A Snail’s-Eye View, Part 1

Two of my very favorite books growing up, and even to this day, have been Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Alice was always shrinking and growing and being forced to examine her world in completely new ways. I liked to play at being Alice:  peering toward the edges of mirrors and pretending that backward […]

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Clouds

No matter how beautiful a clear blue sunny sky may be, it’s nowhere near as inspiring as a sky filled with clouds. Whenever I see gorgeous cloud formations like these, it reminds me of something a co-worker once shared with me. Back in the days before digital cameras, her husband took their 12- or 13-year old son on a plane trip from California to Atlanta, Georgia, to see a special car show there.  The boy was intensely excited about the trip and the chance to see some rare and expensive cars; and once they arrived back home from their trip, he was impatient to send in his film for developing and get back all the pictures he’d taken. As soon as he had the stack of photos in hand he very proudly began to show them off to his mother.  But she was a little confused — there were one or two pictures of cars, but most of the photos were ones he’d taken on the airplane.  Out the window.  Of the clouds. I can’t really say that I blame him!

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Under the bridge

There’s a small creek that crosses Negro Bar, emptying into what is now Lake Natoma — and was once a portion of the American River.  Nowadays the creek is mostly hidden amongst the trees and undergrowth, but it is visible in a few spots. One of these spots is a lot more difficult to find these days.  Prior to construction of the new Natoma Crossing bridge, which opened in 2000, this spot consisted of a long wooden staircase leading down to what looked like a stone wall across the creek.  The water flowed through the barrier, and there was a wooden handrail held in place by metal poles.  It was one of my favorite spots at Negro Bar. Summer 1990: Sadly, this forgotten little bridge was mostly destroyed during the building of the Natoma Crossing.  Parts of it still remain intact, but it’s no longer a bridge.  If you look closely, you can still see fragments of what it used to be. Summer 1990:  

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A man-made object

This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for last week. I’m not entering my post in the challenge because I couldn’t find a way to make the photo interesting! But I wanted to share the story behind the object I chose. When I take my walks down to the lake in the mornings – sometimes very early, before […]

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