Sep 022010

ISO80; f/5; 1/320; 26.8mm; 8:08am (Canon SX10)

This is the camel that sits atop the Hi Jolly Monument.  I converted to monochrome, then painted the camel with the Tint brush in Aperture.

IS80; f/8; 1/250; 5mm; 8:07am (Canon SX10)

This is our Hi Jolly Monument located in our cemetery of the same name in Quartzsite.J

This pyramid of native stone marks the resting place of Hi Jolly, a Greek born in Syria, also known as Philip Tedro and Hadji Ali. Hi Jolly was hired in 1857 as a camel herder in the U.S. Army’s short-lived historic Camel Corps by Lt. Edward F. Beale in his expedition to chart a wagonroad across New Mexico and Arizona, ending at the Colorado River. In 1861 the Civil War commenced, ending the Camel Corps. Hi Jolly returned to Quartzsite trying his hand at mining, packing, scouting, delivering the “Jackass Mail,” and selling water to travelers. Legend has it that the ashes of Topsy, Hi Jolly’s favorite camel and companion are also placed in the pyramid.

The camel atop the pyramid symbolizes the legend of The Red Ghost that roamed the desert, terrorizing man and beast with what amounted to a corpse tied to his back.

Quartzsite is preparing to celebrate Arizona’s Centennial.  I’ve been told by a couple people that they need photos of Quartzsite.  So, I’m half fooling around with the idea of participating.  The cool thing about the above image is that I can easily change the colors and come up with different looks:

  8 Responses to “THEME: Monochrome”

  1. I like your takes on the camel and the story of a colorful man to go with it. You should definitely submit some images, by the way…

  2. I too like the story behind this image. Personally I like the orangish-yellow camel the best.

  3. What an interesting story! When I saw the pyramid, I thought it would be a perfect destination for a Dan Brown novel (The Da Vinci Code). The camels in colors are cool!

  4. What an interesting story!! Sounds like a movie. Love the different colors of the camels.

  5. What a great story! Your camel image could easily be a logo, nice.

  6. What unique camel art! The story is really interesting.

  7. I love your creative take on the camels….especially the lower ones…those colors are great! I enjoyed learning more about the pryamid of native stones and Hi Jolly….I always learn something from your posts!

  8. nice monochrome and I like the way you show the whole thing with story as well as your colorful examples

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