Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #140 Change of Scenery

I have accepted Beth’s (Wandering Dawgs)challenge to get out and look for a change of scenery. It is officially Spring, and that means the natural world around me is changing. This is especially true here in the Sacramento area.

Almond Trees blossom in the Capay Valley orchards.
Almond trees blossom anywhere from February to March
Camelia showing off its beautiful flower
We have some late ripening oranges ready to pick from our tree.

This year instead of planting tomatoes, squash, and peppers my husband is preparing to plant a lemon tree (very pretty), and a mandarin tangerine.

Mustard blossoms all around
My Subí Blue ready to search out a change in scenery!

Photographing the Sutter Buttes

Another week and Camera Totin’ Tuesdays is off to the Sutter Buttes. Starting in Woodland I am impressed with the water-wise landscape in my friend Karen’s front yard.

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Low water and low maintenance landscape. In a couple of weeks Poppies will bloom.

Our first stop was Mary’s Chapel. Created in the 1850’s the cemetery is about 2 miles north of Yolo in Woodland.  The chapel was build in 1857. It is called Mary’s Chapel because after a fire destroyed the church, Mary Cross Pockman asked the community to rebuild.This local cemetery is still used by the community.

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Mary’s Chapel

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Mary’s Crapper built May 1912

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Cemetery at the Mary’s  Chapel

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Mustard field blooms at the foot of the Buttes

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Bees are buzzing

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Yellow Mustard all around

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Orchard blossoms create look of snow

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Orchard with pink blossoms

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Pink Blossoms Frame the Buttes in the background

Looking at these hills I see a sleeping person.

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The Sutter Buttes are green after the drought.

This cow was a distance away, but I caught her turning her head and looking my way. Maybe she likes my “Julia” voice.

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Cows enjoying the green fields on the Sutter Buttes

Blurry background achieved with small depth of field.

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Wildflower stands out.

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Our travel around the Buttes passed this farm with some unusual animals.

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What is this llama thinking?

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Goat was looking for a hand-out.

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Leisurely ride around the Buttes

We arrived at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, and mosquitoes greeted us in heavy swarms. All these photographs were taken exclusively from the automobile with windows closed.

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Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

I have been working with Adobe Lightroom cc for the past 3 months and after watching more tutorials I am developing my images in a new way. Tweaking highlights, shadows, white and black tones, saturation and luminance.

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Seascape at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

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Reflection at Gray Lodge Wildlife Center

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Sunset at the Sutter Buttes

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Silos in the Sunset

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Farmhouse on the Hill

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Sunset through the orchard

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Sun goes down

Another great day enjoying my surroundings in Northern California and sharing it with friends.