My entry for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week.
Here in Northern California, February 2020 was worryingly rain free; things were beginning to look a little dry for awhile. Happily, a series of March storms has given second life to the spring vegetation. Small creeks are flowing, wildflowers are bursting out, and the nectar-eating insects have more than enough to keep them busy. In the spring of 2016, Death […]
I’m taking a break this week from the slides; instead, I’m looking back at a few old prints from the 1970s that were among some of the first photographs I ever shot. I’m so glad now that I still have these, since they depict the area around the house where I grew up and spent so many hours playing. The […]
I got out of the house this afternoon for a walk around the neighborhood with the Big Guy. A lot of other people clearly had the same idea since we had a perfectly sunny spring day. It seems to me that the California poppies are much larger than usual this year! Has anyone else noticed this?
William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon is one of the more beautiful and unique spots in our state — and while the mansion is certainly impressive, as Huell says in this 2009 episode of California’s Gold, there is much more to the place than just the buildings. The magnificent gardens were so carefully planned to complement the surrounding countryside, and they […]
i had pulled over to the side of the road to check out a historical landmark along Highway 16 in Colusa County. it wasn’t until after I’d gotten back into my rental car and was getting ready to pull back into traffic that i noticed this small but lovingly tended shrine across the street. If I had been more alert, […]
Last Tuesday afternoon I went with the Big Guy out to Pensinsula Campground, on Folsom Lake. It’s about an hours’ drive from where we live, traveling northeast along scenic Salmon Falls Road into Pilot Hill, and then, turning onto Rattlesnake Bar Road, heading southwest again for several miles. We pretty much had the place to ourselves, not least because the […]
June 1978 — If there are two experiences from my 1978 Canadian road trip that I wish I could re-live today, they would have to be those from this week’s post. Even though I was very much present for both, I can’t honestly say I fully appreciated how very special they were at the time. I know I’ve said this […]
In my brief visit to Rodman Slough County Park, I found only one fairly short trail, but it was a beautiful hike — and I had it all to myself. I started near the shore and climbed a series of switchbacks up to a ridge, which then took me down through the trees and back to the parking lot. I […]