Many of the mining towns in 19th-Century California supported a lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Bodie was no exception. Perhaps being attached to the brick-and-mortar DeChambeau Hotel helped it survive the fires that consumed most of Bodie’s wooden structures. This staircase leads to the 2nd floor of the IOOF building.
Stairs, IOOF Hall
(2.0 minutes, f/14, ISO 280, white balance 4000K, with light painted onto steps and walls).
DeChambeau Hotel and IOOF Hall
(2 exposures stacked in lighten mode, each 4.5 minutes, f/9, ISO 280, white balance 4000K; total exposure 9.0 minutes, with full moon, starting about 11:00 pm).
In case you’re wondering: Bodie is not normally open to visitors at night. The resident rangers are extremely protective of the unique historical resources here and will shoo away unauthorized night visitors. Park officials granted participants in the Night Photography Festival a very rare opportunity to photograph here at night (under close supervision).
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