View from the top

If I have a free day in the spring, it’s hard for me to resist going out to Folsom Lake — and this is one of my favorite spots this time of year. Yes, I sometimes run into a few people, many of them on mountain bikes. But that’s okay, we can co-exist! And really, the views up here are […]

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Memory Monday: Hicks Album, Week 9

The Gladding McBean company has a long and fascinating history. Over many decades of the factory’s existence, their artists have created miles of clay sewer pipe, tons of decorative tableware, and countless pieces of architectural ornamentation in terra cotta. To walk through the factory even today is to discover bits and pieces of history lying about in every room.

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Memory Monday: Hicks Album, Week 7

For 24 years, the juried international ceramics art show known as Feats of Clay arrived every March inside the Gladding McBean terra cotta factory in Lincoln, California. Things changed in 2012, however; the event disappeared, and when it returned in 2013, it had a new organizer, a new location, and a new name: America’s ClayFest. For 2022, the month-long art […]

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Fire works

I was able to get extremely close to the fire apparatus in the Angels Camp Museum both last summer and in September 2018; by contrast, on my visit to Auburn’s historic red-and-white-striped firehouse, I found everything locked up tight. I shot my photos of the horseless carriage through the windows. Finally, a wire screen protected the entrance to the old […]

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Lake is calling

My plans to head back out to Folsom Lake during our somewhat warmer weather keep getting postponed for one reason or another. Last week the Big Guy was talking about returning to Sterling Pointe — but we both decided we weren’t quite ready to tackle that big climb back up to the parking lot and needed to get into better […]

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