“Migratory birds” in the Arizona desert

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Apr - 18 - 2011

Kvartssayt town in Arizona – a phenomenon on a highway in the desert Sonoran.The city’s population increased from 3 thousand to 500 thousand. Photographer Mark Bosteri spent a couple of days with “migratory birds” who come here for the winter.

Sunset over the parking lot for trailers on the highway I-10 in Kvartssayte. Each year, due to migration the number of inhabitants of the settlement increased from 3 to 500 thousand people. Warm, sunny climate attracts people flocking here to rock concerts, festivals and holidays. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Gas stations on the old gas station on the street Main Street welcome the first visitors. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

The owner of a bookstore “Oasis” Paul Weiner – one of the most unusual characters, because he loves walking around naked. Weiner, perfectly playing the piano, goes by the nickname “Sweet Pie” and is a real local landmark. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Paul Weiner playing the piano. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

The increasing popularity of rock concerts marked the beginning of migration of people in this town, and now the winter of each year its population grows to half a million people. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Migratory bird experienced Pinky Williams at his tray with magnifying glasses, knives and souvenirs made of reindeer antlers. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Migratory birds Blake and Joan Sprague from Vancouver on the background of his van during the annual migration Kvartssayt and other parts of the American West. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Migratory birds flock to such settlements as Kvartssayt from around the world, shopping and exploring the desert by day and gathering by the campfire at night. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

In the yacht club of the town you can dance to the music of your favorite band bar «Hot Country». (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Night over the parking lot for trailers and vans in Kvartssayte, where torches and bonfires – the only lighting. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Carolyn and John Bergler from Cloverdale, Calif., each winter spend several weeks in the car park of La Rosa in Kvartssayte. The pair retired travels west on their campers, all terrain vehicles, with two dogs, a couple of birds and two lighted palm trees. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

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