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Time for some photos from my trip from San Diego to eastern New Mexico and back, in November 2008. This batch is from the first day of my trip, and is heavily centered around Utah. Specifically: highway 95 in southeast Utah, crossing the Colorado River in red rock country.

Nevada U. S. highway 91, Nevada U. S. highway 466
The only button copy sign in Nevada. This one is very, very old.

Utah U. S. highway 91
Ominous clouds over old US-91 in southern Utah.

Utah state route 24
Red rock country. Utah, everybody.

Utah state route 95
Highway 95 at sunset.

Utah state route 95
Highway 95 somewhat past sunset. This wide-angle shot (about 140 degrees field of view!) is made possible by a fisheye lens and a rectilinear conversion tool. Large version of image is 7000 pixels wide!


California interstate 15, California U. S. highway 91, California U. S. highway 466
On top of the creatively named Mountain Pass between southern California and Las Vegas, just north of Baker. Don’t mind the foreground – I combined several exposures and kept the stars in place.

Nevada interstate 15, Nevada U. S. highway 91, Nevada U. S. highway 466
Las Vegas under the fog.

Nevada U. S. highway 91, Nevada U. S. highway 466
How old is the button copy sign? That’s a scraped off US-91 shield on the back of the sign! There’s a 466 on the other side, and you can go here to see some actually clear (daytime!) photos of the shields. US-91 was gone by 1974, US-466 by 1971 … and that style of sign dates back to before 1963!

Utah U. S. highway 91
Sunrise, somewhere in southern Utah on old US-91.

Utah U. S. highway 91, Utah state route 18, Utah business loop 15
The business loop in St. George.

Utah interstate 15
Unlike Nevada, Utah is filled with button copy signs.

Utah U. S. highway 91
Do not get eaten by cows.

Utah state route 14
Red rocks on Utah state highway 14, heading east from Cedar City.

Utah state route 14
What’s this, we’re driving into a snowstorm?

Utah state route 143
Turning north onto highway 143, and looking back west at the one remaining patch of clear sky.

Utah state route 143
About to hit the top of the pass (10420 feet). And yes, I did make this photo black-and-white. It wasn’t quite that gray out – but it was close!

Utah state route 143
Just about at the pass.

Utah state route 143
And coming down now.

Utah U. S. highway 91
There’s really no place to pull over to take pictures, so I employed the Norwegian technique of just stopping in a lane and figuring people are smart enough to go around.

Utah state route 143
Definitely a view worth stopping for.

Utah interstate 70
This may very well be the oldest interstate shield in Utah … and alas, it lacks the state name. There are none left with the state name, unless you count two in Salt Lake City that have been covered up.

Utah interstate 70, Utah U. S. highway 89
Some cutout shields intended for green sign use made it onto poles on the 70/89 multiplex.

Utah interstate 70
All the green has fallen off of this sign.

Utah interstate 70
The longest gap between services on the interstate system.

Utah state route 72
Turning south onto state highway 72.

Utah state route 24
72 ends at 24, and here we head east into red rock country.

Utah state route 24
Utah features this sort of land for hundreds of miles.

Utah state route 24
I don’t know what causes the kind of wavy line present in the clouds at upper right.

Utah state route 95
Now on highway 95, which heads towards the Four Corners area.

Utah state route 95
Getting close to sunset.

Utah state route 95
Past sunset, and just north of the Colorado River crossing on highway 95. This is a combination of two exposures – with a single shot, either one has no detail on the ground, or one blows out the skies.

Utah state route 95
And here is the river itself. If you look carefully, you can see the bridge.

Utah state route 95
Even further past sunset.

Utah state route 95
And here we’re finally getting to the bridge.

Utah state route 95
An extra-wide-angle shot showing all the clouds.

Utah U. S. highway 666, Utah U. S. highway 491, Utah U. S. highway 191
And an actual sign photo to close things off with. Coming up, Colorado to New Mexico.

By |2018-01-17T14:30:57+00:00November 14th, 2009|California, Interstate Highways, Nevada, U. S. Highways, Utah|0 Comments

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