Orangevale Avenue Bridge

This historic bridge is within walking distance of my house.  It’s not exactly famous, nor is it part of a major thoroughfare. It was built over Gold Creek in 1915, with a length of 160 feet, and was apparently designed to last for roughly 50 years.  These photos, unless otherwise noted, were shot in January 2005, when the bridge was […]

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He was a Fishing Dog

While going through some old photos looking for images from Calaveras Big Trees State Park, I discovered this shot of Buster, out on Folsom Lake in the old Champion bass boat with the Big Guy.  That alert focus on the largemouth bass tells you everything you need to know about Buster, and it comforts me to remember he truly had a […]

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Musician at large

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.

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