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HFF, Humberstone, a shadow of itself (DSC 5553)

The poor pun is intended. Humberstone was founded in 1872 for the mining of salitre (sodium nitrate), which was used in the manufacture of explosives. It was one of many such towns, and the business was lucrative, salitre being nicknamed "white gold." In the 1930s synthetic nitrate was developed, and the industry suffered. The Humberstone mine was closed in 1960, and the town was abandoned. There were many such towns, and little is left of them. But in 1971, the Chilean government declared Humberstone and neighboring Santa Laura a national monument and they were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, so they are mostly preserved. They are located near Iquique, Chile.
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Stephan Fey said:

HFF Tony, and a good weekend. Nice western scene ;-)
2 months ago

Pierre Pasqualini said:

Belle perspective, jolie composition avec ce beau jeu d'ombres.
2 months ago ( translate )

Jaap van 't Veen said:

Lovely play of light and shadow.
Happy FF and enjoy your weekend.
2 months ago

Trudy Tuinstra said:

beautiful HFF
2 months ago ( translate )

Diana Australis said:

HFF Tony. This is fabulous.
I was very impressed with Humberstone, too, rising as it does from the Atacama!
Have a super weekend
2 months ago

David G Johnson said:

A most interesting story there thanks Tony.... Cheers''
Have a fine weekend - keep well - and a ''HFF'' to you - from > David J.. UK.
2 months ago

Roger (Grisly) said:

Terrific perspective, an excellent capture and interesting narrative Tony
HFF and a great weekend.
2 months ago ( translate )

niraK68 said:

schönes Schattenspiel
HFF
2 months ago ( translate )

TonyF* said:

Thank you for your comments. I like this group and HBM because they force me to remember photos I otherwise would forget (I had mostly forgotten about this photo) think of new photos, which I otherwise might not consider, and see others do the same. Have a good weekend.
2 months ago

Ulrich John said:

A nice line of shadows, Tony ! Have a good weekend and HFF !
2 months ago

Per said:

Excellent shot Tony and interesting narrative! HFF and have good weekend.
2 months ago

Betty【ツ】 said:

Very interesting! Nice composition! HFF Tony!
2 months ago ( translate )

Bergfex said:

HFF and a nice weekend!
2 months ago ( translate )

Nora Caracci said:

perfect perspective, the eyes run to the bottom !
Hopefull FF & WE !
2 months ago

Ecobird said:

Excellent perspective and great notes Tony. It does look like a ghost town. Love the shadows and the title

HFF and have a good weekend
2 months ago