Historic teacups

The theme of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Glasses, Cups, Saucers. I know your first question is, do I have to take all photos in my home an the answer is no your photos can be taken anywhere.  I just need to see glasses, cups and saucers this week. The Chinese certainly played an important role in the […]

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California Woodpeckers

Every now and again I’ll spot a woodpecker around here, usually high up on a tree happily drilling away. I’ve been frustrated by my inability to photograph one of these gorgeous birds; but last week I finally got lucky. I had to refer to my Field Guide to Western Birds, but I’m pretty sure these are a couple of male […]

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Memory Monday, Week 29

Back in April 1974, not long before I turned 13 years old, I was very lucky to take my very first trip to Disneyland — not with my parents but with a school classmate and her family. The Joneses had five kids, all girls; I was friends with their eldest daughter, Debby. When the family headed to Anaheim they invited me […]

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On Slate Bar

On the north side of the American, between Folsom Prison and the town of Folsom, is a ledge of solid granite called Slate Bar. The ledge permitted only what was called “crevice mining”… and mining was not as extensive as on other bars. In 1850 James Smith built a store on the bar. He built a sawmill the following year… […]

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The little things

As much as I love capturing big scenic landscapes with my camera, I also can’t resist getting down on the ground for smaller subjects! An unexpected turtle: Another secret caterpillar spot: Snails on the sidewalk… …or in the state park. A sunbathing butterfly: And some rattlesnake grass (Briza maxima):

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To the mountaintop

I’m not sure it even has a name; the Big Guy and I just call it The Rock Mountain. People searched for gold on Mississippi Bar for over 100 years. Gold was first discovered there in 1849, and the last dredgers left the site in 1962. It’s been at least 25 years since I last climbed this huge pile of […]

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