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When I was in Roswell, I skipped going to the famous (or famous-ish) International UFO Museum and Research Center and Gift Shop*, **. Instead I visited the dead-airplane repository out at the airport. Part of the place had airplanes that were more or less intact (including an Emirates Air 747, which was definitely not something I thought I’d ever see at all, let alone see in Roswell), but there was also the Fuselage Department (I made that name up)(which you probably already figured out) pictured here. And there was the Pieces of Engines Division. And, of course, the Bureau of Random Pieces. And some other stuff I didn’t make up names for.

It’s hard to imagine the space alien museum being more interesting or photogenic than this old stuff.

Roswell, New Mexico
photographed 5.22.2021

*I love that they were honest and included “gift shop” in the name.
**There’s a big event there at the museum (and gift shop) July 1-4, so you’ve still got time to make your travel plans.

Tire + Appliance

This isn’t the first time that I’ve noticed a store window display full of giant dresses. It’s also not the first time the reflection from across the street has added to the scene. And it’s also not the first time I’ve photographed it.

Roswell, New Mexico
photographed 5.22.2021

It was just a matter of time

With various dollar stores all over the place, it was just a matter of time until two of them ended up as shopping center neighbors.

I sort of imagine the two store managers standing in the parking lot hurling insults at each other and was a little sad that was not happening when I was there…

Roswell, New Mexico
photographed 5.22.2021

Signs of the Times

Two years ago, signs like this wouldn’t have made the least bit of sense. One year ago, they would have been outside in the restaurant parking lot so people knew where to part for their to-go order to be brought out to them.

It’s nice to see them relegated to the restroom hallway this year. And think how nice it’ll be when they are gone completely.

Roswell, New Mexico
photographed 4.23.2021



Those garage doors really do lean over to the left. It’s not your eyes. Or your monitor. Or my camera-holding skills.

Roswell, New Mexico
photographed 5.10.2014

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