Memory Monday: Scenes from the mountaintop

These scenic images from the flea market photo albums may depict either Korea or the central part of California — although I’m tending towards California because of the rolling hills and thick layer of valley fog. I was happily surprised to find a descriptive note written on the back of one print (see captioned photo below). That encouraged me to […]

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Throwback Thursday (or not)

I’m not sure I need another gimmicky sounding series, so maybe I shouldn’t refer to this as “Throwback Thursday.” Still, in looking through my many years’ worth of pictures stored on Google, I realized there are a lot of fairly decent images I’ve not shared here before, or else I blogged them so long ago they’re not in my WordPress library. So I figured maybe this could be a good place to give those photos another airing.  I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I am. A few of the places in these photos may look familiar, as they are spots I’ve returned to repeatedly over the years. Caples Lake is a perfect example. My first blog post featuring images from my hikes along the shore of this high mountain lake was in June 2017; but I believe the first time the Big Guy took me there was in May 2004. I was using my beloved 5.0 megapixel Nikon Coolpix E5700, my first non- point-and-shoot camera, and while I still had much to learn about taking quality pictures (and still do!) I think these shots give a pretty good idea of the lake’s beautiful surroundings. I’ve tried several times over the years to shoot this waterfall along the trail, and I’m never fully satisfied with my results. In the spring of 2004, sunlight reflected off the snow complicated things for me.    

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Outside the lines

I keep on checking the Caldor fire map to see which areas along Highway 50 in El Dorado County may have burned overnight; the fire zone includes both sides of the 50 Corridor, closed for the past week, stretching between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe. As of this morning, the locations in my photos remain outside the dotted line showing […]

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In the fire zone

As I’ve watched the news about the Caldor fire in the El Dorado Forest, I can’t help thinking about our June daytrip up Highway 50 to Cody Lake. That area, which also contains a Scout camp, seems to be in the path of the flames. The Big Guy had been planning to look for deer around there during the archery season. Of course, the spoiling of our plans is nothing at all compared to the destruction of the forest and the impact it has on wild creatures. I’m not sure how much this area will be impacted, but I keep reminding myself that if it does burn, nature will restore the habitat, in time.

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