We went away for this week, to the Eastern Sierra. It's incredible that, as a native Californian, I'd never been down Hwy 395. Up north, it skirts Nevada, dips into it a bit, and then takes you to a vast and open landscape that is truly awe inspiring.
We went to see the fall color, which was abundant and glorious. We stayed in Mammoth Lakes with a friend and several new friends, in a condo. It was a friendly group, and we agreed to not discuss politics, which helped immensely. We were there to indulge our creative photographic impulses, and that we did. The guys we were with are great technical, mechanical masters at their art. It was instructive to listen to their talk.
Mono Lake was a great surprise -- I had no idea how big it is. When drop down from a hill and get the first glimpse of it -- WOW.
We also made it to the historic town of Bodie, which at one time was a gold and silver mine town, with 60 bars and probably as many cat houses. It is a rich source for photographers, and I'm not at all sure I captured it well (still editing photos) but it was great to finally go there and walk around.
There is a cemetery as well (as one would expect) but we were too bushed at that point to have a look. Next time. We love cemeteries. Such a rich history there.
We drove home a day early, as there were dire forecasts of 100 mph winds and big rain coming into the area. Our fellow shooters stayed and the aforementioned winds didn't really kick up, so they had an additional day of shooting. In any case, we were pooped out due to altitude and travel, and are happy to be home now. The rain is falling here and that makes me very happy.
Enjoy your weekend!