Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sky Watch #9


Sky Watch #9, originally uploaded by airam94564.

Rainclouds hover over the historic town of Virgina City, Nevada.

Virginia City, Nevada is roughly 20 miles from Reno and is one of major tourist destinations in the area receiving about 2+ million visitors yearly.

It was a boomtown during the Comstock Lode silver strike. Now the whole town is like a huge museum. The entire Virginia City was declared a historic landmark in 1961. Stroll and enjoy the well preserved buildings, play slots, peek into the many interesting shops, say a prayer or two at the first Catholic church in Nevada (St. Mary in the Mountains, see the belltower?), eat scone and sip latte at the cafes housed inside beautiful old buildings, sample crazy flavors of salt water taffy. Two things you wont see here: fastfood restaurants and chain stores. Yay!

As a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper, Samuel Clemens first used his popular pen name: MARK TWAIN. So some say this is the birthplace of Mark Twain.

This will be the first in the series of Virginia City, which I visited during our Memorial Day road trip.

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57 comments:

  1. That really is a nice photograph. It looks so nice but expect a downpour any minute.

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  2. Hi there! Wonderful photo. The town against the stormy sky makes me thrill. As if it is a haunted place:-) Have a nice day and happy SWF:-)

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  3. That must be living history - and no fast-food - great!

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  4. That is one rich photo. Ethereal!

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  5. M, looks as though the sky sucked off the life from those plants...they are colored in ash! Very nice one!

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  6. What an interesting shot with so much character and so much terrific info to go along with it! I love it!

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  7. I love your photo it is really nicely done

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  8. that is a beautiful picture. well done

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  9. No fast food or chain stores? Rare indeed!

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  10. Great picture. Didn't the Cartwrights (Bonanza) always travel into Virginia City when they needed supplies? I've never been to VC, but I hope to visit some day.

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  11. Beautiful picture and what a bonus, no fast food outlets!

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  12. A step back in time to a slower pace and real food! Wonderful!!

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  13. great shot looks like a great place to live too!

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  14. Ominous looking sky. We have a Virginia City too!

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  15. Intriguing place. The clouds make it even more intruiguing! Good shot!

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  16. Fantastic photo! Looks so mystical and wonderful! Great job...

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  17. Thanks for the visit and the kind comment. I have always been a Twain fan, since my childhood.

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  18. What a great view of the city and the Sky, nicely done with the story.

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  19. That sky looks quite ominous. Lovely photo.

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  20. Beautiful 'sky and town' photo. It doesn't look like a major tourist place, so you made me curious what there is to see, and yes, that sounds inviting (not that I will ever get there :-) but interesting to know !)

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  21. Looks like here right now - except that it already rains...
    Great shot!
    Cheers, Klaus

    Have to come back fro more! ;)

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  22. Beautiful setting i love going to Virginia City, did you know there is a Virginia City in Montana which is actually nicer than this one

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  23. Great shot. I like silhouette Church.

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  24. Looks like we sent our rain east. Thanks for visiting my site.

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  25. Beautiful skyline of an intersting old city, the stormy sky sure adds atmosphere. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your kind comments on my post earlier.

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  26. This is really neat. On first glance I thought it was a village in England or somewhere in Europe. What a surprise to see it's in Nevada. Great capture! Thanks for coming by to visit!

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  27. Damatic is the word for this. Those clouds do look fit to burst.

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  28. Very dramatic, like the way the church stands out against the stormy sky.

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  29. Beautiful historic Virginia City against the backdrop of this thick blanket of storm clouds is spectacular!

    Thank you for your kind comments on my "ominous clouds"!

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  30. Even though the skies are gray, it's still makes a beautiful picture ;)

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  31. I will be coming back for your series on Virginia City ..Happy Sky Watch...I love your picture this week....hope you have a great weekend and please come and see my big surprise for sky watch this week. cheers.

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  32. This place gets a lot of tourists!

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  33. Happy SWF. Did you get that rain?

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  34. Beautiful image and thanks so much for the history behind it!
    Stormy clouds. Very nice.

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  35. BEAUTIFUL!!
    have a nice weekend! =O)

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  36. Landscape, townscape and a great sky! Wonderful indeed, as well as the charm of the place itself.

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  37. Your choice of picture is perfect, and the information is excellent.. I have really enjoyed reading this.. great posting.

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  38. I like heavy sky with rainclouds. Your photo is just beautiful with the church and houses around!

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  39. That's just great....Nevada, huh? My first thought was that it was somewhere in Europe...

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  40. cloudy..n followed by stormy rain..i guess... neway..nice one

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  41. Oh we recognise clouds like that! They are here right now getting ready for the holiday weekend!

    Dx

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  42. wonderful view and the sky so beautiful, great photo..

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  43. Very stormy looking there. pretty shot.

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  44. Great shot and ty for sharing that interesting bit of history.

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  45. This pic is almost like strong colours have been syphoned out and just subtle touches of tones are left! Really beautiful!

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  46. I'm going to have to do some spooking around Virginia City sometime...
    I'm familiar with Bodie, and a few of the other ghost-towns, but never really have explored Virginia City...

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  47. A beautiful painterly scene.

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  48. Beautiful capture~fantastic rain clouds~send a few my way..:)
    Happy sky~watching!
    Cat

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  49. Looks like an interesting town. When I first saw it, it reminded me of Luderitz in Namibia. It was built on diamonds and fish.
    Nice shot - I woyuld like to wander through the streets of Virginia City

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  50. Nice shot, and nice to get the histori

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  51. It's good that such a lovely place is preserved.

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