These small depressions fill with water only during the spring and autumn rains. Such seasonal wetlands are vital to many forms of small animal and plant life, and unfortunately many have disappeared forever under various types of human development.
Huell visits the Watts Towers, built by an Italian hand, the Watts Towers have been designated a national landmark, and its adjacent Arts Center where children carry on the artistic tradition and create their own masterpieces. Then travel to the “City by the Bay,” to discover what lies behind their obsession with sourdough bread and watch how the bread is made. […]
The theme of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Musical Chairs. Your photos this week can have anything to do with Music or Chairs. I would like to see at least one photo of anything regarding music and one chair. Just make sure that music and chairs are the main subject of your photo. Chairs in the Georgia Northern private rail […]
(Click to enlarge.) From 1909 until 1967, the California State Fair grounds were located at Stockton Boulevard and Broadway in south Sacramento; the State Fair was held there annually except for 1942 through 1947, when the army occupied the fairgrounds due to the war. Nowadays we have the more centralized Cal Expo fairgrounds, and there are few if any remnants of […]
I started out the other morning thinking it would be fun to shoot some mushrooms at ground level, using my mini tripod. Even with the tripod, all the crouching and bending down to ensure a decent focus wasn’t exactly a delight, but I was mostly happy with my results. (Click to enlarge.) But once I got home and had a […]
Some days, my morning walks are so routine I don’t even pull out my camera. And then there are the really fun days — like this one…
I met Kenny last July as he sat in front of the local CVS chain drugstore. He complimented my car (a 1972 Chevy El Camino), and I complimented his guitar. We chatted for a few minutes, and he told me he spends a lot of time around Negro Bar. When I confessed I was working on learning to play the mandolin, he offered me a few helpful tips from the depths of his experience. That was four months ago and I haven’t run into him since then; but the other day when the Big Guy happened to mention he’d recently seen a man sitting under the Lake Natoma Crossing playing guitar, I wondered if it might be Kenny. And I suddenly remembered that Kenny had invited me to look for his videos on YouTube. I’ve never had to worry about not having a roof over my head, but I know that, in different circumstances, any of us might find ourselves in a similar situation. Today, the weather here is windy, cold and very wet. I’m really hoping that Kenny is warm and safe somewhere.