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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White Hall, California

I only caught a glimpse of this spot as we passed by, heading east on Highway 50 — but I knew immediately that I had to go back to try to capture it with my camera. A bend in the South Fork of the American River, a small bridge, and a cluster of log cabins in the shade of towering […]

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Up the hill

We try to drive up to the mountains at least once a year in the summertime; it’s a great way to get out of the house and away from the valley heat, if only for a few hours. I don’t believe we made one of these day trips last year, but a couple of days ago we headed “up the […]

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Memory Monday, Week 152

September 1985 — Last week I shared some images of Leavenworth, Washington, shot by my mom in the autumn of 1985; today I’m finishing up this batch of slides with views of Highway 2, Stevens Pass, and the fall colors in the Cascade mountains of Central Washington. (I also include one Leavenworth shot that slipped by me last week.)

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Memory Monday, Week 151

I’ve previously shared photos of the area around Leavenworth, Washington, where my mom spent part of her childhood. I’ve been able to visit a few times, and my parents also returned a few times on their own. My images this week (except for the photo above) were all shot during a trip the two of them took in September 1985.

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Memory Monday, Week 137

Some of my very favorite old family slides are the ones dating from the 1950s and 1960s; even if I don’t have very much information about where they were shot, it’s great to see vintage cars and places that may have completely changed over the decades since the photos were taken. And of course it’s wonderful to see my parents […]

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