The Adventure Continues… Columbia Diggins

Columbia State Historic Park has been on my must-see list for awhile now. In this 2005 episode of California’s Golden Parks, Huell gets the full Living History experience at the annual Columbia Diggins event. Once the second largest city in California, Columbia is a wonderfully preserved gold rush-era town, and it’s where Huell attends the annual Columbia Diggins celebration. (Click […]

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Sense of touch

The theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Sense of Touching: This week you can post anything that stimulates or delights your sense of touch.  It can be thorns on a rose, a soft baby’s face or tree bark.   Be creative and have fun.  Most of all I hope you have fun.

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Sweetwater shelter

I’d been hiking north for more than an hour, and the day was getting pretty warm. In fact, the sun was high overhead, and my stomach was telling me it was time to take a break and eat my sandwich and drink some cool water. The trouble was, I was walking along the lakeshore below the tree level. There was […]

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Change of focus

I like the image above because, as well as offering a scenic look at Folsom Lake near Salmon Falls, it shows the contrast between trees at the beginning of their life, in their prime, and at the very end. Maybe it would have been a better shot if it showed all of the tree in the foreground; and of course […]

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Kung Fu alley, Chinatown

While exploring San Francisco’s Chinatown last August, I wandered into Ross Avenue vaguely thinking I might stop by the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory for a  tour and a free sample. I probably should have known better; it was a weekend at the height of summer, and plenty of other people had the same idea. I found a long line […]

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Friday video: Baroque lute and Violins of the World

Stringed instruments have a long and complex history dating back to ancient times and all around the world. It’s fascinating to see how variations on a basic shape and a wide variety of materials can produce so many different kinds of wonderful sounds. In my first video this week, Daniel Estrem uses the baroque lute to produce an absolutely beautiful rendition of one of my favorite Beatles songs, While My Guitar Gently Weeps. And a change of pace — if Mathias Duplessy’s music doesn’t get you moving, nothing will! I love how much these guys are enjoying themselves.

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