroni at March 6, 2005 06:54 PM
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Hey Matt, Another great image! I just noticed the spotlight on my site and appreciate it very much! I may have to switch to another host if the server problems are not resolved soon. Thanks again!

Posted by Matt at March 6, 2005 09:15 PM
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I'm kind of curious how it is you do all this travelling, Matt.

Do you work for the CIA? And if so, is it wise to hip the bad guys to your travels by recording this photographic record?

:)

Posted by Joe Briefcase at March 6, 2005 10:59 PM
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with a name like joe briefcase you shouldn't need to ask if I'M cia :)

i've been on the road a spell. coming home soon though. just been bopping around in my time off. busy summer coming up though! back to work!

Posted by matto at March 7, 2005 12:07 AM
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Very nice! Some friends and I are planning a day trip to Centralia, just to get on the road and to satisfy our curiousity.

Posted by peter at March 7, 2005 08:53 AM
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Wonderful shot, great color!

Posted by pyo at March 7, 2005 10:45 AM
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I like this version better than the first. You've captured the mood in this shot. Well done.

Posted by Pramesh at March 7, 2005 02:30 PM
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Just wanted to add my "ditto." The color background is stunning, even if it is created by a destructive fire.

Posted by Robert at March 7, 2005 03:43 PM
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oh hey... the colour of the sky isn't due to the fire at all, that's just the sunset :)

the fire is all underground. it's more of a slow smoulder that a fire. it doesn't glow, that i know of, just smokes a lot.

Posted by matto at March 7, 2005 10:47 PM
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I've managed to save up roughly $77453 in my bank account, but I'm not sure if I should buy a house or not. Do you think the market is stable or do you think that home prices will decrease by a lot?

Posted by Courtney Gidts at March 4, 2006 08:09 AM
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