Dirt road and a Flower / by Dennis Bernhard

I made both of these photographs on desolate stretches of Route 66. 

Dirt road with cattle guard in New Mexico

Dirt road with cattle guard in New Mexico

I was on this dirt road section of Route 66 for 18 miles. I loved how the long stretch turns right up the hill goes off into the unknown. 

I also find cattle guards incredibly intriguing. I can't believe they work. 

Road side sunflower

Road side sunflower

I made this photograph on a stretch of Route 66 where the vegetation on the side of the road had started to creep into the road itself. This section had a number of strong groups of sunflowers. I liked how this bunch stood out against the mountains in the background.

- Dennis