The SS Red Oak Victory Ship provides a rich venue for my photography during our afternoon in Richmond, California. Just a short drive from Point Richmond.
As soon as I found myself on board I was drawn to using parts of the ship to create frames in my compositions. One afternoon is just enough time to get an overview photographically. I plan to return here and explore more of this ship.
Reflection in a port hole
Faces follow me!
As seen from the SS Red Oak Victory
By the dock of the bay
So much to see on board. These are just a few of the rooms I explored. A bit of humor found in the hospital quarters. I tried to imagine what it would be like to cook for the entire crew. The size of the mixer gave me a clue.
Wandering up and down the hallway.
New cars unloaded from ships, and heading for auto dealers here in the USA. Cyclists stop by on the dock. A sailboat taking in the tranquility of the afternoon.
Last stop was the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Park. It didn’t look promising for a great sunset, so we headed home.
Anne and I take advantage of the late afternoon sun to show off some height!
A great day for history, fun, and good photography.
Want to get out of the heat? If you are in Sacramento and your looking at the 7 day forecast of triple digit temps, you may.
Remember, Sacramento has access to both the coastal area and the mountains. When I was in high school 5 decades ago I had a history teacher who came from California. She told us that it was a 2 hour ride west and she could be surfing. Going east 2 hours she could be skiing. Coming from Long Island, N.Y. this sounded great. Well, I never surfed, or skied, but the concept that the climate could be that different impressed me. Last week my granddaughter spent the week at camp in Lake Tahoe. On Sunday June 11th it was snowing. Roads were icy, and we white knuckled it back home to Sacramento. My husband picked her us on Friday, the weather in the mountains had warmed up to the 80s. Yesterday in Sacramento we reached a record high for the date of 106. Happy for my air conditioning.
In Richmond, California there is a Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park. This is a gem of a museum. Lots to see, and it is easy for photographers to capture. Easy to get to, easy parking, and if you have a National Park Pass admission is free.
National Historical Park
There is a cafe right next door, but this time we decided to venture into Port Richmond. A local pointed us in the direction of a sandwich shop. After a salad sampler the streets of Point Richmond beckoned.
What I like about my outings and photography is coming home and diving deeper into the history of the places I visit, or learning more about my natural surrounding. I came across this interesting website, and learned more about this statue of an Indian in the center of a little park.
Second statue to be erected here.
Street of Point Richmond
You Are Here!
Point Richmond Reflected
Theater with Red Door
1910 Fire Station
Current Point Richmond Fire Station
We left Point Richmond, and found another cool place to explore, The SS Red Oak Victory Ship. More about that in my next post.
I wrote this post in April. Saved the draft, and stuff got in the way. Now in mid June with a moment to spare, and the weather heating up in Sacramento I am ready to share. My next post will address some of what has been going on in my life. My picture taking continued, but my blog did not.
Plenty of discouraging things to read about in the newspaper. So on Tuesdays my CTT group heads out to discover natural beauty. Plenty of rain filled the rivers, streams and creeks. The landscape is covered with brightly colored flowers upon a green backdrop.
Checking the forecast is part of the planning stage. So far the rain has found us while we were out shooting, but it didn’t derail our plans. Once we planned an indoor activity, just to discover the sun. You just never know.
It is good for me to get out with camera in hand and away from fb, phone, and internet. Sometime I find it fun to explore new places, and sometimes my return visit takes place at a different time of year. Anyway I always look for new ways to see things.
This a return trip to Crystal Hermitage Garden. Located north of Nevada City, Ca. I visited the Ananda Retreat last year. Then the sun was shining and the tulips were open. My return trip found us shooting in the rain. This is such a peaceful place, and the beauty was not diminished by the weather.
Tulips in the Rain
One of many statues found on the grounds
Each space planned with care.
Stand up to the rain, and be colorful!
Thanks for stopping by!
Of the 12 cars we have owned as a couple this is the first car I purchased entirely on my own. In my last post I mentioned that I was contemplating getting a new car. I had narrowed it down to a few SUVs because I liked the elevated seating.
I test drove the Toyota Rav4 and Highlander. The seats on the Rav4 did not feel as comfortable, but I was not convinced that I needed a car to carry 7-8 people. Besides when I finally decided on the Highlander the negotiation did not go very well. I went over to Honda and checked out the new CRV, though it looked nice, I wasn’t impressed. Lexus was my next stop. Big difference in how I was treated. Liked the drive of the RX350, but I was put off by the way the front was designed. Either all cars will look like this or it would be a one time mistake. So that left me with Subaru. I liked my treatment at the dealership, and I liked the cars. I tried both the Subaru Forester and the Subaru Outback.
My test drive at Maita Subaru was very complete. Went for a spin on the freeway. Drove down some narrow streets with many speed bumps. Don White pointed out an albino peacock on the route. Turned around on this narrow street to see the turning radius of the car, and backed up into a parking space at the dealership. This last step was kind of scary since I was among all new cars.
With the poor first negotiating experience I decided to utilize some purchasing assistance. I got some help from both Costco and Consumer Reports. I was put in touch with specific sales people from specific dealers. My Subaru dealer worked with Costco, and so I picked out a Twilight Blue Subaru Outback.
Got my license plate and purchased a frame with bling!
Now I have a bunch of studying to do to be able to work all the “bells and whistles” found on my new car.