Quaking aspens at Caples Lake, 7800 feet (2377 meters) elevation, near Kirkwood, California. I always find these trees so beautiful and photogenic, even when they are far past their prime!
It’s been more than a year since I last hiked in this area on the south bank of the American River in Folsom, and I had been meaning to come back long before this. Partly because it’s within walking distance of my house; and partly because I was very curious to locate a mysterious hole in the rocks I had […]
A couple of weeks ago I featured an episode focusing on the city of Richmond, which sits on the eastern shore of the San Francisco/San Pablo Bay. This episode of Golden Parks examines a portion of the western shore, just across the bay in San Rafael. Until seeing this segment, I had never heard of China Camp State Park and […]
I was surprised to spot this ground squirrel perched high above me on the rocks, mostly because his position left him very vulnerable to any hungry bird of prey who might come along. But the amazing view must have been well worth the risk — at least to judge from his body language and the parade of expressions marching across […]
This week, I have a collection of images from the summer of 1972. One or two of the places look familiar to me, but I’m not sure of the locations; and sadly, I can’t identify any of the people (although maybe someone in my family will remember). I do recall the yellow Camaro and the red Volkswagen “squareback” as part […]
I only caught a glimpse of this spot as we passed by, heading east on Highway 50 — but I knew immediately that I had to go back to try to capture it with my camera. A bend in the South Fork of the American River, a small bridge, and a cluster of log cabins in the shade of towering […]
We try to drive up to the mountains at least once a year in the summertime; it’s a great way to get out of the house and away from the valley heat, if only for a few hours. I don’t believe we made one of these day trips last year, but a couple of days ago we headed “up the […]
This week I’m taking a break from the Golden Parks to take a look at another series that Huell produced: California Communities. In this episode he visits Ford Point in Richmond, and the former Ford factory in particular. This amazing and enormous building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. Once abandoned and on the […]