Time, if you ask me, is a relative thing. A single day can be excruciatingly long; a summer can be far too brief. My choice of theme day images addresses the ultimate ephemeral subject: a human life. Because no matter how long someone lives, it almost always seems not long enough. I started taking pictures of these roadside memorials two or three years ago, and by now I have quite a collection of them. Pondering the meaning of the word ephemeral, and considering that it's All Saints Day, part of the tradition of the Day of the Dead, I thought it would be appropriate to share them for today's theme. The practice of roadside memorials started as a Hispanic custom and was common in the American southwest, but over time I'm sure it's spread to other parts of the country. In the last few years I've also noticed people memorializing their deceased loved ones via large bumper stickers. So I started photographing those too. Each roadside memorial marks the spot where someone died, usually from a car or motorcycle accident, but sometimes something more dire. The image at the top of this post marks the spot where the body of a young man was found, murdered elsewhere and dumped off a bridge on a lonely country road.
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Old Colorado City.
A scenic pull over spot at the border of New Mexico and Colorado.
I believe this is near Hancock and Templeton Gap Road, in the vicinity of Horace Mann Junior High.
The nortbound I-25 off ramp from Fillmore Street.