Emeralds From The Cornfield

Emeralds From The CornfieldEmeralds From The Cornfield  – Los Angeles State Historic Park,  California, USA

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I’m not sure what this is. I know that the materials steel and glass were unearthed from the Los Angeles State Historic Park formerly known as the Cornfield during archeological excavations to find the roundhouse and turntable used by the Southern Pacific Railroad during the late 1800s. They found them along with the ruins of River Station, a rail car repair and welding shop, and many other artifacts. They studied them, logged them, and afterwards buried them again. To my knowledge the only thing they didn’t bury were these welded, circular, steel structures and emerald colored glass ingots (for lack of a better word). The glass appears to be similar to the type used as insulators on high tension lines. They are all at least a foot long.

It looks like art to me and I believe that is it’s purpose since it positioned between the street and the ranger station behind. I spotted it riding my bike and determined the best time of day for a capture. I knew I had to come back as soon as possible for the Cornfield is ever-changing. One day there are children playing among the sunflowers and corn stalks with chickens and goats running around, and the next day it is closed for a period of one year in an effort to turn it into a downtown Disneyland!

This is my interpretation of…whatever it is.

Copyright 2014 O. Bisogno Scotti,  All Rights Reserved.

Nikon D3 DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: f/11.0, 1/100 sec., ISO 200, exposure program: Aperture Priority, focus mode: manual, M-up mode, Manfrotto 3221 tripodManfrotto 3047 studio head,  Nikon MC-20 remote cable release, capture: 14-bit RAW-NEF, white balance: Auto, capture date and time: 8/09/2014, 8:41 am.


15 thoughts on “Emeralds From The Cornfield

  1. rickbraveheart. Thanks for liking “Emeralds From The Cornfield”.

    The reason Angelinos refer to the Los Angeles State Historic Park as The Cornfield dates back to the late 1800s when corn began being shipped by rail from the Midwest to the Southern Pacific River Station in Downtown Los Angeles. As the trains came into the station, a certain amount of corn kernels vibrated out of the seams of the fully packed rail cars falling to the ground. It didn’t take long before downtown had its very own cornfield. Here’s a link to then-and-now photos (1982 and 2011) I took of The Cornfield.


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