Did we find large Chickens?

My previous post gave a little of our journey to Vidal Junction to photograph a couple of large chickens. I had been told by an acquaintance that there were 2 large chickens atop an old restaurant at the intersection of US Highway 95 and California Highway 62. I searched the Internet and found a couple of photos and sure enough, there were 2 large chickens. There was a chicken at each of the front corners of the restaurant. In the photos, it looked like the business was no longer. Well, the world isn’t perfect.

After being on the road for 4 & ½  hours, see previous post for some of the details of the trip, we arrived at Vidal Jct. Over the top of mini market/gas station, I could see a large chicken. With growing excitement, I made a left at the stop sign and headed to the restaurant. It was then I could see that there was now only one chicken on the roof. Where the other chicken was located, there is now a light on a pole, probably for security reasons. Having spent the previous few days planning my angle to get both chickens in my photo, I now had only one. The best laid plans…LavidaJctCA-(20130612)-003

Back home after the trip, I see a post on Matt Kloskowski’s Blog, http://www.mattk.com, a blog titled, “Photographing Something Different Than What You Showed Up For.” How appropriate since that is what I just encountered. Sometimes in life you’re handed lemons, that’s when you make lemonade. The restaurant was out of business but it wasn’t in derelict state as often happens. I had something to with which work. I now would have to look for some good light.LavidaJctCA-(20130612)-039

That afternoon we decided to drive up to Lake Havasu City to look around. As we came around a bend in the road, we found the other chicken. It turns out the owner of the mini market/gas station in Vidal Jct. has another market/gas station and had removed the chicken and placed it upon his other store.GiantChickenOnGasStation-ParkerStripAZ-(20130612)-003

Here’s my wife Margaret taking a picture of the chicken the next morning at sunrise. That morning was bright and clear, not a cloud in the sky. But luckily the evening before there were some great clouds that were light nicely at sunset.LavidaJctCA-(20130613)-073

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Coming home Thursday morning, we headed north on Highway 95 to Needles. It was a very beautiful drive with some great scenery. Definitely I’ll have to come back to this area in the future. Before getting on the interstate to head west, we stopped in Needles to get a couple of pieces of fruit for snacks along the way home. As we drove west on Broadway St. in Needles just scouting for interesting photo opportunities my wife suddenly site a giant, a metal sculpture of a giant snake. I couldn’t pass that up.GiantSnake-MetalSculpture-NeedlesCA-(20130613)-010

Overall, this was a great trip for us. I got a couple of giants and we had a great time. The weather was nice, temperature in Parker, AZ. was about 110˚. After lunch in Parker on Wednesday, I spotted a mini-van with bicycles on top of it. Having been the bicycling photographer for 30 years, I easily spot bicycles. It looked like a support crew for cyclists. I was the photographer for the Race Across America (RAAM) from 1984 until 1999 and this definitely looked like a support vehicle. We stopped at the restaurant where the vehicle was and went inside and found the occupants. It RAAM and they were a support crew. The race had started the day before in Oceanside, CA. Sometimes it seems as if your past is always following you. But, it was a pleasant surprise.

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