Aftermath

I’m still trying to find the words to express my feelings after taking a drive last Tuesday up to the west shore of Lake Almanor in Plumas County. Maybe I should have been more prepared for what I saw — the effects of the Dixie Fire, which burned nearly 1 million acres over five California counties from July through October […]

Read More →

Roadside surprise

Just a short drive north of Jug Handle State Reserve on Highway 1 we managed to stumble across an amazing little spot that felt like a local secret. Aside from a small gravel parking area and an open spot in the fence, there wasn’t much to indicate coastal access, and we weren’t sure what to expect when we stopped to […]

Read More →

California palm

Out of all the types of trees found growing along the shores of Lake Natoma, nothing sticks out from the rest like the California palms. There aren’t really too many palm trees near the lake, but once you start noticing them, they make an impression! I first spotted this one way back in early 2015 as it sprouted from the […]

Read More →

Memory Monday: Hicks Album, Week 17

Although our photographer certainly enjoyed outings to places like the Gold Country, the San Joaquin Delta, and Gladding McBean in Lincoln, it’s very clear she also spent plenty of time tending to her beautiful home garden. As a person who has never been bitten by the gardening bug (although every other sort of bug seems to zero in on me), […]

Read More →

Schweitzer Grove

As I sit at my computer this morning, watching and listening to the rain coming down in bucketfuls, punctuated by occasional thunder and lightning, I’m extremely relieved that I chose yesterday for my outing to Schweitzer Grove Nature Area instead of today! I had been scheduled for a visit with my Facebook photography group last Saturday, but since that was […]

Read More →

Tranquility base

In our visits to the Sonoma and Mendocino coastline, we sometimes feel a little frustrated to find that some of the most beautiful and tempting areas are inaccessible. The reasons can vary; a lot of coastal property is privately owned and jealously guarded. Or maybe the landscape doesn’t allow for safe access to the shore. We’ve also found that some […]

Read More →