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Terri Steele | all galleries >> 2007 PAD >> May on the Road > Bodie
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A quick tour through the geothermal site near the green church, Mammoth Lakes Ski Area, and the June Lakes Scenic Loop brought me to my afternoon destination, Bodie, California.

Bodie is an old mining town that has been left exactly as it was....and it has not been restored. Tattered curtains hang from the windows... Pots and pans in the kitchen... clothing hanging on a hook on the wall. The gold mine had a reputation as being one of the richest gold strikes in the country, as well as spawning one of the most lawless towns around. The decline of the gold rush dropped the population from about 8500 to 1500... then a fire took its toll... I think the last fire was in the 60's? and burned all but 10% of the towns buildings. It was really quite fascinating, and I would love to spend a couple of days more thoroughly examining the place. I also intend to library up on the town. So many books I would have liked to snag from the little museum... which was quite amazing of itself.... but I don't really want to own books... other than guides and references. So, hopefully, I can find some of the reading material I am lusting for at the local library.

Exhausted after just a few hour roaming around in the heat and thin air, (and just a little self conscious about my really gnarly body odor, as I have been camping this whole time without a shower), I headed back down the hiway toward Mono Lake, destination South Tufa beach. I really wanted to try and capture this area in the sweet and gentle light of evening.

So, it was really quite amazing, but I'm a bit disappointed with my photographic efforts. I don't really feel like I came away with anything spectacular... and I didn't want to wait another 1.5 hour for the full on sunset to see if it made that much of a difference. It was really quite difficult to get into a position to create an interesting composition which included both the tufas and the lake.

I decided to buy some food at Lee Vining and head out on the hiway to get as close to Yosemite as I could before camping for the night. The food available at that tiny little store was quite amazing! Vegetarian wraps (the best I've had) and organic produce even! I thought I should gas up before leaving town... $3.99 a gallon for regular!!!!!!!! ACKKKKKKKKK!

So, I set off traveling down the hiway (up the hiway?), and I took the cutoff to Sonora Pass.... ROAD CLOSED. What the @#$@#??????!!!!! GRRRRRRRRR. It was supposed to be open this evening. Sigh.

I had passed a forest service campground sign just a mile or so before the cutoff... so I turned the car around. Now I am back at this deserted campground. Even the fee box has been removed (oh darn!). I keep hearing really weird noises, and I feel kind of scared. This place is really isolated. It sounds almost like voices or bits of
unintelligible conversation... maybe I've stumbled upon a bigfoot colony or worse
yet.... some good old fashioned deliverance style backcountry folk who are planning to make me their next meal....

Oh yeah... I'm gonna sleep good tonight.... NOT!!!!!

A Gallery of photographs from Bodie can be found here:

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Pixel Shooter08-Jul-2007 03:44
Fabulous landscape :) `V`
blizzard14-Jun-2007 13:18
perfect composition
its a powerful image
high viewer impact v
Yiannis Pavlis08-Jun-2007 13:18
Good perspective and an interesting composition. Great work. Well done.v.
Jean D07-Jun-2007 03:08
Superb image, Terri! The clouds are awesome! ~V~
Robyco05-Jun-2007 09:46
Well composed and great colors (V)
Janet Forjan-Freedman18-May-2007 14:44
I thoroughly enjoyed your short story and this capture! Janet
Guest 18-May-2007 13:18
Wonderfull shot, love hearing about your adventure
Vince18-May-2007 13:03
Stunning shot Terri. Vote.
Guest 18-May-2007 13:03
Excelent shot
Big vote
Guest 18-May-2007 09:13
Really wonderful Terri...action-packed!
akleja18-May-2007 09:10
Excellent shot! Vote!
Dan Ng18-May-2007 07:25
The clouds makes this scene evenly dramatic. Never been there but gotta go one of these days. V.
Ron Gile18-May-2007 05:27
Your blog is fun to read. Sounds like one great trip. I have always wanted to go to Bodie to just explore. I love historical ghost towns. Ever figure out what the noises were? Looking forward to the next days photos and better yet the story behind it. Cheers, Ron
Debbie Blackburn Beierle18-May-2007 05:07
This is very cool! Love the rustic buildings and those clouds are spectacular! v
flowsnow18-May-2007 04:36
I love those fluffy clouds at the back. Well captured.
Matthew Mannell18-May-2007 04:20
Fantastic work! Very nice capture, vote
Patricia Lay-Dorsey18-May-2007 04:12
This is stunning, Terri!
Guest 18-May-2007 03:35
WOW, fantastic it
shatterbug18-May-2007 03:06
Awesome capture! Doesn't everyone have clouds in their backyard? ;-)
Kathy Pedersen18-May-2007 03:04
Very dramatic scene, those clouds are just amazing.
lgprice18-May-2007 03:02
neat image!
clark langley18-May-2007 02:51
Unbelievable Terri!!!
Where are the comments. Great contrast of colors,textures, and lines.
My compliments
Katie Chew18-May-2007 01:54
Beautiful image! V
Char18-May-2007 01:47
Hi Terri,
Definitely a wonderful scene and an excellent story. I've heard of that town before I think I've read a couple of books that took place there and I have a short movie about a ghost story that happened there. What atmosphere!
Guest 18-May-2007 00:53
Incredible! V
Cindi Smith18-May-2007 00:46
This is spectacular! I hope Bigfoot doesn't get you! Just start flopping around on the ground and make weird one will come near you, trust me. This shot is amazing, Terri! I have to vote for this one for sure!
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