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I’l be working my way north today on the Asphalt.If you are in Flagstaff, Arizona tomorrow night at 7pm I hope you’ll come out to Uptown Pubhouse, raise a glass, and hear me read from my new book Blood In The Asphalt, Prayers From The Highway just released from @tolsunbooks. I’ll have copies there for sale and would be stoked to sign them as well. See you tomorrow night at 7 in the High Country. #tolsunbooks #uptownpubhouse #flagstaff #bookrelease #smallpress #narrowchimneyreadingseries #localauthors #bloodintheasphalt #prayersfromthehighway #highdesertmystic #mydissapearingwest #descanso #roadsidememorial #roadsideshrine #roadstory
I’l be working my way north today on the Asphalt.If you are in Flagstaff, Arizona tomorrow night at 7pm I hope you’ll come out to Uptown Pubhouse, raise a glass, and hear me read from my new book Blood In The Asphalt, Prayers From The Highway just released from @tolsunbooks. I’ll have copies there for sale and would be stoked to sign them as well. See you tomorrow night at 7 in the High Country. #tolsunbooks  #uptownpubhouse  #flagstaff  #bookrelease  #smallpress  #narrowchimneyreadingseries  #localauthors  #bloodintheasphalt  #prayersfromthehighway  #highdesertmystic  #mydissapearingwest  #descanso  #roadsidememorial  #roadsideshrine  #roadstory 
Dented Toolbox and busted knuckles - And in the end maybe that’s all any of us are - blood, rust, and a little red paint...Blood in the Asphalt, Prayers from the Highway. New from @tolsunbooks, order it today. If you’ve ever done time looking thru a windshield  and working on the nature of love and sin, loss and forgiveness.... #love #loss #sin #forgiveness #bloodintheasphalt #prayersfromthehighway #towtruck #towtrucklife #tolsunbooks #smallpress #snapontoolbox #vintageamericana #hoodemblem #mexicanbikerring #tucson #roadstories #route66 #roadtrip #descanso #descansado #memorials #roadsideshrine #roadsidememorial #stilllife #wreckonthehighway #instagramstories #instagrampoetry
Dented Toolbox and busted knuckles - And in the end maybe that’s all any of us are - blood, rust, and a little red paint...Blood in the Asphalt, Prayers from the Highway. New from @tolsunbooks, order it today. If you’ve ever done time looking thru a windshield and working on the nature of love and sin, loss and forgiveness.... #love  #loss  #sin  #forgiveness  #bloodintheasphalt  #prayersfromthehighway  #towtruck  #towtrucklife  #tolsunbooks  #smallpress  #snapontoolbox  #vintageamericana  #hoodemblem  #mexicanbikerring  #tucson  #roadstories  #route66  #roadtrip  #descanso  #descansado  #memorials  #roadsideshrine  #roadsidememorial  #stilllife  #wreckonthehighway  #instagramstories  #instagrampoetry 
Shot on a very windy cold day in the coal belt of South Africa. #roadsidememorial #death #cross #memorial #documentaryphotography
Today is the day. My book of road stories and highway memorials - Blood in the Asphalt, Prayers from the Highway - is officially released. Here is the link to order a copy, hope you enjoy. Big thanks to everyone who helped make it real. #firstbook #smallpress #tolsunbooks #jessesensibar #instagramstories #instagrampoetry #bloodintheasphalt #prayersfromthehighway #virginofguadalupe #ladyofthehighway #roadsidememorial #roadsideshrines #memorials #descanso #descansado #roadstories #mydissapearingwest #highdesertmystic
Today is the day. My book of road stories and highway memorials - Blood in the Asphalt, Prayers from the Highway - is officially released. Here is the link to order a copy, hope you enjoy. Big thanks to everyone who helped make it real. #firstbook  #smallpress  #tolsunbooks  #jessesensibar  #instagramstories  #instagrampoetry  #bloodintheasphalt  #prayersfromthehighway  #virginofguadalupe  #ladyofthehighway  #roadsidememorial  #roadsideshrines  #memorials  #descanso  #descansado  #roadstories  #mydissapearingwest  #highdesertmystic 
Not sure if this is a cross marking an accident. Some evidence of stones and flowers at its base so I think so. Some locals said its just a place where people have a braai(BBQ) sometimes. Seems an unlikely place to do that. Who knows. #roadsidememorial #cross #religion #christianity #death #road #roadside
Not a very pretty area and grim weather. #roadsidememorial #cross #death #road #roadaccident #cross #christianity #religion
Wet cross. A new memorial I found today in the rain. #roadsidememorial #roadside #cross #religion #christianity #death
The Snubbe Cross. Believed to have been first established in the year 1400, built on top of a 3000+ year old burial mound. Only a short drive away from IKEA, this old roadside memorial still stands tall but obscured from modern day Denmark.

#ancientmonuments #nordichistory #danishhistory #bronzeage #roadsidememorial #burialmound #burialmounds #crosses #snubbekorshøj #pagan #taastrup
I-17 southbound. All dressed up for Fall. I pass this shrine all the time, one of my students was riding in this car and survived. Haley and Lorena did not. Their friends and family still actively maintain this little patch of highway right-of-way in the tall pines. #descanso #descansado #roadsidememorial #roadsideshrine #highwaymemorial #bloodintheasphalt #prayersfromthehighway #mydissapearingwest #highdesertmystic #arizona #flagstaff
Another Quikrete sculpture packed full of found objects. I’m working on my ninth one today. 
#sculpture #quikrete #birthdaycandles #tiaras #birthday #cross #memorial #roadsidememorial #artistsoninstagram #salvage #purdue #mfa
When your staff nails your birthday! Thanks ladies! I’m feeling the love! A Pirate looks at Fifty #roadsidememorial #jesuscandles
I’ll be reading from and talking about my new book Blood In The Asphalt, Prayers From The Highway coming October 16th from @tolsunbooks tonight at 5pm Arizona time if you want to get online and stream it. #bloodintheasphalt #prayersfromthehighway #communityradio #smallpress #tolsunbooks #instagramstories #instagrampoetry #highdesertmystic #mydissapearingwest #radiosunnyside #outlawradio #descanso #descansado #roadsideshrine #roadsidememorial
Sunrise parade route around #kelleysisland is one of my favorite drives.  #artcar #virginmary #thatcar #roadsidememorial
The Coan monument on dedication day, August 5, 1925. The sign behind the car advertises a restaurant and home cooking ~ inside the barn-looking building it’s attached to? 🤔😬
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#lincolnhighway #roadsideamerica #roadsidememorial #twolane #iowahistory #oldcars #travelamerica #roadtripusa
Check out my lincolnhighwaynews.com blog for the story of this forgotten LH monument in eastern Iowa.
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#lincolnhighway #lincolnhighwayiowa #oldroad #roadside #roadsideamerica #roadsidememorial #monuments #emblems #iowahistory #twolanetravel
I tried really hard to swerve and miss this little dude but he didn't make it. Sorry little dude, you won't be forgotten...least till the street sweeper comes by or a rain storm comes. #chipmunkmemorial #headstone #roadkill #iamnotakiller #itried #roadsidememorial #joannfabrics
Shadows
Shadows
Who is being remembered here?
My daughter spied this. How did I miss that?? I think it was at the Elk Rock viewpoint going down Spirit Lake Highway, the only road that heads to Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mt. St Helens. Definitely after the Holfstadt Creek Bridge shown here. Too busy in awe at our first good viewpoint of the mountain. Down below you see the North Fork Toutle River and where you can still see the path of destruction. As you wound your way up the highway, which followed the river very closely, you could gradually see the landscape change from lush green brush and woods right up to the river bank, to a wide valley flattened by the aftermath of the blast. I wonder who is remembered there. Someone from 1980, someone from a roadside accident...? I didn’t venture closer as there are signs everywhere to stay on marked areas and trails, or a fine! I watch too much Northwest Law to disobey that 😂! #mtsthelens #spiritlakehighway #northforktoutleriver #roadsidememorial #mtsthelensnationalvolcanicmonument #washingtonstate #cascademountains #cross #memorialcross #mountains
Who is being remembered here? My daughter spied this. How did I miss that?? I think it was at the Elk Rock viewpoint going down Spirit Lake Highway, the only road that heads to Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mt. St Helens. Definitely after the Holfstadt Creek Bridge shown here. Too busy in awe at our first good viewpoint of the mountain. Down below you see the North Fork Toutle River and where you can still see the path of destruction. As you wound your way up the highway, which followed the river very closely, you could gradually see the landscape change from lush green brush and woods right up to the river bank, to a wide valley flattened by the aftermath of the blast. I wonder who is remembered there. Someone from 1980, someone from a roadside accident...? I didn’t venture closer as there are signs everywhere to stay on marked areas and trails, or a fine! I watch too much Northwest Law to disobey that 😂! #mtsthelens  #spiritlakehighway  #northforktoutleriver  #roadsidememorial  #mtsthelensnationalvolcanicmonument  #washingtonstate  #cascademountains  #cross  #memorialcross  #mountains 
Shooting the garden at Caritas with my photographer of 17 years the wonderful Gavin Hansford and, a roadside memorial on the backroad between Sale and Bairnsdale - it’s hand carved and sadly beautiful. 
#garden #hospitalgardens #thelinenproject #workinprogress #caritaschristi @stvincentsmelbourne #roadsidememorial
When death carts me off to the bottomlands, when I begin the long work of rising—

Death, whoever and whatever you are, tallest king of
tall kings, grant me these wishes: unstring my bones;
let me be not one thing but all things, and wondrously
scattered; shake me free from my name. Let the wind, and
the wildflowers, and the catbird never know it. Let
time loosen me like the bead of a flower from its wrappings
of leaves. Let me begin the changes, let me—

Can you imagine a world without certainty?
The wind rises the wind falls.

The gravels of the world,
the stones of the world
are in their proper places.

The vast, writhing
worms of the sea
are in their places.

The white gulls
on the wet rocks
are in their places.

is certainty.
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#maryoliver #poetry #gravel #wyoming #memorial #goldenhour #longshadows  #roadsidememorial #interstate80
When death carts me off to the bottomlands, when I begin the long work of rising— Death, whoever and whatever you are, tallest king of tall kings, grant me these wishes: unstring my bones; let me be not one thing but all things, and wondrously scattered; shake me free from my name. Let the wind, and the wildflowers, and the catbird never know it. Let time loosen me like the bead of a flower from its wrappings of leaves. Let me begin the changes, let me— Can you imagine a world without certainty? The wind rises the wind falls. The gravels of the world, the stones of the world are in their proper places. The vast, writhing worms of the sea are in their places. The white gulls on the wet rocks are in their places. is certainty. • • • #maryoliver  #poetry  #gravel  #wyoming  #memorial  #goldenhour  #longshadows  #roadsidememorial  #interstate80 
Shout out to the @cholo_sleds got some killer sleds. The pin stripe is on point. Give them a follow.

#Repost @cholo_sleds (@get_repost)
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Broke off from the cruise to pay my respects. #roadsidememorial #roadsideblessings 🙏🏽 #cholosleds
Broke off from the cruise to pay my respects. #roadsidememorial #roadsideblessings 🙏🏽 #cholosleds
Roadside Memorial: Southern Colorado.  On a hillside in front of a outcropping of red rock every nook and cranny was filled with alter items and memorial keepsakes. Had to turn the van around after passing this spot at a high rate of speed.  #Memorial #roadsidememorial #roadside #Colorado #highways #CO #southerncolorado #SC #mary #mothermary #roadtrip #roadtrippers #roadtripping #van #vanlife #adventure #wanderlust #travel #traveler #west #western #westernroadtrip #thephotovagabond #cross #crosses #religious
Roadside Memorial: Southern Colorado. On a hillside in front of a outcropping of red rock every nook and cranny was filled with alter items and memorial keepsakes. Had to turn the van around after passing this spot at a high rate of speed. #Memorial  #roadsidememorial  #roadside  #Colorado  #highways  #CO  #southerncolorado  #SC  #mary  #mothermary  #roadtrip  #roadtrippers  #roadtripping  #van  #vanlife  #adventure  #wanderlust  #travel  #traveler  #west  #western  #westernroadtrip  #thephotovagabond  #cross  #crosses  #religious 
Roadside Memorial: Somewhere in southern Colorado between Pagosa Springs and Alamosa.. I think.  Traveling at a high rate of speed, I had to pull over and turn around.  Among the redrock nooks and crannies were alter offerings and other memorial objects on this hillside.  More images to come of this site but this stood out the most.  Tiny Bible. 
#Memorial #roadsidememorial #roadside #Colorado #highways #CO #southerncolorado #SCO #bible #tiny #small #macro #macrophotography #roadtrip #roadtrippers #roadtripping #van #vanlife #adventure #wanderlust #travel #traveler #west #western #westernroadtrip #thephotovagabond
Roadside Memorial: Somewhere in southern Colorado between Pagosa Springs and Alamosa.. I think. Traveling at a high rate of speed, I had to pull over and turn around. Among the redrock nooks and crannies were alter offerings and other memorial objects on this hillside. More images to come of this site but this stood out the most. Tiny Bible. #Memorial  #roadsidememorial  #roadside  #Colorado  #highways  #CO  #southerncolorado  #SCO  #bible  #tiny  #small  #macro  #macrophotography  #roadtrip  #roadtrippers  #roadtripping  #van  #vanlife  #adventure  #wanderlust  #travel  #traveler  #west  #western  #westernroadtrip  #thephotovagabond 
I wasn’t allowed to be a pallbearer because I am a woman: Thinking about my first intensive dye memorial piece from 2012, hand dyed and hand made flowers with handwoven banner, a woman’s labor for grief. Thinking about misogyny in grieving rituals as well as post mortem misogyny in descriptions of a life. Thinkin how social media makes death voyeuristic for the outsider through memorial. Ultimately thinkin how we removed ourselves from the body and death from centuries past. When rituals involved touching the dead and wailing and photographing and I feel like we are gettin back to our dead somehow with photographs and live streams of funerals reminiscent of times when we cut locks of hair as reminders. Feels good.
I wasn’t allowed to be a pallbearer because I am a woman: Thinking about my first intensive dye memorial piece from 2012, hand dyed and hand made flowers with handwoven banner, a woman’s labor for grief. Thinking about misogyny in grieving rituals as well as post mortem misogyny in descriptions of a life. Thinkin how social media makes death voyeuristic for the outsider through memorial. Ultimately thinkin how we removed ourselves from the body and death from centuries past. When rituals involved touching the dead and wailing and photographing and I feel like we are gettin back to our dead somehow with photographs and live streams of funerals reminiscent of times when we cut locks of hair as reminders. Feels good.
Brittany Currier and Darius Thomas, 11-28-2004. Their names are obscured by the flowers hung here, but the love that lives on for them is not. The descansos so well cared for, it seems as if they were built yesterday.  14 years later, colors bright, fresh white paint, grass cleared so that all items laid there for their journey is visible.  These young people, 19 when they passed away, were killed in 2004. 
I was able to find an old photograph of their obituary in the Farmington Daily Times.  Somewhat difficult to read, part of their story is there. Darius was from Hogback, NM in the Navajo Nation. and Brittany from Kirtland, NM outside of Farmington. In 2000 it’s population was 6190.  The loss of their young souls must have had a huge impact in their tiny communities. Both were attending New Mexico State University. Based on the side of Highway 550 these descansos are on, I’m guessing they were on their own way home from school but never arrived. 
Now begins the search for their families and with hope, to learn their stories as well. “I depart as air, I shake my white locks at the runaway sun,
I effuse my flesh in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags.

I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop somewhere waiting for you.” ~Walt Whitman, Song of Myself. 1892

#Brittanycurrier #Dariusthomas #highway550 #roadsidememorial #roadsidecrosses #youaremissed #hogback #kirklandnewmexico #farmingtondailytimes #navajo #navajosilence #newmexicotrue #swdiscovered #newmexicobeauty #newmexicoskies #bluesky #goinghome #onmywayhome #newmexicotradition #iamnewmexico #ourhistory #yourstory #tradition #descanso #woodencross #landofenchantment #wewillneverforget #waltwhitman #songofmyself #youaremissed #highwaytoheaven 
@descansotrail
Brittany Currier and Darius Thomas, 11-28-2004. Their names are obscured by the flowers hung here, but the love that lives on for them is not. The descansos so well cared for, it seems as if they were built yesterday. 14 years later, colors bright, fresh white paint, grass cleared so that all items laid there for their journey is visible. These young people, 19 when they passed away, were killed in 2004. I was able to find an old photograph of their obituary in the Farmington Daily Times. Somewhat difficult to read, part of their story is there. Darius was from Hogback, NM in the Navajo Nation. and Brittany from Kirtland, NM outside of Farmington. In 2000 it’s population was 6190. The loss of their young souls must have had a huge impact in their tiny communities. Both were attending New Mexico State University. Based on the side of Highway 550 these descansos are on, I’m guessing they were on their own way home from school but never arrived. Now begins the search for their families and with hope, to learn their stories as well. “I depart as air, I shake my white locks at the runaway sun, I effuse my flesh in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags. I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles. You will hardly know who I am or what I mean, But I shall be good health to you nevertheless, And filter and fibre your blood. Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged, Missing me one place search another, I stop somewhere waiting for you.” ~Walt Whitman, Song of Myself. 1892 #Brittanycurrier  #Dariusthomas  #highway550  #roadsidememorial  #roadsidecrosses  #youaremissed  #hogback  #kirklandnewmexico  #farmingtondailytimes  #navajo  #navajosilence  #newmexicotrue  #swdiscovered  #newmexicobeauty  #newmexicoskies  #bluesky  #goinghome  #onmywayhome  #newmexicotradition  #iamnewmexico  #ourhistory  #yourstory  #tradition  #descanso  #woodencross  #landofenchantment  #wewillneverforget  #waltwhitman  #songofmyself  #youaremissed  #highwaytoheaven  @descansotrail
Pedro’s memorial cross is one of the ones I watch slowly disappearing, I pass this spot pretty often. I take this picture today in the wildflowers of late summer in the high country and wonder if this shrine will survive another winter. If you want to see and read more about this check out my book available from @tolsunbooks #descanso #descansado #placeofrest #memorial #roadsidememorial #roadsideshrine #highdesertmystic #mydissapearingwest #tolsunbooks #bloodintheasphalt #prayersfromthehighway
Pedro’s memorial cross is one of the ones I watch slowly disappearing, I pass this spot pretty often. I take this picture today in the wildflowers of late summer in the high country and wonder if this shrine will survive another winter. If you want to see and read more about this check out my book available from @tolsunbooks #descanso  #descansado  #placeofrest  #memorial  #roadsidememorial  #roadsideshrine  #highdesertmystic  #mydissapearingwest  #tolsunbooks  #bloodintheasphalt  #prayersfromthehighway 
I caught this memorial to fallen miners just as the sun was rising and shining on it. A childhood friend's name is on the plaque. RIP Robert McClean. 
#mammothaz #memorial #copperisking #mine #miners #coppermine #ipulledoverforthis #roadsidememorial #roadtrip
Highway 550, New Mexico. Two unrelated descansos, yet indescribably close to one another, separated only by time. Unknown people, unknown dates of the tragedy born by those who loved them, nonetheless important.  Traditionally, descansos were marked solely by a white cross, a cross placed there in memory of the event. Classic descansos placed here, I will never find those who bore the grief of their loss.  Let them be remembered along the descanso trail. Cameron and an unknown traveler. Isn’t that all of us? “I pray you'll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer
When we lose our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe.” ~ The  Prayer. Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion.  #roadsidememorial #roadsidecrosses #roadsidecross #descanso #iremember #timetraveler #unknowntraveler #rememberme #tradicion #tradition #youaremissed #neverforgotten #newmexico #landofenchantment #newmexico_lovers #celinedion #andreabocelli #theprayer @descansotrail.
Highway 550, New Mexico. Two unrelated descansos, yet indescribably close to one another, separated only by time. Unknown people, unknown dates of the tragedy born by those who loved them, nonetheless important. Traditionally, descansos were marked solely by a white cross, a cross placed there in memory of the event. Classic descansos placed here, I will never find those who bore the grief of their loss. Let them be remembered along the descanso trail. Cameron and an unknown traveler. Isn’t that all of us? “I pray you'll be our eyes And watch us where we go And help us to be wise In times when we don't know Let this be our prayer When we lose our way Lead us to a place Guide us with your grace To a place where we'll be safe.” ~ The Prayer. Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion. #roadsidememorial  #roadsidecrosses  #roadsidecross  #descanso  #iremember  #timetraveler  #unknowntraveler  #rememberme  #tradicion  #tradition  #youaremissed  #neverforgotten  #newmexico  #landofenchantment  #newmexico_lovers  #celinedion  #andreabocelli  #theprayer  @descansotrail.
Jessica M. Sanchez, age 21, beloved and devoted daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011, as a result of an automobile accident. Jessica was a lifelong resident of Cuba, NM. 
Her family still lives in Cuba, they want to tell Jessica’s story, searching for the words that should be written here. “It’s been a long day without you, my friend
And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
We've come a long way from where we began
Oh, I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again.” ~Charlie Puth

#Jessicasanchez #cubanewmexico #ii #wheniseeyouagain #charlieputh  #roadsidememorial #descansos #traditions #inmemoryof #roadsidecrosses @descansotrail
Jessica M. Sanchez, age 21, beloved and devoted daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011, as a result of an automobile accident. Jessica was a lifelong resident of Cuba, NM. Her family still lives in Cuba, they want to tell Jessica’s story, searching for the words that should be written here. “It’s been a long day without you, my friend And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again We've come a long way from where we began Oh, I'll tell you all about it when I see you again When I see you again.” ~Charlie Puth #Jessicasanchez  #cubanewmexico  #ii  #wheniseeyouagain  #charlieputh  #roadsidememorial  #descansos  #traditions  #inmemoryof  #roadsidecrosses  @descansotrail
Adrian. Only 17. The beginning of the journey on descanso trail.  Shot three nights ago as he walked home, a vigil built now in his memory. His grandpa, invited me to their sweet pink porch, lined with grief and a stillness I can’t describe.  Adrian called his Granpa Cuate, it means friend in Spanish. I listened, mostly to the still night air, they were unable to talk, still numb. But I could hear.  Then, the invitation to return, from his lovely, lovely, mother. When the descanso is ready; when they are ready to tell Adrian’s story, a coffee or a beer. His story will be written here, in the way she wants him remembered. We all want to be remembered. His Granma is honored that he will lead the way up this trail. That’s Adrian’s way. #holdingvigil #rememberme #irreplaceable #adrian #theymissyou #roadsidecrosses #descanso #roadsidememorial #vigil #gonetoosoon #goinghome @descansotrail
Adrian. Only 17. The beginning of the journey on descanso trail. Shot three nights ago as he walked home, a vigil built now in his memory. His grandpa, invited me to their sweet pink porch, lined with grief and a stillness I can’t describe. Adrian called his Granpa Cuate, it means friend in Spanish. I listened, mostly to the still night air, they were unable to talk, still numb. But I could hear. Then, the invitation to return, from his lovely, lovely, mother. When the descanso is ready; when they are ready to tell Adrian’s story, a coffee or a beer. His story will be written here, in the way she wants him remembered. We all want to be remembered. His Granma is honored that he will lead the way up this trail. That’s Adrian’s way. #holdingvigil  #rememberme  #irreplaceable  #adrian  #theymissyou  #roadsidecrosses  #descanso  #roadsidememorial  #vigil  #gonetoosoon  #goinghome  @descansotrail
I took this picture from the outdoor patio of my favorite bar in downtown Flagstaff. Monday night a Native guy overdosed and died in the public bathroom you can see in this photo. This temporary memorial sits in the middle of the alley on the pavement where the EMTs tried and failed to revive him. Life on the streets of border towns in Indian Country ain’t nothing kind. The high court is between the curbs. #ndncountry #indiancountry #flagstaffarizona #flagstaff #overdose #dffl #opiodepidemic #forthworld #edgeoftherez #aim #mividaloca #descanso #memorial #roadsidememorial #highdesertmystic #mydissapearingwest #saints #nflhats #sidewalkmemorial #alleys #uptownpubhouse #flagstaffdba #heroinkills
I took this picture from the outdoor patio of my favorite bar in downtown Flagstaff. Monday night a Native guy overdosed and died in the public bathroom you can see in this photo. This temporary memorial sits in the middle of the alley on the pavement where the EMTs tried and failed to revive him. Life on the streets of border towns in Indian Country ain’t nothing kind. The high court is between the curbs. #ndncountry  #indiancountry  #flagstaffarizona  #flagstaff  #overdose  #dffl  #opiodepidemic  #forthworld  #edgeoftherez  #aim  #mividaloca  #descanso  #memorial  #roadsidememorial  #highdesertmystic  #mydissapearingwest  #saints  #nflhats  #sidewalkmemorial  #alleys  #uptownpubhouse  #flagstaffdba  #heroinkills 
I-10 marker 33.5 Westbound a few miles east of Lordsburg, New Mexico. This double shrine for these two travelers faces the oncoming traffic in the shade of tree between the highway and the railroad tracks. I’m glad to be back in the desert this morning. #roadsidememorial #roadsideshrine #highwayshrine #bloodintheasphalt #prayersfromthehighway #highdesertmystic #mydissapearingwest #descanso #descansos #descansado #newmexico #lordsburg
I have always stopped at roadside memorials when it’s convenient because it touches me to see the love for those who died in these places. I have never seen one like this. Multiple memorials, the earliest I could see being 1993, the most recent just last year. Teddy bears, photos, bunnies, poems, a crown of thorns made of barbed wire and of course crosses. Sad, and beautiful. Route 180 northwest of Flagstaff. #flagstaff #roadsidememorial
I have always stopped at roadside memorials when it’s convenient because it touches me to see the love for those who died in these places. I have never seen one like this. Multiple memorials, the earliest I could see being 1993, the most recent just last year. Teddy bears, photos, bunnies, poems, a crown of thorns made of barbed wire and of course crosses. Sad, and beautiful. Route 180 northwest of Flagstaff. #flagstaff  #roadsidememorial 
Texas Farm Road 57 Nathan and Cruz they died with their boots on, they poured them full of concrete, two white hard hats, two pair of orange work gloves, a can of Copenhagen snuff and three American pennies complete the unusual shrine. There are 4 bottles of water to quench the thirst of their souls on the journey to the other side. #highdesertmystic #mydissapearingwest #descanso #descansado #diedwiththeirbootson #roadsidememorial #highwayshrine #roadsideshrine #texas #threepennies
Texas Farm Road 57 Nathan and Cruz they died with their boots on, they poured them full of concrete, two white hard hats, two pair of orange work gloves, a can of Copenhagen snuff and three American pennies complete the unusual shrine. There are 4 bottles of water to quench the thirst of their souls on the journey to the other side. #highdesertmystic  #mydissapearingwest  #descanso  #descansado  #diedwiththeirbootson  #roadsidememorial  #highwayshrine  #roadsideshrine  #texas  #threepennies 
Night Trips - Sometimes on the road I don’t even know where I stop and the story begins. On the nightstand of a $38 motel room somewhere between Tulsa and Oklahoma City is my first book. Nothing makes my happier than to share it with the damaged and the highway, the dancers and the drivers, the lost and the found, Dylyn and Sin. You can preorder a copy now at tolsunbooks.com if you’d like. For me it’s always been the journey not the destination. #nighttripstulsa #highdesertmystic #mydissapearingwest #bloodintheasphalt #prayersfromthehighway #tolsunbooks #descanso #roadsidememorial #descansado #roadsideshrine #instagramstories #instagrampoetry
Night Trips - Sometimes on the road I don’t even know where I stop and the story begins. On the nightstand of a $38 motel room somewhere between Tulsa and Oklahoma City is my first book. Nothing makes my happier than to share it with the damaged and the highway, the dancers and the drivers, the lost and the found, Dylyn and Sin. You can preorder a copy now at tolsunbooks.com if you’d like. For me it’s always been the journey not the destination. #nighttripstulsa  #highdesertmystic  #mydissapearingwest  #bloodintheasphalt  #prayersfromthehighway  #tolsunbooks  #descanso  #roadsidememorial  #descansado  #roadsideshrine  #instagramstories  #instagrampoetry 
6 hours ago Kobus Fourie lost a son in tragic road fatality. 'My deepest condolences for your loss. I was woken up at 2am this morning by your son's passing'

Hope his girlfriend recovers well in hospital.

#RoadsideMemorial
6 hours ago Kobus Fourie lost a son in tragic road fatality. 'My deepest condolences for your loss. I was woken up at 2am this morning by your son's passing' Hope his girlfriend recovers well in hospital. #RoadsideMemorial 
Monument to Al Sieber, found along Route 188 next to Roosevelt Lake. He wasn't a nationally known fellow, but he sure got a nice monument. The second image shows the inscription.

#rooseveltaz #rooseveltlake #monument #roadsidememorial #roadsidephotography #roadtrip #ipulledoverforthis #route188 #alsieber #tontoroad
Took this photos two years ago when working on a project in California's Central Valley. This is a place that provides more than half of produce grown in the US. This is also a land of pollution, poverty, inequality, and dangerous roads. Dangerous roads crowned by beautiful yet heartbreaking roadside memorials. These ofrendas are there to remember and honor the departed. Brown hardworking people away from the coast, (possibly) away from home, chasing the so-called American dream, and risking their lives every day in brutal crops and roads. QEPD. #tbt #california #roadsidememorial #throwbackthursday #rip
Took this photos two years ago when working on a project in California's Central Valley. This is a place that provides more than half of produce grown in the US. This is also a land of pollution, poverty, inequality, and dangerous roads. Dangerous roads crowned by beautiful yet heartbreaking roadside memorials. These ofrendas are there to remember and honor the departed. Brown hardworking people away from the coast, (possibly) away from home, chasing the so-called American dream, and risking their lives every day in brutal crops and roads. QEPD. #tbt  #california  #roadsidememorial  #throwbackthursday  #rip 
New Mexico 54 - I love the simple cross on the shrine for the Virgin of Guadalupe made of skeleton cactus ribs. #descanso #descansado #roadsidememorial #highdesert #newmexico #roadsideshrine #highway54 #mydissapearingwest #highdesertmystic #bloodintheasphalt #prayersfromthehighway #tolsunbooks