Rhyolite Ghost Town is a desert gem

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Why visit Rhyolite? Because it’s one of the most photogenic ghost towns in the American Southwest. Rhyolite is not like most other ghost towns. People really thought this town would last into the future. During the town’s heyday between 1905 and 1912, permanent structures were built and the town turned into the most prosperous mining town in the region. The population reached 8,000 and people had everything they needed at the time. Rhyolite had a railroad station, a telephone and telegraph office, electricity, 2 hospitals, 18 grocery stores and over 50 saloons.

Nevertheless, like many other mining towns, Rhyolite ran out of luck. By 1920, the population had dropped to almost zero and the town had become a ghost town. Today, you can only see a few remains of the more than one hundred original buildings. Anyway, stop by and you can easily feel how this place once was a booming mining…

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Summer in the Sierra (Part 1)

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What are your favorite things to do in the summer?

Hiking Trail to Winnemucca Lake, Mokelumne WildernessHiking Trail to Winnemucca Lake, Mokelumne Wilderness My summers are for hiking in search of wildflowers, biking early in the day when it’s still cool outside, camping with friends and cooking our meals on the campfire, and lounging at the beach with a book (and by a book, I mean a beer, and by lounging I mean sitting on a rock in Lake Tahoe).

Camping at Sonora Bridge. Camping at Sonora Bridge. This is the 9th summer that Matt and I have lived in northern Nevada. We live in a beautiful part of the country and we’ve explored the area quite a bit, but there is still so much more to see (I’m kind of embarrassed to say… I haven’t been to Yosemite yet.). Of the places I have been, here are some of my favorite spots to be in the summer -…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse, as in Valley Of Fire

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Valley Of Fire Skylight-Steve Bruno

The idea of finding just one place that finds me continually returning to photograph had me contemplating for some time.  Another spot with extensive imagery in my files was going to claim the ‘muse’ title until I happened to glance over at my equipment.  Wait a minute.  There’s nothing to mull over here.  I bought a special tripod to photograph this spot and I still refer to it as my Valley Of Fire tripod.  End of internal discussion.

Not too long ago, I thought I was through with my photographic efforts at Valley Of Fire.  I felt as though I had great images of all the unique features I had come across, and had left little or no room for improvement on those.  Recently, however, I have returned to cover new subjects as well as old subjects in a new light.  The enthusiasm hasn’t waned, and I know I still…

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In nature you see beauty in the marvelous things God created. Also, God lives in the heart of every good person. – Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Here is the latest high definition photo quote to brighter your day by Paulette Le Pore Motzko at PLM Studios.

Totally Inspired Mind

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High definition Photography and Graphic arts by Paulette L Motzko
Written by Paulette L Motzko

Copyright June 2015

June 27th, 2015 at 2:39 p.m.

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