Camera Lucida: Metal

For Want of a Nail

Photo by: JoHanna MasseyFor want of a Nail
The Shoe was lost
For Want of a Shoe
The Horse was lost
For Want of a Horse
The Rider was lost
All being overtaken
And slain by the Enemy
All for the want of Care
About a Horse-shoe Nail.
Benjamin Franklin 1758

Dead Horse State Park Cottonwood Arizona USA Photo by: JoHanna Massey

Metal Sculpture- Dead Horse State Park, Cottonwood Arizona USA                       Photos by: JoHanna Massey

While Julia at My Red Page was on break a few of my photos  began to rust. Wouldn’t you know it?  Camera Lucida theme this week is Metal!                        

That is how cool and intuitive Julia can be. So whether you are feeling alittle rusty or not ….get yourself into action …and go on over to join in, check out, support Camera Lucida at My Red Page.

This week’s theme: Metal

  1. a solid material which is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile, with good electrical and thermal conductivity (e.g. iron, gold, silver, and aluminum, and alloys such as steel).
  2. broken stone for use in road-making.
    “the work also involves dealing with rock aggregates for potential use as suitable road metal”

How Dead Horse State Park  Got Its Name:

The story of the park’s name begins with the Ireys family, who came to Arizona from Minnesota looking for a ranch to buy in the late 1940s. At one of the ranches they discovered a large dead horse lying by the road. After two days of viewing ranches, Dad Ireys asked the kids which ranch they liked the best. The kids said, “the one with the dead horse, Dad!” The Ireys family chose the name Dead Horse Ranch and later, in 1973, when Arizona State Parks acquired the park, the Ireys made retaining the name a condition of sale.

Today’s Music: America “Horse With No Name”


  1. Okay…..thank you for taking me on this journey this morning! I’ve never heard of this park….it looks beautiful! And the sculpture photos are fascinating….especially paired with the quotation. Wonderful interpretation/connection to the challenge!

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  2. The metal horses have wonderful character. I remember the Ben Franklin saying from “way back”. Interesting story how Dead Horse State Park got its name. I love the “people” origins of things.

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    1. One of the great bonuses of Dead Horse State Park besides the fact it has a river, marsh, and great fishing in the ponds…..not so shabby for being high desert…well you can go horse-backing riding. There is a stable of horses for hire, and guides to take you on trail rides. I love this about the Park.


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