"Where The Streets Have No Name" by Bodhi Smith

 
In a place where 
the streets have no name,
quietly in silence, I adore 
the Milky Way...I've been 
obsessed with staring at her beauty for 
so many many years. I'm amazed and 
fascinated by how beautiful she is, 
no matter what position in 
the sky, or location on 
this planet she is found. And 
I'm further obsessed in trying to 
create photo impressions of 
her to show the world just how much 
I'm in love with everything about her...
She's the most beautiful thing 
my eyes have ever witnessed, 
glowing and lighting up my sky like 
nothing ever has before, or ever will again. 
She speaks to me with 
her silence, so much clearer than 
any mere mortal words with 
her thoughts permeating into 
my own. I love being with 
her all night long, just 
humbled by her grace and 
majesty, so magical and 
mystical, as she sings her
silent songs to me and 
blinks at me with 
a billion eyes full of love...
I feel her, I see her, 
I listen to her, and then 
I simply breathe, and 
my spirit is wrapped up into 
the whispers of her sighs...
I exhale her love...I simply adore her. 
All of her 
 
 
MY THOUGHTS 
A place where there's no religion, or politics, or property lines. It's just a place like heaven with no boundaries and no limits ― Bodhi, Where The Streets Have No Name
 
Situated high up in the Eastern Sierra Mountains of California sits a cozy little home. Imagine living here, nothing for miles and miles around, just the mountains, Mother Nature in her wilderness, and your modest abode. No Republican Party. No Democratic Party. No Greed. No religion. No racism. No television. No Internet. No big boxmarts. No McDonalds, or Starbucks, and no neon lights. No loud neighbors, or sirens, no noise, just the sound of sunshine coming down each day and the silence of the stars each night. No cars driving by--no traffic, and no street signs--Wouldn't it be nice to live Where the Streets have No Name? A place of imagination where there are no limitations, wouldn't that just be heaven?
 
Just imagine a world where nature's beauty is celebrated, and egos are tamed. And life is based on peace, not greed  ― Bodhi, Where The Streets Have No Name
 
Where streets have no name
Where everyone's all the same 
Where love knows no shame
 

Released 37 years ago in 1987 as the first single from their Joshua Tree album, this song by the legendary Irish alternative rock band U2 is an iconic song of theirs that's a fan favorite and always a staple at every single concert they play. The lyrics evoke the idea of a Utopia, where there's no religion, or politics, or property lines, just a place like heaven with no boundaries and no limits...for this reason as well as the simple fact the song bears the exact same name as my photo, I believe it's the perfect accompaniment to connect music with the meaning of my impression and blog today... "Where The Streets Have No Name" by U2. ... (just click on any of the words in the powder blue links to listen to the tune and watch the video) ...

I want to run, I want to hide
I wanna tear down the walls that hold me inside
I wanna reach out and touch the flame
Where the streets have no name, ha, ha, ha
I wanna feel sunlight on my face
I see that dust cloud disappear without a trace
I wanna take shelter from the poison rain
Where the streets have no name, oh, oh
Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
We're still building then burning down love
Burning down love
And when I go there, I go there with you
It's all I can do
The city's a flood
And our love turns to rust
We're beaten and blown by the wind
Trampled in dust
I'll show you a place
High on the desert plain, yeah
Where the streets have no name, oh, oh
Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
We're still building then burning down love
Burning down love
And when I go there, I go there with you
It's all I can do
Our love turns to rust
We're beaten and blown by the wind
Blown by the wind
Oh, and I see love
See our love turn to rust
Oh, we're beaten and blown by the wind
Blown by the wind
Oh, when I go there
I go there with you
It's all I can do
 
 
and i, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
void,
likeness, image of
mystery,
i felt myself a pure part
of the silence,
i wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind
 
A place Where The Streets Have No Name and silence in the language spoken, just sounds so damned beautiful...However, it seems the people of our world today don't seem to know how to embrace silence...
 
Too many people can't fathom the beauty and necessity of silence anymore. They think they have to be talking all the time, forever texting, or posting pictures of themselves, pictures of what they ate, what they did, what they saw, who they are with, who they lost, what they want, what they are thinking, what they are feeling, what they have accomplished, where they have been, where they are, where they are going. Damn, they cannot understand why no one understands them because they cannot listen to the silence they need to hear...
 
It seems way too many people are scared of silence, or see silence as what happens when they are cut off and no longer connected to the world through their cell phones and social media. Now silence means isolation, and isolation means loneliness. But that's truly a misnomer and it's just not right... 
 
These smartphones are making so many people stupid. Especially the youth who've become socially dumb, ruining their chances for making real connections ― Bodhi, Where The Streets Have No Name
 
What happened to a quiet hike in nature, or a pleasant walk on the beach? What happened to being with your significant other, or friends, or family and enjoying time with them? Seriously, what happened to sharing beautiful moments without using your cellphone to respond to people who aren't even present with you? What happened to enjoying a beautiful sunset without having to take a picture of it, so focused on the photo that you miss out on the real moments? All just so you can create a picture to share with the world, and flatten down a moment you will not remember as clearly had you just lived it instead of trying to record it...
 
You disconnect from your loved ones as soon as you connect to the internet on your smartphone, you check out of the real world of interactions and living moments with them. And instead, you check into the noise of misunderstanding, misinterpreting, and miscommunication with someone who is missing and not even physically present. This happens instead of staying present in the moment and being with those present around you 110%...
 
Because too many people do not know how to embrace silence, behaviors are not only breaking down socially, but are crossing over the line into being rude and inconsiderate of others, and this should not be socially acceptable. I'm personally tired of having to listen to the conversation of another person telling about their life while I'm on a public bus, or plane, or in a park, or in a store, or while pumping gas... 
 
Being present in the present is a present ― Bodhi, Where The Streets Have No Name
 
It's become damn tiresome seeing a family of four eating dinner in a restaurant and all of them are on their phone doing something else while waiting for their food to be delivered. Even though there are four bodies seated at the table, no one is present at the table. They are all someplace else, not sharing time with each other. And also, I'm sick and tired watching a person in the checkout line of the grocery store totally ignore the clerk the entire time, without even acknowledging their existence with a look or polite greeting, all because they are in the middle of a youtube video or engrossed in messaging someone on their smartphone...
 
And I'm totally disgusted with having a view of a beautiful sunset disrupted by people with smartphones on selfie sticks trying to capture "look-at-me" narcissistic images to put on their instagram pages as they chatter incessantly about being somewhere they always wanted to be and want to show off to the world their victory--But ironically they were really never there because the whole time they were not present in the moment at their present physical location, they are instead lost in the esther of their smartphone... 
 
Touch the silence with your mind, and you will begin to understand the one you call yourself ― Bodhi, Where The Streets Have No Name
 
Two years ago on February 8th 2022, I was lucky to experience and witness the "Beyond Van Gogh" exhibit in San Diego, CA. But like they do everywhere else, too many people were walking around taking pictures and shooting video, and chattering incessantly about meaningless stuff that had nothing to do with Vincent. They could have enjoyed much deeper this beautiful show of art, done in such a modern visual three dimensional creation. And they could have made the whole art show better for all the others who wanted to tell them to shut their f**ing mouths (STFU!) and turn off their bright phone screens, and just witness the magical creation before their eyes...But that would be rude to tell them that. Heaven help if we offend those entitled people, even though their inconsiderate, thoughtless, and clueless actions are much more rude and take away from the experience of all the kindly polite, good mannered people...
 
There needs to be a silence, a time for breathing the same air, to permit a period of reflection in order to truly connect with other souls. We need to carry our connections in our hearts, not in our hands. Silence needs to be the connection, not the disconnection ― Bodhi, Where The Streets Have No Name
 
Enjoying silence is a practice people need to embrace. Quiet your inner thoughts and chatter within your mind, and outwardly you will reflect a calmer being. In silence you will become a better listener. you will see, feel, and experience more deeply each moment you live. And when another soul understands how to share silence with you, you can often hear them more clearly than you could with a conversation full of words, and enjoy your time more richly with them...
 
Each of us needs to calm our busy mind and find our own sacred silence. Because all these smartphones we carry in our pockets and in our hands are dumbing us down. They're truly just breaking our connections to each other, and further separating us from living in a natural world. Being connected through an internet, with email, and social media, TikTok, YouTube, and texting is only disconnecting society with extra useless busy noise. It's only the illusion of being connected, because this connection is not reality, it's barely a virtual reality, which regrettably people are seeing as their here-and-now world. People need to disconnect and silence their smartphones, unplug and let go...
 
Silence is hearing everything devoid of noise, really listening to the purity of what was meant to be heard ― Bodhi, Where The Streets Have No Name
 
Since there are as many stars in the night sky as there are people on the planet, what if we could unite as human beings and just be like a deep still pond silently reflecting the stars of the night sky. Be a reflection of the cosmos' silence and connections. Be calm, not busy. Be still and silent. Keep our reflection and connection pure and clear. Because, like ripples across the surface, smartphones are making noisy waves that are only muddling our reflection, making things all fuzzy and uncertain, breaking apart the peaceful silence we desperately need today...
 
You see...without silence, there is no listening. Without listening, there is no understanding. Without understanding, there is no connection. Without connection there is no meaning. Without meaning there is no direction. Without direction there is only floundering about and no stillness. Without stillness, there is no clear reflection. Without a clear reflection, there is no clarity. Without clarity, there is no reason. Without reason there is only chaos. With chaos, there is just useless noise. With useless noise, there can be no silence. and without silence there is no listening, no understanding. no conscious connection...
 
So, seriously, wouldn't it be nice, so damned nice, to exist in a place Where The Streets Have No Name and the language spoken is silence?
 
It can be so soothing and peaceful to meditate and reflect upon the magical universe that surrounds us, especially while sitting under the silent wisdom glowing down from all the celestial orbs in the starry night sky, as you wait for the sun to rise and shine. But be true to the universe that's inside you, and be true to the sunshine within. Only you know you. And only you know what you truly need. So be true to yourself and do everything you can to truly get it ― Bodhi, Where The Streets Have No Name
 
 
Btw, here is another perfect tune to listen to as you read my new blog, this is such a powerful song in message and meaning, with beautiful lyrics, "Sound of Silence" by Disturbed. (just click on the song title, it is a link to the lyric video)...please note above above, that i've chosen an updated, much more modern version, a more passionate cover of the famous song, but you only need to click here: if you would rather listen to the original "Sound of Silence" classic. by Simon and Garfunkel. ...
 
Hello darkness, my old friend. 
I've come to talk with you again. 
Because a vision softly creeping, 
Left its seeds while I was sleeping. 
And the vision that was planted in my brain, 
Still remains within the sound of silence...
In restless dreams I walked alone. 
Narrow streets of cobblestone 
Beneath the halo of a street lamp, 
I turned my collar to the cold and damp. 
When my eyes were stabbed 
By the flash of a neon light 
That split the night and 
Touched the sound of silence...
And in the naked light 
I saw ten thousand people, maybe more. 
People talking without speaking, 
People hearing without listening, 
People writing songs that voices never share, 
And no one dare disturb the sound of silence...
"Fools" said I, "You do not know, 
Silence like a cancer grows. 
Hear my words that I might teach you. 
Take my arms that I might reach you"...
But my words like silent raindrops fell 
And echoed in the wells of silence. 
And the people bowed and 
Prayed to the neon god they made. 
And the sign flashed out 
Its warning in the words 
That it was forming, and the sign said, 
The words of the prophets are written 
On the subway walls and tenement halls 
And whispered in the sounds of silence 
 
 
Without silence, there is no listening. Without listening, there is no understanding. Without understanding, there is no connection. Without connection there is no meaning. Without meaning there is no direction. Without direction there is only floundering about and no stillness. Without stillness, there is no clear reflection. Without a clear reflection, there is no clarity. Without clarity, there is no reason. Without reason there is only chaos. ― Bodhi, Where The Streets Have No Name
 
 
 
STORY BEHIND THE TOWN OF BODIE, CA
Good, by God, I'm going to Bodie...or is it...Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie ― Anonymous
 
Bodie, California (est. 1861) is a town frozen in time (sometimes literally), and preserved by the California State Parks in a state of “arrested decay.” Bodie became a state historic park in 1962, and maintains the buildings just as they were found when the state took over the town--but they do not restore the buildings, instead choosing to simply preserve the buildings in their aged and weathered 1880s appearance.
 
In 1859, William "Waterman" s. Bodey discovered gold near what is now called Bodie Bluff close to and northeast of what is now Yosemite National Park. A mill was established in 1861 and the town began to grow. It started with about 20 miners and grew to an estimated 10,000 people by 1880 becoming the third largest city in California by population. By then, the town of Bodie bustled with families, entrepreneurs, miners, store owners, bankers, lawmen, clergy, robbers, gunfighters, prostitutes, and people from every country in the world. At one time, there was reported to be 65 saloons in town. among the saloons were numerous brothels and "houses of ill repute", gambling halls and opium dens--an entertainment outlet for everyone.

On a daily basis, miners would emerge from the mills and head for the bars and the red light district to spend their earnings. The mixture of money, gold and alcohol would sometimes prove fatal. newspapers reported that townspeople would ask in the mornings "have we a man for breakfast?" meaning "did anyone get killed last night?"

Some records show that a "Wm. Bodey" took a ship from New York, around the horn, to end up in San Francisco. It isn’t clear if that’s the same man who was prospecting near present day Bodie. In any case, the spelling of the name was changed at some point before the majority of the people made their way to Bodie, and it stuck.

The town peaked with mining its gold around 1880, with close to 10,000 people and 2000 buildings. Over the years, Bodie's mines produced gold valued at nearly $34 billion USD. But after hitting its peak in the 1880's, Bodie started to produce less and less gold and the town went into decline in the subsequent decades and came to be described as a ghost town by 1915...  

 
By 1920,Bodie's population was recorded by the US Federal census at a total of 120 people. Despite the decline and a severe fire in the business district in 1932, Bodie had permanent residents through nearly half of the 20th century. And a post office operated at Bodie from 1877 to its closing in 1942...in the 1940s, the threat of vandalism faced the ghost town. The Cain family, who owned much of the land, hired caretakers to protect and to maintain the town's structures. Martin Gianettoni, one of the last three people living in Bodie in 1943, was a caretaker.

Bodie is now an authentic Wild West Ghost Town. The town was designated a national historic landmark in 1961 (on its 100th year of existence). and in 1962, the CA State Assembly authorized creation of Bodie State Historic Park. A total of only 170 buildings remained. Bodie has been named as California's official state gold rush ghost town.

Today, Bodie is still pretty far off the beaten path in the barren desert-like highlands of the California Eastern Sierra Mountains...access to it is up a dusty, bumpy, slow, 13 mile long climbing road off state highway 395 just south of Bridgeport, CA, and it’s amazing how many people are aware of this once glorious town....About 200,000 visitors a year come to Bodie even though Bodie is so remote, and the fact that Bodie is closed at least half of the year because of the winter with its heavy snowfall (20ft plus a year), extreme weather and high winds (often with velocities well over 100mph) and unforgiving temperatures, even during summer months it can drop below freezing at night at its high elevation...

There’s an amusing story about a little girl whose family was moving from San Francisco to Bodie in the late 1800s in hopes of "striking it rich"...The little girl, depending on who tells it, wrote in her diary either: "Good, by God, I’m going to Bodie" -or -"Goodbye God, I’m going to Bodie"...
 
 
Here's a classic from close to 53 years ago, first released in late 1971, has the same name as my impresion today, and quite frankly, goes swimmingly with the meaning of my blog today, just imagine a world where natural inner beauty is celebrated, and egos are tamed, and life is based on peace, not greed: "Imagine" by John Lennon. ... and also, here is a great cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" done beautifully by Jack Johnson and his guitar, creating new modern beach vibes to the tune... "Imagine" by Jack Johnson (John Lennon cover).  ... (just click on any of the words in the powder blue links to listen to the tune and watch the video) ...

Imagine there's no heaven. 
It's easy if you try. 
No hell below us, 
Above us is only sky. 
Imagine all the people, 
Living for today...
Imagine there's no countries. 
It isn't hard to do. 
Nothing to kill or die for, 
And no religion too. 
Imagine all the people, 
Living life in peace...
You, you may say I'm a dreamer, 
But i'm not the only one. 
I hope someday you'll join us, 
And the world will be as one...
Imagine no possessions. 
I wonder if you can. 
No need for greed or hunger, 
A brotherhood of man. 
Imagine all the people, 
Sharing all the world...
You, you may say I'm a dreamer. 
But I'm not the only one. 
I hope someday you'll join us, 
And the world will be as one 
 
 
 
SOME APROPOS QUOTES
Silence is a true friend who never betrays ― Confucius
 
When there is silence, one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself ― Lao Tzu
 
Stop thinking, allow silence to enter your mind, and end your problems ― Lao Tzu
 
Look at the stars, and let that silence penetrate you...look at the dark night and let that velvety darkness surround you, envelop you, dissolve you. this is the way of the simple heart ― Osho, The Hidden Splendor
 
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When photos become inadequate, I shall be content with silence ― Ansel Adams
 
We sit in silence and watch the stars, I suppose because there are no words, not in all the languages on earth, that can properly describe the feeling of being in love. And perhaps those little burning lights out there in the dark, are the closest we come to something that does ― Beau Taplin
 
Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; The strength so strong mere force is feebleness: The truth more first than sun, more last than star ― E. E. Cummings
 
We all arrive by different streets, by unequal languages, at silence ― Pablo NerudaThe Book of Questions
 
He looked at the stars again, and he realized that it's not the stars that create silent light, but rather light that creates the silent stars ― Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements
 
Filled with rapture, his soul yearned for freedom, space, vastness. over him the heavenly dome, full of quiet, shining stars, hung boundlessly. From the zenith to the horizon, the still-dim Milky Way stretched its double strand. Night, fresh and quiet, almost unstirring, enveloped the earth...The silence of the earth seemed to merge with the silence of the heavens; and the mystery of the earth was one with the mystery of the stars ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
 
We need to find peace, and it cannot be found in noise and restlessness. Peace is the friend of silence. see how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grow in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... we need silence to be able to touch souls ― Mother Teresa
 
In this world, we are surrounded by fast-paced, empty static energy. they're like the empty calories of the soul. you have empty calories for your body, like a bag of potato chips for example, then you have empty calories for your soul, which are found in the static energy that doesn't really add to our emotional, spiritual, mental experience of living our lives. we have magical moments of connection with people, with nature, with spirit, but then we rush out of those moments all too fast, in order to go straight back into the busy lanes that are full of things not worthwhile! empty energies! so when we do that, we forget our magical, nourishing soul moments all too fast and we start caring about things that we shouldn't care about too much, stepping outside of the moments of silence that we encounter, and going back into the empty noise. so i think that we need to picture ourselves as rocks in the river; we can let all of that rush by us, while we stay fortified where we are, lingering in the warmness of the noontime sun, the chill of the dawn, the reflections of the stars—like a rock in a river—let it all just rush by. be silent ― C. Joybell C.
 
Oh please just let me sit here under the stars, on the threshold of two worlds. Lost in the eloquence of silence ― Jalaluddin Rumi, The Essential Rumi
 
Lose yourself, lose yourself! Escape from the black cloud that surrounds you. Then, you will see your own light as radiant as a billion stars. now enter that silence. this is the surest way to lose yourself....What is your life about, anyway? nothing but a struggle to be someone, nothing but you running from your own silence! ― Jalaluddin Rumi, Music and Silence of the Heart

Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation― 
Jalaluddin Rumi, The Essential Rumi
 
 
 
SPECIFICS ABOUT THIS PHOTO
A place where the streets have no name is a place of imagination, a place where there are no limitations ― Bodhi, Where The Streets Have No Name

This impression was created on August 27th, 2016 in the ghost town of Bodie, California during the ghost walk nights (when the Bodie State Historical Park is open to the general public until 10pm four nights out of the year on the last Saturday of the months of June, July, August, and September https://www.bodiefoundation.org/bodie-ghost-walks) ...
 
To get the effects you see here, I needed to capture 3 photos, all-the-while knowing later I would be merging them together into one single composition using both the photomerge function and layers in Adobe Photoshop CC...
 
In my photography, I always use filters to create longer exposure effects, saturate colors naturally, and balance the light in my composition in-camera...I often use as many as four filters at time, and I always use at least one filter in my completed impressions...
 
And to get the effects and balance I was looking for in this composition, I used two ProgreyUSA Filters. along with the ProgreyUSA G-120Z Antarctic Magnetic Holder. to secure these filters to my Nikon D810 with a Nikon Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 prime lens. ... 
 
Camera Settings for the Little House and surrounding hillside: 
These separate exposures (2) of the house and surrounding hillside, were both shot at the camera setting of  f/11@24mm for 555 seconds, ISO-64, taken on 08-27-2016 about half an hour before sunset at 7:07pm and 7:17pm PST. These two images were then photomerged together using Adobe Photoshop CC to create a panoramic that will be merged with an image of the night sky shot a little later on of the sky. Also for both exposures, I used a ProgreyUSA 0.9 GND Aurora Filter. to bring the top third of the composition down 3 stops and help darken the brighter sky, creating a better in-camera balance in the overall image with the foreground of the image, especially to help permit details in the shadows amongst shrubs to come out better in the exposure ...coupled with a ProgreyUSA 3.0ND Antarctic Magnetic Filter. to stop down the image 10 stops and permit for the long 9 min-16second exposures at f/11 to allow the moving sun to light paint the scene as it moved across the sky over the course of the ultra-long exposures, and also to help naturally saturate all the earthy hues in the image...
 
Camera Settings for night sky with the blurry Milky Way: 
For this separate exposure of the stars, taken slightly out of focus about 2.5 hours after the foreground pictures on August 27th, 2016 at 9:27pm...f/1.4@24mm for 13 seconds, ISO-2000. No filters were necessary in this star exposure, so none were used...
 
The photomerged landscape image and the image of the night sky were then merged together using layers in Adobe Photoshop CC...
 
I wish to openly thank my sponsors who have always supported me through both the good and bad times...for truly this long exposure impression would not be possible without the use of my Induro PHQ3 Series 5-way Panhead with an Induro (now Benro) Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod. in combination with the ProgreyUSA Filters. which I use with every photo I take...
 
If nothing else...if I open my eyes, if I hope, if I cry, if I think, if I sigh, if I giggle, if I dance, if I love, if I breathe, then I have lived a full days worth of life...nothing is wasted, nothing ― Bodhi, If
 
Contemplate without thinking. Be certain only in your uncertainty, content to be completely incomplete. Stop the rush. Slow down time. Breathe and notice. Slow down everything. Let it all be. Shut off the noise. Hush. Relax. Seize this higher moment. Reconnect. Feel and sense what surrounds you. Listen to all the colours of light whisper as they envelope you. See the melody and harmony that float about unnoticed. Taste the solitude of all this wonderment. Smell the beautiful silence. Now discover your peaceful serenity. Then, reach out and touch your faith with all your senses. This is my world. Awaken! ― Bodhi, My World
 
I leave you today wishing that bright joy 
and spiritual peace fill your life...
imploring you to make every moment count, 
no matter what, always and forever, 
for that is the only thing that truly matters... 
 
And above all else,
I hope this message and impression find you well.
 
Namaste,
Bodhi
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