Tucked away in a shady corner of the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Temperate Asia section, I found this rock commemorating a visit by the Emperor and Empress of Japan in October 1975.
I don’t think I could enjoy living in a bustling place like San Francisco for very long, but I do love visiting the city because everywhere I turn I find things I never get to see at home in the suburbs. It’s such a different environment with so much to explore that even the more familiar scenes shine in their […]
I fell in love with these colorful flower heads as soon as I spotted them in the South Africa section of Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Garden. My first impression was of a giant pearl, wrapped in white yarn and guarded by a circle of erect red petals. I later learned that each large flower head contains numerous flowers, and the […]
Rocks of all shapes and sizes at Caples Lake near the Carson Pass, Highway 88.
I have one final entry for my rusty metal series! These images were shot in June and July 2021 at a variety of locations in Amador, El Dorado, and Calaveras counties. The Argonaut Mine, located within the small town of Jackson (Amador County) was in operation from 1850 until 1942. In 1922 the state’s “deadliest recorded mining disaster” occurred there, […]
Since I live only a short drive away from the site of Mormon Island 1 (normally located under the waters of Folsom Lake since 1955, except during drought years), it may be only natural that driving along Iron Mountain Road, near Pollock Pines in El Dorado County, always gets me wondering exactly why this route is known as the Mormon […]
Even though we’re in a drought this summer, I still found plenty of colorful flowers growing in the high mountains of El Dorado County in late July. I’ve used the Google Lens app to tentatively identify a few of them.
It’s very easy to miss Bridal Veil Falls as you travel along Highway 50 just east of Pollock Pines. I overshot the first time, so I made sure not to miss the spot on my way back home later in the afternoon. Happily, there’s plenty of parking space by the road. Of course, in late July the waterfall wasn’t nearly […]
It’s been more than a year since I last hiked in this area on the south bank of the American River in Folsom, and I had been meaning to come back long before this. Partly because it’s within walking distance of my house; and partly because I was very curious to locate a mysterious hole in the rocks I had […]