Parting shot

Don't Fence Me In

Issue 198Parting Shot

Eye-catching imperfection, taken in Grant County, New Mexico.

Subwoofer Artistry

Issue 197Parting Shot

Thilo Stompler made some of the best subwoofer drivers I’ve ever bought, at his factory in San Diego, California.The San Diego Music and Audio Guild toured his plant in April...

Which Way Is Up?

Issue 196Parting Shot

“The sky is both over and under the water?” Gary thought as he stared into the puddle. “What sense does that make?" Street scene in Long Island, New York, August 2023.

Camera Ready

Issue 195Parting Shot

Portrait of Copper's photographer extraordinaire James Schrimpf, made by Alex Lim, Architectural Conservator at Tumacacori National Historic Park. Alex did a series of portraits of Southern Arizona artists for a...

Bert Lahr in Carbonite?

Issue 194Parting Shot

He's ready for travel through interstellar space. Taken in Trafalgar Square, London.

Another Copper Audio Experience: Loudspeakers W...

Issue 193Parting Shot

Copper-veneered speakers from Copper reader Mike Van Hoe…it’s a natural combination! In Issue 188 we featured Mike’s copper-clad, custom-built loudspeakers. Well, he didn’t stop with one pair. Here’s the second set of...

Stairway to Knowledge

Issue 192Parting Shot

A Staircase in the Copper Queen Library in Bisbee, Arizona, named "The Best Small Library in America." The library has been in operation since 1882.

Trixie the Ticket Taker

Issue 191Parting Shot

As a bookend to James Schrimpf's Parting Shot in Issue 171, “Silent Movie Fan,” this is “Trixie,” the mannequin ticket taker for the historic Sebastiani Theatre in the town of...

Give Me That Old Time(r) Rock and Roll

Issue 189Parting Shot

There was a significant amount of drug use in the hotel room that three members of the band Grand Folk Railroad shared at the 2023 Montauk Music Festival.

A Copper Audio Experience

Issue 188Parting Shot

Copper-veneered speakers from Copper reader Mike Van Hoe…it’s a natural combination! These are made using CommonSense Audio Monitor MK II enclosures, with Classic 8+ Series alnico-magnet drivers. CommonSense Audio offers...

A View From the Sky

Issue 187Parting Shot

It was a beautiful 2022 fall day in New York, the kind that makes you feel you are in the center of the world, especially near the new buildings towering...

Parallel Lineup

Issue 186Parting Shot

Sometimes, things just line up. Taken at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in Mimbres, New Mexico.

A Window Into the Past

Issue 185Parting Shot

A window shopper at an antiques store in Bisbee, Arizona.

Slow Ride

Issue 184Parting Shot

Taken at Arenas Valley, New Mexico. The old car is in a state of disrepair and is parked in front of an abandoned gas station, but the beautiful industrial design...

Living on the Edge

Issue 183Parting Shot

For over 700 years, the ancestral Pueblo people built thriving communities on the mesas and in the cliffs of Mesa Verde, Colorado. Today, the park protects the rich cultural heritage...

On the Road Again

Issue 182Parting Shot

A scene in Bisbee, Arizona. The Art Deco-style building houses restaurants and shops, including a bookstore which stocks some vinyl. Street musicians often play in Bisbee.

The Road Not Easily Taken

Issue 181Parting Shot

Shafer Canyon Road, aka BLM-142, one of the Bureau of Land Management roads open for recreation in Utah. We had entered the unpaved Shafer Canyon Rd. into the canyon from...

Lord Knows I Try

Issue 180Parting Shot

Photographed in Manhattan on 15th Street between Second and Third Avenue.

Lucky Men

Issue 179Parting Shot

Here's another in a series of street scenes from Silver City, a small town in New Mexico with a population of 9,578 as of 2021.


Issue 178Parting Shot

Staircase, New York City, overlooking Madison Square Garden. John Flory is an industrial designer who works for an architectural fabrication firm specializing in high-end staircases. He is an artist, designer,...

Water Works

Issue 177Parting Shot

Street scene from Silver City, New Mexico. It borders the Gila Wilderness, the largest pristine wilderness area in the Continental United States.

City Scene

Issue 176Parting Shot

Dazzling on the outside as well as within: New York’s Radio City Music Hall, 2019.

Fast and Bulbous

Issue 175Parting Shot

Attention car buffs: these have to be the coolest lamps ever. Taken at SoCal Nationals Car Show Weekend 2022.


Issue 174Parting Shot

Street art, Silver City, New Mexico.

Unlikely Beauty

Issue 173Parting Shot

Solar flare? Cosmic egg? A new image from the James Webb Space Telescope? No. This is simply an oil stain on pavement. Sometimes beauty is found in unlikely places.

Theatrical Display

Issue 172Parting Shot

The quiet woman in the ticket booth at the historic Silco Theater in Silver City, New Mexico. We also featured her in Issue 171’s Parting Shot.

Silent Movie Fan

Issue 171Parting Shot

Ticket booth at the historic Silco Theater in Silver City, New Mexico. Silco is an anagram of silver and copper, the economic foundations of the community.

Where the Streets Have No Name

Issue 170Parting Shot

You want me to go where? Taken at Fort Bragg, California.

Kloss Encounter

Issue 169Parting Shot

A 1988 portrait of legendary audio designer Henry Kloss, who co-founded Acoustic Research with Edgar Villchur in 1954. He was also involved in KLH, founded Advent Corporation and Kloss Video...

Big Sky

Issue 168Parting Shot

The Manhattan skyline, July 4, 2022, taken from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s always an impressive sight, and the sky complementing it was particularly spectacular on this evening.

Play It Like You Mean It

Issue 167Parting Shot

Charlie Parker said, “If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.” Well, Bird nailed it in describing the tight thunder that emanates from the long horns these...

Far Above Cayuga's Waters

Issue 166Parting Shot

Photographed at Cornell Botanic Gardens, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. As the website states, “As a living museum, our cultivated gardens, arboretum, and natural areas serve as outdoor classrooms…and host research that seeks...

Your Move

Issue 165Parting Shot

Actually, the photo is of Alón Sagee and his metal friends, taken by a bystander on August 8, 2002 in Xian, China.

Into the Heavens

Issue 164Parting Shot

Melancholy Circus takes the boiled-down essence of influences from a life lived and examined,from music, literature, history, and cinema and creates plains of dissimilar existence anddeep caves of thought that...

Across the Great Divide

Issue 163Parting Shot

Monarch Pass, near the United States Continental Divide, Colorado.

Tiny Dancer

Issue 162Parting Shot

This dashboard hula dancer is a traveling good spirit.

Grazing in the Grass

Issue 161Parting Shot

This was an amazing moment. We had just arrived at this New Zealand farm/hotel/sheep ranch with only six guest rooms and their own restaurant. Terri and I unpacked and walked...

We C What You Did There

Issue 160Parting Shot

License to brag: taken at Pebble Beach Golf Links, California.

Head Land

Issue 159Parting Shot

This photo is called Head Land because of the dreamlike cloud formation and its heady feel. Taken at Gara Point, South Devon, UK, at the mouth of the Yealm estuary,...

Speak, Friend, and Enter

Issue 158Parting Shot

A church entrance in Stow-on-the-Wold, England, that our guide said was the inspiration for the entrance to the Mines of Moria from The Lord of the Rings. We were told that J.R.R....

Love Sculpture

Issue 157Parting Shot

Created by artist Laura Kimpton as part of her Monumental Word Series, the 36-foot-wide LOVE sculpture resides at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Nancy Burlan of Mac Edition Radio poses...


Issue 156Parting Shot

Photographed at Mission San José de Tumacácori, at the Tumacácori National Historical Park. James chose to make the focal point out of focus, which lends a somewhat haunting quality to...

Towering Talent

Issue 155Parting Shot

I don't usually claim this space, but made an exception in honor of one of rock's greatest: Meat Loaf (1947 – 2022). Taken at the Paramount, Huntington, New York, March...

Green Transportation

Issue 154Parting Shot

Owned by B. Jan Montana, this 1992 BMW R100R motorcycle sports a custom "John Deere Green" paint job. As he puts it, "In its stock black and grey livery, the...

Welcome to the Pleasure Dome

Issue 153Parting Shot

This streamlined dome lounge car was built for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. They were known as "Pleasure Domes," named for the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem "Kubla Khan."...

Playing at Louie Lee's

Issue 152Parting Shot

Dale Watson, performing at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis (Issue 107's Parting Shot). It was the penultimate show at the venue, now closed. Dale was so fond of Lee's that...

The Nightingale Has Landed

Issue 151Parting Shot

Taken at the Aztec Ruins National Monument in Aztec, New Mexico. The nightingale is part of a mural depicting the ancient site. The arm and hand are more recently posed!...

Stellar Strata

Issue 150Parting Shot

Taken at Monument Valley, which straddles the Arizona/Utah border. It’s a classic Western movie location. I found it interesting that the visitors seemed somewhat disinterested in the majestic vista.

Music In Hyperspace


Beck in concert at the Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, during the CNET CES 2016 party.

Halloween Spirits


For Halloween, some street art: these ghostly fellas are painted on an alley in Bisbee, Arizona. Bisbee, a former mining town, is a remote community where artists have discovered the...