Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Part I

•March 16, 2010 • 2 Comments

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Bodie Plaque

•March 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This gives you the official info on Bodie, one of the greatest ghost towns to photograph since it feels like people just left. Can you imagine mining over $100 million in gold, and then, poof! Town is deserted.

I’m Back–to Bodie

•March 11, 2010 • 5 Comments

One of the store windows in the abandoned town of Bodie, California


Sorry, I’ve been out of commission the past week. Now that I’m back, I thought we’d take a little trip. This one to Bodie, California, a town in one of the worst weather zones in Northern California, near the Sierras. Between bitterly cold winters and snows, and horrendous winds, the people here were tough, indeed. In fact, on March 9, 1882, the town’s first newspaper was published.  

Here’s a clip from the website: “After a long day working the claims, the miners would head for the bars and the red light district to spend their earnings. The mixture of money, gold and alcohol would often prove fatal. It is said that there was a man killed every day in Bodie. Presumably, the undertaker never had a slow day.” 

It’s a fascinating town, now a state park. Abandoned in the 1930s, it feels like people still live there. They left so much behind.  I hope to get back up there this year.

Forking Up

•March 2, 2010 • 4 Comments

Forking Up

When in New York last fall, visited a “nearly a relative’s” place for a few minutes and saw this ingenious way to get a street view from his apartment.

A Little Reward

•February 26, 2010 • 4 Comments

Freesias at Play (c) Debbi K. Swanson

Caltech has an annual art show. Last year I was so excited to show my new scanography. Had my mentor Ed Martin and his wife Sandy there, my dear friends Michael and Irene from France, and my hubby. Didn’t win a thing. This year I didn’t make a big deal out of it. Just had Steve come for moral support, plus my coworkers, and hey, I won the judge’s grand prize. A very good day. Here’s a sample.

One Last Orchid

•February 25, 2010 • 1 Comment

One last orchid before moving on. Just makes you smile, doesn’t it? All those ruffles ready to impress.

Cymbidium Love

•February 23, 2010 • 2 Comments

Cymbidiums are multi-flower orchids. Glad to finally learn this distinction.

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