Bodie required a second look, so we headed back early the next day. It is not that the town is that large. The heat, dust and altitude passed my creative juices. When I reach the point that creature comforts takes over my attention, it is time to put away my camera. I’m glad my photo friends, Ann and Laura felt the same way.
This second day with clouds overhead we began at the Bodie Cemetery.
Up on a hill, a little outside the town the cemetery stands. “Arrested decay” may describe this place, but there are signs that restoration happening. As I walked up to the cemetery I imagined what a family member would be experiencing. Many of the gravestones marked the passing of children.
Many of the grave sites were missing markers. Probably made of wood, and did not survive the test of time.
About 80 gravestones remain.
For the rest of the morning I took it slow, tried to get a feel for the hard, desolate life lived in this area.
When the population abandoned Bodie, the shuttered buildings and personal items were left as is.
Some items held up to time, some rotted away, some fell apart, and layers of dust collected.
That part of it captures my imagination. Visiting museums I see artifacts from an earlier time, but they are often set apart from their time. Here everything just continues to get older.
I enjoyed the time spent here. I also had fun with processing my photographs using various software tools. Mainly, I used Lightroom 5.7 with the help of Topaz plug-ins. I used Topaz Adjust and Topaz Detail 3. In some of my shots this weekend I used Photomatrix Pro 5 which I just purchased after the trip. I still need practice to perfect my 5 bracketed HDR images and process it with this new software.
I am getting ready to upgrade to Lightroom CC. There is always something to learn to improve my art! This keeps it interesting!