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New Energy in Design and Art expo, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

 

Info: bit.ly/tm7Jlb

Day 2 of our Eastern Sierra road trip: Roy and I got up at a decent hour and took time for breakfast. Following a recommendation that we read on kenrockwell.com and heard from others, we decided to spend the morning traveling the June Lake Loop. Our first stop was at Silver Lake. Even though it was mid-morning the sun had not yet risen above the ridgeline. It was like getting a bonus sunrise. At least 20 photographers brought there by one or more photo tour companies were competing for prime space.

 

This photo was taken aiming across Silver Lake into the shadows. I wish I knew which celebrity owned which cabin back in the day.

 

This photo is part of a series of images captured during a road trip to the Eastern Sierra of California in October of 2011. Most images were captured along US-395, in Mono Lake, Bodie, June Lake Loop and some in Yosemite Valley, California.

 

In the 1920’s automobile travel began to thrive and June Lake became a popular destination and way point for those traveling between Yosemite and Southern California. Notably, many Los Angeles area dignitaries and Hollywood celebrities made their way here. Film star Wallace Beery built a cabin on a small island in Silver Lake. Beery was also an aviator and known to land his plane on the meadow area adjacent to the lake. Names such as Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Betty Grable, Sally Rand and others graced the guest register at the June Lake Lodge. Subsequently, film director Frank Capra and cartoonist Walter Lantz also had cabins at Silver Lake, and their families continue to visit.

 

After spending the early morning at Mono Lake Roy of nxtrFOTO and I went to Lee Vining for a hearty breakfast. Then, we were off to Bodie. Bodie is 13 miles east of Bridgeport. The first 10 miles is asphalt. The last three miles is rutted dirt.

 

This photo is of the lanterns hanging in the volunteer fire department's firehouse. I was attracted to the repetition and the framing on the wall.

 

This photo is part of a series of images captured during a road trip to the Eastern Sierra of California in October of 2011. Most images were captured along US-395, in Mono Lake, Bodie, June Lake Loop and some in Yosemite Valley, California.

 

Bodie is maintained by The California State Parks' System. Today, Bodie is preserved in a state of arrested decay. Only a small part of the town survives. Visitors can walk the deserted streets of a town that once was a bustling area of activity. Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Bodie is open all year, but the long, asphalt, gravel, and dirt road that leads to the town is usually closed in the winter due to heavy snowfall, so the majority of visitors to the park come during the summer months.

 

Bodie is known for being a "Ghost Town" in the sense that it is haunted by ghosts that have cursed the town. People have been known to take objects such as broken colored glass from Bodie and end up returning the objects to state park officials, usually accompanied with an apology letter to the ghosts and park officials. Also, in Bodie, the house that belonged to a man by the name of Jim Cain is haunted by his Chinese servant, who was rumored to be his mistress and ended up committing suicide. People have seen a woman's face in the second story window, heard music and noises from the bedroom, and even the smell of Italian food being cooked in the Cain house.

 

Macneil, Joe, Roy and I left Bodie in the late afternoon. We had determined we were going to focus on autumn colors. Macneil had scouted a place called Aspen Grove Campground. On the way there, we pulled over at several pullouts along Conway Summit.

 

This photo was taken very late afternoon looking toward what I believe they call Matterhorn Peak.

 

This photo is part of a series of images captured during a road trip to the Eastern Sierra of California in October of 2011. Most images were captured along US-395, in Mono Lake, Bodie, June Lake Loop and some in Yosemite Valley, California.

 

Conway Summit (el. 8,143 feet ) is a mountain pass in Mono County, California. It is traversed by U.S. Highway 395, which connects Bridgeport and the East Walker River on the north side of the pass to Mono Lake and Lee Vining to the south. It marks the highest point on U.S. 395.

 

Conway Summit is named after John Andrew Conway, a settler in the area in 1880. Geographically, it was formed from an upland plateau by the sinking of the land in the Mono basin area. The Sawtooth Ridge of the eastern Sierra Nevada, topped by 12,279-foot Matterhorn Peak, rise to the west of the pass; Green Creek and Virginia Lakes, in the Sierra Nevada to the west of the pass, are two local destinations for fishing, camping and aspen trees. The Bodie Hills and the infamous Bodie ghost town lie to the east.

 

Day 2 of our Eastern Sierra road trip: Roy and I got up at a decent hour and took time for breakfast. Following a recommendation that we read on kenrockwell.com and heard from others, we decided to spend the morning traveling the June Lake Loop. Our first stop was at Silver Lake. Even though it was mid-morning the sun had not yet risen above the ridgeline. It was like getting a bonus sunrise. At least 20 photographers brought there by one or more photo tour companies were competing for prime space.

 

This photo was taken of the western bank. The sun came over the eastern ridge and began lighting the mountain face. As it rose higher more of the trees became brightly lit. Next time I'll get a heavier foreground element. My little duckies don't have enough oomph to balance the composition. The lake surface is still in shadow as it reflects the trees.

 

This photo is part of a series of images captured during a road trip to the Eastern Sierra of California in October of 2011. Most images were captured along US-395, in Mono Lake, Bodie, June Lake Loop and some in Yosemite Valley, California.

 

In the 1920’s automobile travel began to thrive and June Lake became a popular destination and way point for those traveling between Yosemite and Southern California. Notably, many Los Angeles area dignitaries and Hollywood celebrities made their way here. Film star Wallace Beery built a cabin on a small island in Silver Lake. Beery was also an aviator and known to land his plane on the meadow area adjacent to the lake. Names such as Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Betty Grable, Sally Rand and others graced the guest register at the June Lake Lodge. Subsequently, film director Frank Capra and cartoonist Walter Lantz also had cabins at Silver Lake, and their families continue to visit.

 

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

 

Art by Katharina Mischer & Thomas Traxler. Info: www.mischertraxler.com

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

 

Art by Pieke Bergmans. Info: bit.ly/t4X5Kv

This photo was taken just before the sun peaked out from the ridge. There are those brief seconds when the horizon is greenish-yellow. This is from my 2.7 megapixel D1 (circa 1999). But a D1's pixels are 4X larger than today's cameras.

 

This photo is part of a series of images captured during a road trip to the eastern Sierra of California in October of 2011. Most images were captured along US-395, in Mono Lake, Bodie, June Lake Loop and some in Yosemite Valley, California.

 

Mono Lake formed because it lies in the Mono Basin that has no outlet to the ocean. Dissolved salts in the runoff thus remain in the lake and raise the water's pH levels and salt concentration. Mono Lake is the second largest nesting population of California gulls, second only to the Great Salt Lake in Utah. On December 2, 2010, NASA announced the discovery of an organism in Mono Lake, named GFAJ-1, that utilizes arsenic in its cellular structure. This would constitute the first discovery of a life form capable of replacing one of the six essential elements (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur and phosphorus) in its biomolecules.

 

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I was hand holding. I had my D1 with an 55-300mm zoom and my 35mm prime on my D5000. This photo was taken just before sun had reached the lake. Light is coming from my back over my right shoulder. This is from my 2.7 megapixel D1 (circa 1999). But a D1's pixels are 4X larger than today's cameras.

 

This photo is part of a series of images captured during a road trip to the eastern Sierra of California in October of 2011. Most images were captured along US-395, in Mono Lake, Bodie, June Lake Loop and some in Yosemite Valley, California.

 

Mono Lake formed because it lies in the Mono Basin that has no outlet to the ocean. Dissolved salts in the runoff thus remain in the lake and raise the water's pH levels and salt concentration. Mono Lake is the second largest nesting population of California gulls, second only to the Great Salt Lake in Utah. On December 2, 2010, NASA announced the discovery of an organism in Mono Lake, named GFAJ-1, that utilizes arsenic in its cellular structure. This would constitute the first discovery of a life form capable of replacing one of the six essential elements (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur and phosphorus) in its biomolecules.

 

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Queen's of the Drone Age

 

Liar's Club

Chicago, Illinois

October 27, 2018

In bed by 11:00 pm and up by 4:00 am. My friend Roy and I quickly packed our gear and left our Minden, Nevada hotel room by 4:30 and headed south on US-395 for Mono Lake. We pulled into South Tufa well before sunrise. The Nikonians were there and we later learned that Ken Rockwell and David Wyman had a tour there. Best spots were taken.

 

I was hand holding. I had my D1 with a 55-300mm zoom and my 35mm prime on my D5000. This photo was taken before sunrise while it was still very dark. This is from my 2.7 megapixel D1 (circa 1999). But a D1's pixels are 4X larger than today's cameras.

 

This photo is part of a series of images captured during a road trip to the eastern Sierra of California in October of 2011. Most images were captured along US-395, in Mono Lake, Bodie, June Lake Loop and some in Yosemite Valley, California.

 

Mono Lake formed because it lies in the Mono Basin that has no outlet to the ocean. Dissolved salts in the runoff thus remain in the lake and raise the water's pH levels and salt concentration. Mono Lake is the second largest nesting population of California gulls, second only to the Great Salt Lake in Utah. On December 2, 2010, NASA announced the discovery of an organism in Mono Lake, named GFAJ-1, that utilizes arsenic in its cellular structure. This would constitute the first discovery of a life form capable of replacing one of the six essential elements (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur and phosphorus) in its biomolecules.

 

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New Energy in Design and Art expo, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

 

Info: bit.ly/tm7Jlb

More of Bodie, Ca.

 

This photo is one of my favorites from Bodie. I found it difficult to isolate subjects in Bodie. This rusted car in front of this home works.

 

This photo is part of a series of images captured during a road trip to the Eastern Sierra of California in October of 2011. Most images were captured along US-395, in Mono Lake, Bodie, June Lake Loop and some in Yosemite Valley, California.

 

Bodie is maintained by The California State Parks' System. Today, Bodie is preserved in a state of arrested decay. Only a small part of the town survives. Visitors can walk the deserted streets of a town that once was a bustling area of activity. Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Bodie is open all year, but the long, asphalt, gravel, and dirt road that leads to the town is usually closed in the winter due to heavy snowfall, so the majority of visitors to the park come during the summer months.

 

Bodie is known for being a "Ghost Town" in the sense that it is haunted by ghosts that have cursed the town. People have been known to take objects such as broken colored glass from Bodie and end up returning the objects to state park officials, usually accompanied with an apology letter to the ghosts and park officials. Also, in Bodie, the house that belonged to a man by the name of Jim Cain is haunted by his Chinese servant, who was rumored to be his mistress and ended up committing suicide. People have seen a woman's face in the second story window, heard music and noises from the bedroom, and even the smell of Italian food being cooked in the Cain house.

 

After spending the early morning at Mono Lake Roy of nxtrFOTO and I went to Lee Vining for a hearty breakfast. Then, we were off to Bodie. Bodie is 13 miles east of Bridgeport. The first 10 miles is asphalt. The last three miles is rutted dirt.

 

This photo isn't exactly one of my favorites, but in the filmaking business it would be called an establishing shot. It gives you a feel for the 120 old, wooden buildings in the middle of the desert called Bodie Ghost Town.

 

This photo is part of a series of images captured during a road trip to the Eastern Sierra of California in October of 2011. Most images were captured along US-395, in Mono Lake, Bodie, June Lake Loop and some in Yosemite Valley, California.

 

Bodie is maintained by The California State Parks' System. Today, Bodie is preserved in a state of arrested decay. Only a small part of the town survives. Visitors can walk the deserted streets of a town that once was a bustling area of activity. Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Bodie is open all year, but the long, asphalt, gravel, and dirt road that leads to the town is usually closed in the winter due to heavy snowfall, so the majority of visitors to the park come during the summer months.

 

Bodie is known for being a "Ghost Town" in the sense that it is haunted by ghosts that have cursed the town. People have been known to take objects such as broken colored glass from Bodie and end up returning the objects to state park officials, usually accompanied with an apology letter to the ghosts and park officials. Also, in Bodie, the house that belonged to a man by the name of Jim Cain is haunted by his Chinese servant, who was rumored to be his mistress and ended up committing suicide. People have seen a woman's face in the second story window, heard music and noises from the bedroom, and even the smell of Italian food being cooked in the Cain house.

 

As apart of today's ceremony, dignitaries christened the first of seven SMART DMU's. One of the dignitaries given the honor of cracking a bottle of champagne on 101's coupler was Congressman Mike Thompson (D - St Helena).

 

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Ramón Makes a Trade by Barbara Ritchie, illustrated by Earl Thollander. Published by Parnassus Press. 1959.

 

Excellent picture book that is told in both English and Spanish. Nice bold ink lines and characters by Earl Thollander, who worked as an artist-reporter for many years. He illustrated many children's books, even writing a few of his own. Earl died in 2001 at the age of 79.

 

Some links about Earl Thollander:

Earl's biography.

Earl Thollander on Amazon

Earl Thollander Family Archives (with a photo of the artist).

@sverre_malling : I don't think I’ve seen anything like this uncanny painting of Franz Sedlacek (1891 - 1945). It is one of my treasured favourites. So supernatural and inexplainable! I believe art is a way of understanding the world. Each one of us is a medium. We all harbour images within us that deserves to come out. Sedlacek shows us the contours of such a closed, mythical world of mysteries, where decisive clarification will never be as satisfying as the mysteries themselves. And that's the stuff that gives us soul! #franzsedlacek

 

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Liar's Club

Chicago, Illinois

September 12, 2014

Pegboy

 

Liar's Club

Chicago, Illinois

September 13, 2013

Ed McGarrell, Tom Brennan, Coach Sokolove, Bill Nash, Bob Parsons, Mike Oltersdorf, Gene Pawlik, John Donovan, Shawn Rowley, Bill Wilson, Marlon Lynch, Traci Ruiz and Mike Thompson, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Michigan State University

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with Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers

 

Liar's Club

Chicago, Illinois

September 13, 2013

Law Center's 20th Anniversary Dinner: U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson

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Liar's Club

Chicago, Illinois

September 12, 2014

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

 

Pegboy

 

Liar's Club

Chicago, Illinois

September 12, 2014

After spending the early morning at Mono Lake Roy of nxtrFOTO and I went to Lee Vining for a hearty breakfast. Then, we were off to Bodie. Bodie is 13 miles east of Bridgeport. The first 10 miles is asphalt. The last three miles is rutted dirt.

 

This photo of a rusted car is the spot where we hooked up with Macneil and Joe. A few months back we were taking pictures of Ferraris at Monterey. What a difference!

 

This photo is part of a series of images captured during a road trip to the Eastern Sierra of California in October of 2011. Most images were captured along US-395, in Mono Lake, Bodie, June Lake Loop and some in Yosemite Valley, California.

 

Bodie is maintained by The California State Parks' System. Today, Bodie is preserved in a state of arrested decay. Only a small part of the town survives. Visitors can walk the deserted streets of a town that once was a bustling area of activity. Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Bodie is open all year, but the long, asphalt, gravel, and dirt road that leads to the town is usually closed in the winter due to heavy snowfall, so the majority of visitors to the park come during the summer months.

 

Bodie is known for being a "Ghost Town" in the sense that it is haunted by ghosts that have cursed the town. People have been known to take objects such as broken colored glass from Bodie and end up returning the objects to state park officials, usually accompanied with an apology letter to the ghosts and park officials. Also, in Bodie, the house that belonged to a man by the name of Jim Cain is haunted by his Chinese servant, who was rumored to be his mistress and ended up committing suicide. People have seen a woman's face in the second story window, heard music and noises from the bedroom, and even the smell of Italian food being cooked in the Cain house.

 

Pegboy

 

Liar's Club

Chicago, Illinois

September 12, 2014

Pegboy

 

Liar's Club

Chicago, Illinois

September 12, 2014

Pegboy

 

Liar's Club

Chicago, Illinois

September 12, 2014

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