New York, New York

It’s hard not to fall in love with the gorgeous blue-sky spring weather we’ve had for the last couple of days — but I’m also sorry to say goodbye to those cool, grey days, or the ones with ever-changing gray and white cloud formations keeping the sky interesting and unpredictable. It was on such a gray, overcast mornings that I […]

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Farmhouse revisited

I’ve visited Anderson Marsh State Historic Park a few times now, usually during our springtime visits to Clear Lake. The park is located just off Highway 53 near the city of Clearlake. The old farmhouse was once part of a working ranch, and during normal times is often the scene of historic re-enactments and other events. Even though it was […]

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Plastic, rubber, and rust

It can be pretty entertaining to find odd little things lying lost or discarded while hiking around the lakebed at Folsom. It may be some object that’s fairly easy to identify — like the various pairs of sunglasses lost overboard by summertime boaters; and then there are the mysterious pieces, old and new. Are they of historical interest or just […]

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Remember December

I rather like the photo feature on my phone that reminds me of pictures I took in previous years on the same date. Sometimes they are images I scarcely remember, and it takes me a few minutes to remember where I was and why I took them. Clearly, when you shoot a lot of photos only the really special ones […]

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Crown of Thorns revisited

A slightly different version of this post was originally published on June 10, 2018. The Crown of Thorns is a real eye-catcher, a hardy succulent that grows well both in the wild and as a favorite garden hybrid. I’m honestly not sure what appeals to me more about this plant — the vivid blooms or the aggressive spines jutting from […]

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Bench seat

I was fooling around with an add-on macro lens for my phone; and the rusted metal coils of this old car seat (from a 1969 Pontiac Firebird) drew my attention. A few days later the same old seat looked much better after a bit of cleaning up and some black paint.

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