Monday, April 8, 2013

Work weekend

The Dechambeau Hotel and Independent Order of Odd Fellows building in Bodie, Calif..

I wrote a few days ago that I was in Hawthorne, Nev. recently photographing a key ceremony for Home For Our Troops. Although it was technically a work trip, my girlfriend and I sandwiched my shoot between some camping and hiking.

We set up a tent Friday night at Walker Lake, got a room outside of Bridgeport on Saturday and Sunday explored Bodie, an abandoned mining town in the hills north of Mono Lake.

Walker is a terminal desert lake meaning it has streams flowing into it but none flowing out. Because of the basin and range topography of the region, Walker is one of a handful of such high desert lakes including nearby Mono, Pyramid and the Great Salt Lake. Unfortunately, because of upstream agriculture, the lake level is drastically receding—nearly 140 feet since irrigation began in 1860.

Little science for you.

Anyway, I shot a few personal photos on the trip and wanted to share them here. Mostly because I promised my mom I would.

The lake was discovered in 1834 by Joseph Rutherford Walker.

There are nearly 100 species of birds that seasonally populate 
the lake's shores. And it was/is allegedly home to a sea serpent and 
submarine base. Now you know.

Mt. Grant and the Wassuk range to the west.

East shore.

Sportmam's Beach campground at sunset.

The Standard Mill in Bodie.

This was my second trip to Bodie.

photographed it a few years ago for American Profile magazine.

Head frame.

Desert frame.


Baseball field.