On the way to Las Vegas, we abandoned the typical congested Californian freeway and took a detour down good ol' Route 66. Of course this was hardly accidental; our destination all along was set for Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch. 

Located out in the desert, quite literally in the middle of nowhere, this space springs forth like a metaphoric oasis of sorts. The usual promise of water and refuge replaced by fantastical colour and charming vintage whimsy. Within these grounds you will find various artistic installations, the most prominent being a forest of metallic handmade trees adorned exclusively with discarded glass bottles.

And if you're lucky enough you may just meet the man behind the work himself, Mr Elmer Long.

Unfortunately as fate would have it our paths did not cross and I did not get to meet the man behind such a lavish creation; something I was desperately hoping for. Nonetheless this did not deter my mood as we enjoyed traipsing through the grounds, admiring countless multicoloured trees. Of course neighbouring in those very grounds are various oddities and curiosities that await to be uncovered. From retired, rusting Jeep's to defective and mutilated typewriters. There are numerous weather vanes, some original and others melded and created by Elmer himself.

Personally I adored the display and creations using skulls and antlers, which seemed to speak to my inner boheme and macabre side. I wondered where he found such pieces, or if they'd been collected from neighbouring lands. Perhaps even donated by cattleman. And much like those skull displays there's also a discarded, non-functional weapons staked on metal stalks alongside those famed trees. These installations aren't plentiful, there is probably a good handful strewn throughout, but much like every artistic concoction found here, it is a marvel to discover.

There's such an eclectic mix and maze to everything here and a former expectation of haphazard and yet it is antithetically peaceful and poised. Even at the back shed, a jumble of scrap metal, parts and abandoned items should all feel frenzied and harsh not catalogued and coordinated. If this is the actual case, I can not say but there is no denying how much passion and adoration abounds.

While this is a sight for the eyes, it doesn't stop there. There's a real sense of calm and introspection that comes from the serene chimes that vibrate from above with the wind. This was most unexpected for me as I had anticipated a vibrant overload to my senses and not one of an ataractic nature. These wind chimes are scattered throughout the grounds, so no matter where your feet may lead you, that sweet jingle will continue its chorus apace with you.

Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch is a true gem ensconced by typical nothingness. And it surprises me how little are familiar with this extraordinary place; especially amongst Americans. I was always so taken aback by their obliviousness to this, especially being in their very on backyards. Here I was, an Aussie from the southern parts well versed in a site with high regard and one I continuously compared to with other notable locales, like Hollywood or the Grand Canyon. Then again, the Unites States is such a vast country and to be knowledgable in all it's nooks and crannies isn't something one would expect regardless. I know I certainly am overly uneducated when it comes to my own country.

This is such a wondrous place and I highly recommend stopping by. This is a site housing one mans creative passions and recyclable flair, a site that gives true meaning to the phrase "one mans trash is another ones treasure". It's a sight for the senses but best of all it's undeniably tranquil and transformative.

-Sxx
On the way to Las Vegas, we abandoned the typical congested Californian freeway and took a detour down good ol' Route 66. Of course this was hardly accidental; our destination all along was set for Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch. 

Located out in the desert, quite literally in the middle of nowhere, this space springs forth like a metaphoric oasis of sorts. The usual promise of water and refuge replaced by fantastical colour and charming vintage whimsy. Within these grounds you will find various artistic installations, the most prominent being a forest of metallic handmade trees adorned exclusively with discarded glass bottles.

And if you're lucky enough you may just meet the man behind the work himself, Mr Elmer Long.

Unfortunately as fate would have it our paths did not cross and I did not get to meet the man behind such a lavish creation; something I was desperately hoping for. Nonetheless this did not deter my mood as we enjoyed traipsing through the grounds, admiring countless multicoloured trees. Of course neighbouring in those very grounds are various oddities and curiosities that await to be uncovered. From retired, rusting Jeep's to defective and mutilated typewriters. There are numerous weather vanes, some original and others melded and created by Elmer himself.

Personally I adored the display and creations using skulls and antlers, which seemed to speak to my inner boheme and macabre side. I wondered where he found such pieces, or if they'd been collected from neighbouring lands. Perhaps even donated by cattleman. And much like those skull displays there's also a discarded, non-functional weapons staked on metal stalks alongside those famed trees. These installations aren't plentiful, there is probably a good handful strewn throughout, but much like every artistic concoction found here, it is a marvel to discover.

There's such an eclectic mix and maze to everything here and a former expectation of haphazard and yet it is antithetically peaceful and poised. Even at the back shed, a jumble of scrap metal, parts and abandoned items should all feel frenzied and harsh not catalogued and coordinated. If this is the actual case, I can not say but there is no denying how much passion and adoration abounds.

While this is a sight for the eyes, it doesn't stop there. There's a real sense of calm and introspection that comes from the serene chimes that vibrate from above with the wind. This was most unexpected for me as I had anticipated a vibrant overload to my senses and not one of an ataractic nature. These wind chimes are scattered throughout the grounds, so no matter where your feet may lead you, that sweet jingle will continue its chorus apace with you.

Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch is a true gem ensconced by typical nothingness. And it surprises me how little are familiar with this extraordinary place; especially amongst Americans. I was always so taken aback by their obliviousness to this, especially being in their very on backyards. Here I was, an Aussie from the southern parts well versed in a site with high regard and one I continuously compared to with other notable locales, like Hollywood or the Grand Canyon. Then again, the Unites States is such a vast country and to be knowledgable in all it's nooks and crannies isn't something one would expect regardless. I know I certainly am overly uneducated when it comes to my own country.

This is such a wondrous place and I highly recommend stopping by. This is a site housing one mans creative passions and recyclable flair, a site that gives true meaning to the phrase "one mans trash is another ones treasure". It's a sight for the senses but best of all it's undeniably tranquil and transformative.

-Sxx

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  2. wow, such a nice place to relax!

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  3. I actually saw this place featured on a TV travel show recently! It must've been super cool to see it in person. This is the type of place you'd probably discover something amazing at every turn.

    Wow you're practically finished with DOTS! Korean dramas typically don't do second seasons though with the amount of success this has had the network has talked about it. If anything, it might be a second series with the same writers and cast but the story will likely be different. I'll let you know if I hear anything.

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  4. This bottle rance in California is so strange this is inusually park for me but...G R E A T
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  5. This bottle rance in California is so strange this is inusually park for me but...G R E A T
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  6. Woe, what a unique place! I've never heard of it before but it does look like an awesome place to visit - glad you were able to make time to check it out :)


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  7. I wish I had seen it!!! I only stopped at Bagdad Café!! Beautiful pictures Sonia!
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  8. Oh goodness, what an incredible place! It looks like something straight off a fantasy film. Thank you for sharing, Sonia!

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  9. I am now off to Salvation Mountain and then back to LA. I won't have the time to visit Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch but that gives me an excellent excuse to come back again in the future :)

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  10. This is so cute, I need to visit it if I'm ever around!

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  11. Such a cool place to stop! I've never heard about it, but I definitely want to make a stop on our way to Cali soon! Thanks for sharing your pics!

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  12. This is the coolest thing ever! I never knew this even existed - love that you were so adventurous and took a detour!


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  13. This is an amazing place, so curious!!!
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  14. Wow I can't believe I've been to Vegas so many times and never heard of this place! It's quite impressive :)

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  15. Who even knew that a place like this existed! Haha
    I actually really love the Bottle Trees and I feel like it could also be a statement against pollution too!

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  16. This is so impressive and I love the photography.
    Great pics dear.
    Thank you for sharing<3

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  17. Lovely post hun! I like this so much.

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  18. I have never been to place like this before. Cool!

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  19. Its definitely an interesting place. It looks like a movie setup.
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  20. What a cool display so unique.

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  21. Wow, this ranch is really amazing. I think I have seen this place in a TV show about original homes.

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    1. I'm glad to hear you're familiar with it too Jasmine xx

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  22. Now that looks different! What a creative man, he did a great job at creating something unique like that!

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  23. What a unique place! It was a really cool idea and I hope to get a chance to visit one day... :)
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  24. Such a cool places!! Xx

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  25. What an incredible place! Looks surreal!

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  26. This is so cool and original! A great place to visit and have fun!
    Great photos!
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  27. Wow it looks so amazing ! And the pics are really stunning.

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  28. Oh wow! This is so cool! I love all the bottle trees!
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  29. So pretty!

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  30. This is the firs time I'm reading about this place so I agree that many are not familiar with this place at all. Thank you for sharing this place, Sonia! Very quirky and definitely deserve a visit when hubby and I visit Las Vegas.

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    1. Oooh hope you get to pass by Shireen xx

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  31. How COOL is this place?! Love it- the shots turned out killer. ;)

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  32. What a lovely place!!! Never heard about, it's incredible!

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  33. This is such a good way to recycle bottles ,wow amazing , love it and great pictures here.

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  34. What?! This is so cool! I'd love to go here and take some photos. Love the recycling too. :)

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  35. Wow what a wonderful place! I would love to go there and would never have known about it if I hadn't visit your blog! Gemma x
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  36. Fantastic pictures, Sonia!!! I've actually read about Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch because as you know, I'm a huge fan of all things Route66.

    Unfortunately, when I went cross country about 10 years ago, Elmer's was not as well known and when we drove by it wasn't "growing" as prolifically. It sure has changed. I better make it my business to drop on by the next time I do Route66. (I'll tell Elmer you're sorry you missed him but will be back:)

    You've captured all of the essence of its inventiveness in words and pictures, Sonia. I love seeing Elmer's through your eyes, thank you:)

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    1. Wow Louise, I love that you passed through and saw this during its beginning stages. You must stop by the next time you find yourselves back on Route 66 xx

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  37. Wow, this place looks so cool! I'd love to visit it someday. Sad that you didn't meet the owner but there is always a next time, haha! Love your photos by the way. x

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  38. Hello Sonia,

    After our short exchange on Instagram, my dataplan got used up and I had to go down to the mall to top up. I'm not in Singapore now btw.

    I'm so glad you got to behold such a beautiful place with your very own eyes instead of marvelling at it from the screen. I know I would love this place too just from your text description. I was viewing the 3rd picture and then all the images could not load anymore. I guess it's because of the limited 3G data I have now. Fortunately, you are a great writer and I could visualise everything from your words. I can't wait to see the morbid set ups. I'm a morbid person myself. Sad that you didn't get to see the owner but cool that you got many great pictures!

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    1. Oh no Jo, I do hope my blog didn't eat it all up. This post was rather image heavy. Thank you for stopping by! xx

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  39. Really awesome place, which I would like to visit!

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  40. Aww this is very interesting, I've never seen and heard before about something like this! Thanks for sharing that place, very interesting!
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  41. Love those colours, Sonia! The place makes a great place for photo shoots. TGIF, my dear! xoxo

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  42. So lovely! Hope your weekend is filled with love and happiness!


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  43. That's another side of Vegas I wasn't aware of.
    Niiiice!

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  44. A forest of trees adorned with discarded glass bottles is one AMAZING concept, the outcome is phenomenal! You've captured the atmosphere of this place really well - it looks like an abandoned film set!

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  45. Thanks for sharing this post :)
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  46. Amazing pictures!
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  47. Awesome pictures! It sounds like the perfect little side trip, those bottle trees are beyond cool.

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  48. Whoah, this is so cool! I love the mood of your photos, didn't know something existed like this in vegas!

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  49. What a cool place to visit! Thanks for your wonderful comment on Qing's Style Please always keep in touch, I would love to hear from you!

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  50. Looks so amazing!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  51. Thanks for sharing this to us! I absolutely love it.

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  52. Whaa this is so special!! What a cool place!

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  53. OMG so strange but amazing place!! *-*
    Beautiful pics dear!
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  54. Wow! This place is amazing, I've never heard of it before but it looks like someplace unique to witness! Your photos of this place is splendid, and it's great that you took the road less traveled to Cali, not many do that.

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  55. Waw, one doesn't expect to see this in the middle of a desert! I actually really like the bottle trees, the whole place is truly unique!

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  56. Lovely post and photos! X

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