Description Support pilings of an abandoned railroad trestle stand like sentinels of the desert near Columbus, New Mexico. The trestle was part of the 'Southern Route' of the old Southern Pacific Railroad . Operations ceased on the route in December 1961; rails were pulled up and ties removed. Soon afterward, the townsites along the route became ghost towns.
Michael Hodges, Rock Island Tennessee Member Since October 2007 Artist Statement Mike is a naturalist/photographer whose images depict the beauty of nature and the things of everyday life along the back-roads of the southern Appalachians, mid-western prairies, and southwestern deserts. His landscape and nature images remind us of the natural beauty of the world we live in and encourage us, in the midst of the stress of everyday life, to connect with something greater than ourselves.
Images from Mike's Gallery Lost-N-TIme depict things of the past - things abandoned, things left behind. Studying relics of the past evokes a sense of wonder about those who once owned and valued the items. What were their plans and dreams; what were their heartaches and sorrows; what were their plans for the tomorrow that never came? These images serve to remind us that like a vapor, we are here today - gone tomorrow. We come to realize that all to soon we to will make our exit.
In the future, someone will sift through our relics and contemplate who we were and what we left behind. Will we be remembered with gratitude or with contempt?
"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it." President Lyndon B. Johnson (Signing of the Wilderness Act, 1964)