Have you ever really studied the weathered face of someone? I remember how weathered Charles Bronson’s face was as he got older. Sometimes you see a photo of someone with an incredibly weathered face. Many times, the faces of those from other countries bear the weathering of the heat and cold to which they are exposed day in and day out throughout their lives. Their faces tell incredible stories of struggle, pain, and human perseverance.
North of Yosemite on highway 395 is a wonderful ghost town called Bodie. If you’ve not been, you should plan the trip – but know that you can’t stay there because there are no accommodations in Bodie itself. You can stay in Lee Vining and drive up to the ghost town, or if you are more hardy, you can camp north of Lee Vining at Virginia Lakes or some other campsite.
The climate in Bodie is very harsh. In the summers, the heat is unbearable and there are no trees for shade, only scrub brush. In the winter time, temperatures plunge to zero and below as the winds whip through the canyons and across the barren ground. Snow drifts rose to great heights…high enough that people died in the drifts. The weather was so bad that it might make one wonder why people moved there – but as was often the case in those days, it was because of the mining in the area, as Bodie was famous for its copper and silver.
There are still many buildings standing in Bodie and they are in a wide range of decay. Some are fairly well maintained, though the park service tries to keep them in an original state as much as possible. Others, though, bear the scars of many years of inclement weather and merciless heat. Today’s picture is a black and white version of a photo I shot in 2008 when I visited Bodie with my son, Doug. A portion of an old wagon was leaning up against the side of one of the buildings and thought it would make an interesting black and white photo. I hope you like it. I’d shoot it differently now (I really didn’t know that much about photography back then), but it is still evidence of the harsh environment of Bodie. I hope that as I get older, I weather the storms of life graciously.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1959, the last Edsel rolled off the production line at Ford. It was considered a big flop after two years with only 110,847 cars sold.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: believe it or not, fish can be susceptible to seasickness (or so my source says…I don’t know, ’cause I’ve never seen a fish throw up!)