Thunder Mountain Monument

I love traveling across the Intermountain West, that vast region between the Sierra-Cascade ranges and the Rocky Mountains. This high desert landscape of huge valleys and remote mountain ranges has a fascinating human and geologic history. It’s also sparsely settled, and therefore a region where people who don’t fit well into typical urban society can find a place to do their thing. Take Thunder Mountain Monument, for example. Hard by Interstate-80 at Imlay, Nevada, 2 hours east of Reno, this remarkable jumble of folk art and architecture is the creative legacy of one Frank Van Zant, a.k.a. “Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder”. Follow these links for his story. I hope to make a return visit next year.

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Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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2 Responses to Thunder Mountain Monument

  1. Rick says:

    Tim – These are wonderful images. I especially like Thunder Mountain #3 . . . it has a very pleasing tritone look. Can I go with you when you return to Thunder Mountain? Sincerely, your photo buddy. Rick

  2. Tim Messick says:

    Thanks, Rick. Reminiscent of Horse Cow, eh? Yes, Thunder Mountain would make a fine joint outing.

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