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19 July 2011

Bodega Bay, Home to Hitchcock Movie "The Birds"

A seagull sitting on a log.On a recent trip to California we visited the northern coastal town of Bodega Bay. It was not until we arrived that I realized it was the home of Alfred Hitchcock's movie, "The Birds." I remember watching that scary movie as a kid, and with that in mind, I set about recording the sights of this sleepy little coastal town. Now how on earth did Hitchcock manage to scare us with this tranquil setting?










The old schoolhouse used in Hitchcock's movie,
Schoolhouse
The old schoolhouse used in Hitchcock's movie, "The Birds." Bodega Bay, California



Ellen Orr Grave
Ellen Orr's Grave
Ellen Orr's grave is located at St. Teresa of Avila Church, Bodega, California.



An architectural photo of a white clapboard Christian church with rays  of light shining down from a cloud filled sky.
God's House
An architectural photo of a white clapboard Christian church with rays of light shining down from a cloud filled sky. St. Teresa of Avila Church, Bodega, California
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An architectural photo of a beautiful wooden Christian church door.
Church Door
An architectural photo of a beautiful wooden Christian church door. St. Teresa of Avila Church, Bodega, California
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10 comments:

  1. Beautiful shots, Julie.
    I somehow missed the church one on Flickr, it also has an amazing sky, like the schoolhouse.
    Looks like you had a great trip to Cali.
    Peace, Judi

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  2. Great images, Julie! Hitchcock certainly was a genius and he brought tranquility of this town into a more frightening place that became terrorized by the menacing birds.
    I can imagine that once you realised where you were you might have been looking a bit more closely and suspiciously at the birds around.
    :)

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  3. Excellent photos Julie! Your photos always make me want to go travelling....or at least over to the West coast one year on our holidays! :)

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  4. Gorgeous photos, and that sky is so dramatic especially the one with the church. Looking at those clouds, you can imagine the mysteries and emotions of that movie.

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  5. Judi, thanks for checking out the photos on Flickr. Glad you like the sky in my series!

    Gary, I was indeed looking askance at those birds! Thanks for stopping by.

    Ali, I am pleased my photography inspires you to travel. Cool!

    tk, glad you picked up on the emotional impact I was going for with the sky. Thanks!

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  6. all of the photos are completely gorgeous (except for the seagull, I hate those :D They keep waking me up at 5 in the morning) and I think you just couldn't do it better. Awaiting more pictures! Need to watch the movie, I guess.

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    Story telecom

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  7. Hi Jimmy, Thanks for stopping by! You should definitely give Hitchcock's movies a try. The Birds is a great one to start with.

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  8. Wow - I said. Beautiful architecture.
    Thanks for sharing. Sorry, I am little busy these days traveling a lot and writing too and unable to visit many blogs but whenever I find time I try to visit. Thank you.

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  9. I was focused on the well kept buildings until I read the other comments about the sky. How'd you get those shots! It's almost as if you were a foot tall, pointing your camera upwards. I'm sure it was easy peasy for you. :)

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  10. Julie, I love the contrast between the dark images of the movie and the bright photos that you shot. And the light in the sky is amazing!

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