For this week’s Lens-Artists Photography Challenge, let’s get wild! Dianne is talking about Mother Nature untouched and untrammelled, allowed to get on with her work without human help or hindrance.
Looking through my images I am more inclined to capture images with human interactions. My travels haven’t taken me far from home.
I did manage to take a trip to the Island of Kauai with some of my photo friends.
Sorry, this wild blog may seem a bit scattered. My very special doodle, Charlie is in the hospital. His liver is not working to its best. The doctors are trying to figure this out. HIs numbers are quite unexpected for a such a young dog. Think good thoughts that Charlie will be home with me soon. We have never been apart.
Two hours from Sacramento is Hope Valley. For this Tuesday my friend Anne and I head out to find some Autumn color. My Dad passed away 5 weeks ago, and it is time to look outward.
Traveling on Route 50 we stop in Strawberry. This unincorporated town was a stop for the Pony Express in the 1850’s. Strawberry Lodge was my introduction to snow in California. When my kids were little we came here to go sledding.
Grab a wheel
Rust and Peeling Paint Picture
We stop for lunch at Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley. Great lunch. Cabins, pond, fire pit, rustic charm, and topiary make for fun picture exploring. This is just how I like to spend time out photographing with my friend.
Reflections of Autumn
Imagine brisk air and a cozy fire
Backlit Aspen Leaves
Shadow and Shallow Depth of Field
Rain fell in the Sacramento Valley during the weekend leaving a dusting of snow along the Carson Pass at an elevation of 7800 feet.
Many Sacramento photographers recently posted a cabin in the woods.
Goodbye Hope Valley. Glad to spend time wandering around just looking for beauty in nature.
Sacramento spring appeared quickly, and everything bloomed at once. Didn’t make it up to Daffodil Hill this year. Blooms started early, rain cancelled plans, and then the ranch closed early. Instead Plymouth and Sutter Creek provided the venue for our photo adventure.
Stopped at an Amador County Winery and enjoyed the peaceful scene of a weekday morning.
Headed to the Amador Flower Farm in Plymouth with the idea to use my Macro 60 mm 2.8 lens.
The Amador Flower Farm displays playful garden art.
Remember the useful “Red Wagon”. Here are some waiting to be put to use at the Amador Flower Farm.
Time for lunch and Ann and I headed to Sutter Creek. On Main Street we found a Mexican Restaurant, Pepita’s. The food was delicious, and the service was perfect.
This area was central to the California Gold Rush. Some of the buildings in Sutter Creek try to maintain an old-time look , but traffic and new businesses blend a revitalized spirit.
This dog sculpture has been here for a while. I think that there is a new sign advising visitors to be mindful of their manners!
Took a walk a couple of blocks off Main Street and came across these abandoned houses.
Then we returned to Sacramento about an hour away. A nice way to spend the day!