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River of gold

If our current drought conditions continue, fresh water will soon become even more precious as we once again start looking for ways to conserve. Much of my local drinking water comes from the American River via Folsom Lake; and the shrinking water supply is very much on my mind even as I enjoy the beauty of the river’s south fork, […]

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Empty lake

On my previous visit to Rattlesnake Bar (April 20) I found a sea of purple lupine covering the exposed shoreline. Three weeks later, most of the lupine has died out. On this day, we arrived about 8:30 in the morning; the temperature was already warming up and there was very little breeze. The gusty north winds would arrive around 11 […]

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Ghosts of industry

The Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley, once the richest gold mining site in California (1850-1956), is also home to some very cool hiking trails. They provide a nice escape from some of the Valley heat, and along the way you may stumble across the remains of a number of smaller mines, some of which, like the Orleans […]

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The Adventure Continues… Swallows

I concluded the California Mission series a couple of weeks ago, but I couldn’t leave the topic of the missions without taking a look at the swallows that arrive at Mission San Juan Capistrano every spring in mid March. These beautiful little birds clearly bring a lot of joy to the people in the area as they gather to celebrate […]

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Magical filter

I’m embarassed to admit that I am a very lazy photographer. I’ve accumulated some pretty decent equipment, and over the past two years I’ve had plenty of time to study the basics of photography and to improve my skills. Instead, I mostly wander around and shoot whatever catches my eye — without bothering to get a serious grasp on using […]

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Memory Monday, Week 149

A couple of weeks ago Memory Monday visited the Gold Discovery Park at Coloma; this week I have images, shot in 1985, from two other day trip destinations near Sacramento. Sadly, the first one is no longer accessible. Daffodil Hill, located near the small foothill town of Volcano, permanently closed in 2019 after being in operation for more than 80 […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

No, my mom was never constantly on the phone — but I really like this candid shot I took of her with my Polaroid camera in March 1976. It also helps remind me that it’s been WAAAAY too long since we’ve talked (and even longer since we’ve been able to see each other). I guess I know what needs to […]

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