Weird and Wacky Fence Post Decor – Great Basin National Park, Nevada

I’m back from Great Basin National Park in Nevada, the scenery was spectacular, the weather very pleasant and I had a completely enjoyable time. There weren’t many birds though at this time of the year and those that were around sure wouldn’t cooperate and allow close enough approaches to get quality images. And since it is legal to gamble in Nevada I played a few (winning) hands of poker!

On the drive up to Great Basin National Park & Lehman Caves there were fence post decorations that made me laugh every time we went by them. The light sucked when I took these images so they aren’t my best quality but it was nice for a change to have more than a few seconds to take my time to focus, as a bird photographer I usually do NOT have that luxury.

Tin Can Snake

Tin Can Snake

The main entrance to Great Basin National Park is in Snake Valley, Nevada and snakes seem to play into the theme of some of these fence decorations. I bet this one “rattles” in the wind!

2000 Pounds

2000 Pounds

I haven’t figured out the what this one means or why the guy has a rag in his hands but I sure do like the background.

Anywhere but Here

Anywhere but Here

What an inventive way to re-use and recycle an old microwave, bread dough machine, worn gloves & boots, a baking pan, old piping material and a folding chair. Notice how the thumb of the glove is pointing down? Maybe the person who created this doesn’t like living in Snake Valley and wants to be “Anywhere but Here!”.

Bob Wire

Bob Wire

Whoever decorated this section really has a sense of humor using barbed wire to create the outline of a man’s shape. I wonder how much blood they lost making “Bob Wire”.

Barb Wire

Barb Wire

Of course Bob would have been lonely without “Barb Wire”! These two are tremendously wired even without going to Nevada’s Casinos!

Ssssssssnake Valley

Ssssssssnake Valley

Here is the “Snake” theme again with the snake’s body creating the “V” in Valley. I’m not sure what that object is on the far right, any guesses?

Grate Basin

Grate Basin

This one cracked me up every time I went by it, an old urinal basin hung on a grate! Not that I have ever used a urinal which is grate!

Wheel ER Peek

Wheel ER Peek

I actually didn’t figure out what this one meant until this morning. The highest mountain in Great Basin National Park is Wheeler Peak at 13, 063 feet in elevation. So wheel + er + peeking man = Wheeler Peak! Duh, why did that take me so long to figure out when there is a great view of the mountain from that fence post?

Bristle Cone

Bristle Cone

This one I figured out right away, bristles in a cone. Great Basin National Park is known for having several Bristlecone Pine Tree forests within the park boundaries. I’m sure though that I would NOT want to lick the bristles in that cone!

Rollin Springs

Rollin Springs

“Rollin Spring” must feed into nearby Lehman Creek in this area but I couldn’t find it on the map I had.

Rollin Ranch

Rollin’ Ranch

There may well be a Rollin’ Ranch behind the fence in this location!

Alien Road Watcher

Alien Road Watcher

Ever feel like someone or something is watching you? In this case it would be an alien road watcher, he (or she) is all set up to last all day & night long, notice the radio? The hat and shades to protect him (or her) from the hot desert sun, the Tiki torch to light the night and the easy to use Beer dispenser? Oh yeah, and his (or her)  “wheel” chair too. Yes, they are there for the duration. And if they need to tinkle they can wheel on over to the Grate Basin urinal :-)

Wheelius metallica rustifaria - Metal spider

Wheelius metallica rustifaria – Metal spider

I really wasn’t sure about this Metal Spider decoration but while researching the flora and fauna of the park I saw that they are asking citizen scientists to help with spider studies in the park and that they hope to find some new species by doing the study.  This spider just wants to be found and have its 15 minutes of fame and is willing to take the “plunge” by being out in the open. I’d call it Ferruginous rusticuswheelus of the class Arachnida.

Smiley Face

Smiley Face

This one is easy, a smilin’ face. Perhaps it is smiling because of the great name I picked out for the Ferruginous rusticuswheelus Spider!

Spare Snake Valley's Water

Spare Snake Valley’s Water

This one must have been designed by a person who is concerned about water usage in a desert valley. Please don’t “pin” me down for my interpretation though!

Hello Gorgeous

Hello Gorgeous

This decoration spoke directly to me! No… it WAS not the voices in my head!

Where Cowboy Mannequins Go to Die

Where Cowboy Mannequins Go to Die

And last, but not least, is Baker’s version of “Boot Hill”, where Cowboy Mannequins go to tip up their toes and die. Or maybe it is Cowgirls, that exposed leg looks kind of shapely.

These were so humorous I just had to share even though they have little to do with nature. Hmm, they have a lot to do with HUMAN nature though!

Mia

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing birds. My approach is to photograph the birds without disturbing their natural behavior. I don't bait, use set ups or call them in. I use Nikon gear and has multiple camera bodies and lenses.

25 Comments

  1. Human nature for sure! Someone has a great sense of humor.

  2. Mia:
    You should see if the park service would contract you to do a brochure. The fence post decor is a definite attractivo for the park.
    Dave

  3. These are fabulous! And thank you for explaining some of them – I NEVER would’ve got the “Wheeler Peak” one :-)

  4. Mia: Great find and the images are neat.

  5. Love these shots Mia, so many inventive ways people decorated. My favorite are Bob & Barb wire -

  6. i like it, it’s folklore, it’s art, and a great story and narration.

  7. These are all hilarious, Mia. Thanks for sharing. They remind me of a sign on the gate to a ranch near Coleman, Texas. “OLIO ACRES, ONE CHEAP SPREAD”. :-)

  8. These are absolutely hilarious! I think the “grate” basin is my fav:)

  9. What a great post ( no pun intended) . I thought you must be close to Arizona as we have some great similar sights here. Very entertaining Mia!

  10. I really enjoyed this!

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  12. What wonderful fence post decorations. Thanks for sharing them! :-)

  13. This is hysterical! Thanks for departing from nature.

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