Silent Sunday – Ghost Town


One of the biggest surprises I had when I went to the USA in 2015 was a trip to a ghost town. For part of the trip we went to Lake Tahoe and on the way back we took a detour through the ghost town Bodie, and I thought it would be nice to look back at the photos from that trip for Silent Sunday.


Silent Sunday – Ghost Town

We don’t have places like this here. I know Bodie is there because of gold. While we also had a gold rush here no towns like this were left behind and forgotten about. Most of the gold rush towns here stayed towns and now have remnants. Really they are still towns that people live in.

In some ways Bodie is quite extraordinary because in many of the buildings it does look like the people just left. That is a state that I really like and am drawn too.

Of course, like many things, there were a few things that I didn’t like. There were very few buildings that you could actually go into. It is fairly clear why you can’t, but I wish they would make it so that you could still take photos. The schoolroom was amazing, but the windows were so dirty that it was impossible to get good images.

The biggest problem for us on that day was the hot sun. It was really harsh and didn’t make it easy to take photos. I guess that is one of the biggest problems with travelling, you can’t control the weather.

It was worth the visit, that is for sure. I don’t regret going.


While there I took a lot of photos, but I have only processed a few of them. I might need to go back and see if there are others that I can work on.

Anyway, I hope you are enjoying your Sunday.

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    1. That is great Pam, you and Mike should organise a trip, it is quite amazing, and really gives you a look at how it was. Thank you.

  1. Some photographers arrange tours of Bodie, for money of course, and at that time they will open some of the buildings. I went with a couple of buddies and the buildings were closed. Did you make it up to the graveyard? That was amazing. I loved your editing on the cover photo.

    1. One of those tours would be good. I would love to have got inside some of the buildings. I don’t remember seeing a graveyard or even where it was. I love those, what a shame. Thank you Anne.

  2. I visited Bodie in 1993, it was very hot and very bright, loved the place even though it was difficult to photograph especially as I was using slide film. Your images are really good and capture the atmosphere of the place.

    1. Sounds like your visit was like mine. I can imagine how hard it would have been with slide, not being able to see what you were doing as you were doing it. Thank you.

  3. I went to one near Reno when I was 5. In the Bloody Bucket an old cowboy played Sherry for me on the piano. It was an eerie place. I liked it.

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