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The mineral wealth of Baja California has proven to be an elusive dream for many. Near Santa Rosalia, attempts to mine copper have come and gone for about a century.

A French company founded the mine in 1884, but closed in 1954. The industrial facilities -- located in the very middle of the town -- were never dismantled. Since 1954, this facility fell into disrepair, but has recently been in the process of rebuilding as the result of a Korean investment.

We were northbound on Christmas Day 2011 and drove past. I did at least get out of the car to shoot this, but we were losing the light (you can see the sun is heading down) and we needed to make Guerrero Negro (~130 miles) by nightfall. (One does not drive in Baja after dark -- not because of bandidos, but because cattle will sometimes sleep on the highway!) So I did not get to explore the details and look for better POVs.

Still, I am not unhappy with this image. It is another that "I am not finished with," as the amount of detail to be brought out in PP has surprised me. All the linear elements can be highlighted or darkened, and I am still searching for just the right crop.

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Additional Photos by Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 223 W: 76 N: 433] (1890)
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