November 18, 2013

Ward Charcoal Ovens, Nevada

Photograph by Royce Bair, Your Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

In operation between 1876 and 1879, Nevada's Ward Charcoal Ovens—here glowing with filtered lights that simulate functioning ovens—were built to produce charcoal from pinyon pine and juniper. In the years following, the ovens are said to have served as shelters for workmen and hideouts for stagecoach bandits. Today they're the main attraction in Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park.

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? While I appreciate the beauty in imperfection, perfection can be equally as compelling. It is clear that a lot of work went into creating this stunning scene. The light painting draws my eye to the hand-hewn symmetry of the structures, lit from within by filtered lights placed to simulate functioning 1876 ovens. The effect is otherwordly. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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103 comments
Mark B.
Mark B.

My gosh, the stars!! 

Sarah Wetzel
Sarah Wetzel

Spectacular! I wish I had a camera that could capture the night sky like this.

huni m.
huni m.

it looks so mysterious!

Beth Ane Dorst
Beth Ane Dorst

Look up...the night sky is filled with eternity!


vivek raj
vivek raj

I wish to live in a place like that.

So peaceful and breathtaking :) 

gagat mulyo
gagat mulyo

beautiful sky and neat brick house :)

gengsheng lu
gengsheng lu

nice! the sky,the earth, the stars,the houses,everything!

desi ardhiani
desi ardhiani

wew, it's so amazing! so peacefull to see it... 

david Harter
david Harter

Just purchased my first Nikon, Waiting delivery. Photography is my passion, even though I have only used fixed lens up to this point (Fuji S8200 ) Looking so forward to my D5200

Shannon T
Shannon T

Beautiful. It would be amazing to be somewhere that the stars are so clear. Love it.

Aamir Baloch
Aamir Baloch

best best best picture i m love this picture.......

Lorentz H.
Lorentz H.

Lovely scene, great photo thanks for it!

Naimeesh Mistry
Naimeesh Mistry

Look like a scene from star wars, but, still, awe inspiring!


Tex Vel
Tex Vel

Beautiful picture!...but somehow it reminded me of the SNL Coneheads in single file walking on the other side of a wall..

Luisa Vieira
Luisa Vieira

Did they stop producing charcoal there? Why?

Teresa K.Curto
Teresa K.Curto

these are approx 5 miles from where i live.. pretty cool to see...

carlos sutter
carlos sutter

A million years from today I wonder how different the inhabitants of that time will think these were built for, and by whom. A religion, or a way to observer the constalations?

Janice H.
Janice H.

Yes, otherworldly is the key word.           So beautiful in all the many ways expressed in the photograph.       I love the perfect star filled sky behind the Charcoal ovens and the mountain-like structure in the background to the right. Really fascinating!

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

Light gathering long exposures reveal wonders of the night sky that we don't see with the "naked" eye.  Our sun is one of the multitude of stars in "our" galaxy, seen edge on here in this photo.  No doubt we are sharing this galaxy with a lot of other sentient life forms.

The row of similarly shaped ovens makes a great foreground for this night sky panorama.  They seem like the dwellings of a tribal race in a science fiction movie. 

Teresa K.Curto
Teresa K.Curto

@carlos sutter  they were built in 1876 by italian masons that that specialized in the ovens called carbonari..  the ovens prepared and made charcoal from harvested timber.. 

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