Grass Valley Street Scenes

I do not photograph a lot of architecture, but when in Grass Valley the subject presents itself. At first I wanted to capture the building itself. Flag flying, columns, an official seal. But without specialized lenses the buildings are leaning in all kinds of directions. I don’t know what is happening with the building on the right!


Nevada County Bank

The only information I could find about this building is that in 2015 this building was up for sale. The architecture’s classic style really shows through in this second photo.


I love the dome!

This Grass Valley Public Library has a classic look. At first I took a photograph eliminating parked cars, but with the cars the library feels used. After leaving Rough and Ready I didn’t want a ghost town feel for this library.


Grass Valley Public Library

This Art Deco theatre continues to serve as a theatre since 1940. Not sure which photo does it justice. Cars or traffic? In this case I may have opted for no traffic. What do you think?


This is another view of the theatre. Now imagine the scene with cars from the 1940’s?


Couldn’t resist taking a picture of the very mellow dog.


Bernese Mountain Dog


Some eye candy I found in a little shop on Mill Street


Cute onesie in a shop window. Note the CAPITAL letters!


A perfect bench fit for some ice cream

Less than 5 minutes away is the North Star Mining Museum. Visiting at the end of the day does not do this museum justice. This is a small museum packed with history about gold mining. I taught 4th grade for many years and in the spring the main focus was the California Gold Rush. I’m sorry that I did not know about this place. The friendly volunteers are very knowledgeable. And there is so much to take in that I know I will be back, and stop here earlier in the day.

Wolf Creek runs along the museum, and I took some time to photograph the running water with a slow shutter speed.  I like the way the sun plays upon the water, creating colors. I see a face peeking out on the right. Do you?


Wolf Creek


Wonder about this stone sculpture in Wolf Creek. Looks like a whale on top to me.

This is just a tiny sample of this museum. This assay office and its importance to gold mining was explained in detail.


Assay Office

30 foot Pelton Wheel is an original working machine. This museum was built around this wheel. It is amazing to see in person. All types of mining equipment is found at the museum, along with the effect of mining on the environment, economy and the people of the region.


30 foot Pelton Wheel



Humble beginnings.


Just liked the patterns

I will be back to see more of this little North Star Mining Museum. Yes siree!!!

May be Rough, but certainly not Ready

Wanting to go explore some place new, my friend and I headed to the Gold Country.1608_06_RoughReady_3690

Arriving at 9:00 a.m. I see many photo opportunities to get my camera clicking. This is represents a mining town in 1850. This town left the union in 1850 for a short time, and rejoined so that 4th of July celebrations could continue.


Mining scene complete with a prisoner in the jail


House with many old signs. Not sure what its purpose is now. Antiques?


Place to go for what ails you


Some humor from the creators


Pay attention to the toll charges.


Toll Road Marker


Toll Gate

Historic markers and gold mining scenes contrasts with all the No Trespassing and No Parking signs. I wonder what is going on.



Three “No Parking” signs in one parking lot



Community Events in Rough and Ready


Modern Fire House framed from the Post Office

Visiting on Saturday it was strange to see all the “No Trespassing” and “No Parking” signs and no people in town. The country store was closed up, and for lease.


Rough and Ready Country Store

The town appeared to be a ghost town in the making.


Good bye Rough and Ready

No reason to hang around so we head to Grass Valley in search of some lunch. Next post from Grass Valley.

It’s Good To Be a Local Tourist!

Announcing the name of my photography group, Camera Totin’ Tuesdays. Spent much of the day with my favorite people laughing over the many names, and acronyms possible. Settled on this one. Going out every Tuesday with this group opens up my horizons. For the past 35 years I lived in Sacramento.  Exploring the surrounding areas demonstrates the richness of the area photographically. My friend Karen shares local history, and always prefaces her remarks with, “You must have been here already.” Surprisingly, no. I must have been very busy with work and kids, or just not curious enough to get in the car for a ride around Northern California by myself. Remedy, get a camera and surround yourself with good friends.

This particular Tuesday we headed to Auburn. My friends wanted to try their hand at smoothing out rapids as the river flows over rocks. They brought along ND filters to achieve this affect. Destination: Lake Clementine. The lake did not impress, but in all honesty we got there late and didn’t complete the hike. I used a circular polarizer (since I didn’t have a ND filter) for some of the shots and slowed down my shutter speed to try and achieve smooth, flowing water.


North Fork of the American River


Smooth water rocky shoreline


Graffiti along the river


Actually for this goal we should have started earlier to avoid the bright sunshine. The Foresthill Bridge, the tallest bridge in California, is amazing. It is the 5th highest bridge in the United States.


Foresthill Bridge


Foresthill Bridge

In 1898 the classic design of the  Auburn Court House  replaced the prior building destroyed by fire. I usually have trouble finding the right angle to photograph buildings.


Auburn County Courthouse


Replica of the Auburn Courthouse reflected


Exhibit at the Placer County Museum


Placer County Museum


Auburn Hook and Ladder No. 2 since 1852


Advertisement found on a brick wall in Auburn

I processed this photograph using Topaz Texture Effects. It fits historic Auburn, don’t you think?


Advertisement on a brick wall in Auburn.



Interesting door


Love all the textures


Just passing through Auburn

Couldn’t resist taking a picture of this unusual find. In my neighborhood I saw a similar vehicle just before “Burning Man”. Wonder what this one is used for.


Strange vehicle spotted while looking for a sunset.

We went searching for a place to watch and photograph the sunset. Passed this private ranch. My friend Anne told Karen and me to ring the bell and ask permission to park in the driveway. Sure thing. The owner and his two Portuguese Water Dogs greeted us and allowed us to park just in time.


Sunset with lens flare


Found this beautiful site to catch a sunset


Auburn Sunset

Another great day out with my friends and my Nikon D7100.


Loss of a friend. Message – Be open to new experiences

Today I got the telephone call I was expecting. My friend Greg now has a new bird’s eye view of the world. Photography brought us together, and this past year I enjoyed his company on many of our Tuesdays with Seniors photography outings. I met Anne and Greg at the same time, and we formed a team on many Tuesdays.

Our day was never very predictable, and it was much more than just finding a spot to take pictures. We met at 9:00 a.m. loaded with camera gear, and much enthusiasm.  Greg never was one to take a direct, fast route.


Michigan Bar Road. Lovely colors. Using my tripod and some post processing tips from Greg.


Cows looking for some shade. Greg sings to them.


Off the beaten path


He liked looking for alleys, narrow lanes, and forgotten places. Sometimes we ventured back to check out the scene again and again. Each time he marvelled at discovering something new.


Quiet spot in Folsom.


Another new place to explore.


Locke, Ca. a Greg favorite.


Captured at the Highland Games in Woodland. Not a selfie.

Greg volunteered at the California Auto Museum, and arranged for Sac Photographers to spend a morning there.


Journeying along with Friends

Greg liked talking to people, and occasionally Anne and I would have to interrupt him. He often tried to embarress me, which my husband says wouldn’t be too hard.


Got to talking with a local Knight’s Landing resident and pooch.


Love the dog’s expression


Never know what you will find when you went out on Tuesday.


This time the local resident captured Greg’s attention in Plymouth, Ca.


Knight’s Landing


Greg enjoyed showing me this double outhouse. Luxurious accommodations.


Greg and Anne finding something of interest in Jackson, Ca.

Greg explained HDR to me. It helped me capture this image.


Majestic hotel lobby of the National Hotel

After shooting all morning, or just driving around we would stop for lunch. Sometimes we ate at a Chinese, or Mexican, or BBQ restaurant. Then there was this one time we went looking for a pizza place and found all restaurants in the town  closed. (Remember, we liked the quiet of shooting on a Tuesday.) So we found a country store, and made our purchases. Arriving at a restaurant I never knew what wisecracks Greg would come up with. In the afternoon we stopped and Greg would fortify himself with a chocolate bar, soda, and jerky.


Ate here. I think we can still return.


Worth a trip to Jackson


Carlos, the owner of Fat Freddy’s in Jackson Ca. In a past visit Greg learned all about how this eatery got its name, and more.


River Walk farmer’s market


We stayed close to home and enjoyed the farmer’s market on the River Walk in November.

Greg’s knowledge of the area extended beyond driving logistics to historical information. I learned a lot. Our discussions ranged from personal stories, to politics, to solving the world’s problems. Bernie just lost a vote. In the end the day ended with each having some new thoughts, many images, and a feeling of camaraderie.


A soft spot for strays.

I told Greg that my first car was a Ford Maverick. He said I needed to take a picture of this car.


Greg identified this car as a Ford Maverick. Not.


Having fun at the Highland Games.


I will keep looking for another road to follow. 

I thank you for opening my eyes to new experiences. Thanks Greg.