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The Desert Queen Ranch

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 7 June 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This ranch is the result of William F. Keys claiming the closed Desert Queen Mine and mill for unpaid wages. In 1917, he homesteaded additional acreage adjoining the five acre mill site. This became the ranch. In 1963, the ranch was sold to the government to be included in Joshua Tree National Park.

Joshua Tree National Park
Part of the Great American West series.

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I'll be busy the next few weeks. Commenting will be spotty at best.

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It's being a wonderful documentary! Great shot of this DQRanch

7 Jun 2011 5:29am

Céline from New York City, United States

Very nice shot !

7 Jun 2011 5:38am

k@ from Paris, France

I don't feel the wind and it makes the image even stronger here.

7 Jun 2011 5:55am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Joli cadrage ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

7 Jun 2011 5:59am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

I really like the desaturated look and the fine detail Steve!

7 Jun 2011 6:12am

PATRICK from miramas, France


7 Jun 2011 6:13am

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon,, Canada

Your colors are incredible here, giving this photo of history a truly beautiful
presence that is hard to beat. The windmill is in astonishing shape and some
of the stones seem to be piled like remains of old architecture. The framing
is astonishingly beautiful.

7 Jun 2011 6:34am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

another great picture from you

7 Jun 2011 6:36am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

a beautiful composition ! great feeling of western movie !

7 Jun 2011 7:10am

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

...where is the ranch ?

7 Jun 2011 7:32am

@Veronique: In the next few days, you'll see lots more. William Keys was quite the scavenger and resourceful guy.

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Incredible colors. An image which reminds me the western movies which I liked looking a few years ago

7 Jun 2011 8:01am

Mhelene from Paris, France

What a place and what a story ! Superb tones in your beautiful photo .

7 Jun 2011 9:30am

missparis from PARIS, France

je reconnais bien ces paysages arides des Etats Unis

7 Jun 2011 9:30am

Thomas from Paris, France

Nice composition. The color are mazing, congrats !

7 Jun 2011 9:50am

Rayak from Paris, France

Superb and hot.

7 Jun 2011 10:24am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

An iconic desert scene, Steve - superb shot!

7 Jun 2011 10:43am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

The old wildmill just seems to fit into the landscape Steve! Beautifully framed shot! ;-)

7 Jun 2011 12:05pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

lovely frame with beautiful tonality !

7 Jun 2011 12:09pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Great shot & interesting story. I like the "natural" fence post in the foreground & wonder if the windmill still pumps water?

7 Jun 2011 12:30pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A nice wind in this superb setting worthy of a "western"! Magnificent tones. Good day.

7 Jun 2011 2:18pm

ClickFlicks Photography from Toronto, Canada

Neat. Great tone. Nice one!

7 Jun 2011 2:50pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Perfect tonality to portray the place! Don't know why, I keep thinking of the snake of yesterday's when I look at the shrubs.:-)

7 Jun 2011 3:26pm

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

Wonderful documentary, great history...very nice shot and framing !!

7 Jun 2011 3:30pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

A very warm light. Beautiful image and thanks for the info.

7 Jun 2011 5:11pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

super compo e tiamge, quel rendu sur la pierre, un western

7 Jun 2011 5:23pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

another classic scene

7 Jun 2011 8:09pm

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

What a place!

7 Jun 2011 9:25pm

Daryl Johnson from New Malden, United Kingdom

What a classic scene!

7 Jun 2011 10:08pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Interesting details Steve, and good to see it's being preserved.

7 Jun 2011 10:17pm

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Clever tones! I agree, another classical composition. Great info to share.

7 Jun 2011 11:11pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Beautiful, Steve! I never quite made it to the ranch, proper..This is really great! Thank you...

8 Jun 2011 12:13am

Jojigirl from Badian, Philippines

rocky, bushy, hot. but a great spot.

8 Jun 2011 1:22am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wonderful shot - just love that windmill! :-)

8 Jun 2011 1:29am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Another beautiful composition! Lovely images from the West! Everything that I like!!!! Well done Steve!!!!

8 Jun 2011 2:02am

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Great series ! :))

8 Jun 2011 4:05am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

beautiful clear textures and perfect framed!

8 Jun 2011 7:45pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I love how the green windmill stands out against the boulder background.

9 Jun 2011 3:33am

Ioanaz from Bucharest, Romania


15 Jun 2011 6:51am

Hooman from Mashhad, Iran

wow!!! you find special thing in far place!!!
good scene

15 Jun 2011 8:12am