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.

Photography and the Frame of Mind

Another example of how photography reflects my state of mind. A couple of weeks ago  I had a lot going on, and I set time aside to get out and shoot.  This is a good thing. The problem arose when I returned home and reviewed my images.

My Camera Totin’ Tuesday group planned an indoor shoot because the temperature was rising. So off to the California  State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento we headed.


First mirror we encounter. Time for a group photo!

Cool in more ways than one, but challenging for photography. The scene is dark.


Many RR enthusiasts volunteer at the museum

The locamotives are black, and the lighting is diverse. Some areas have fluorescent light, some areas tungsten. There are cool use of mirrors throughout the museum.


Elegantly appointed interior, for some.

When I got home and reviewed the images, I was disappointed in my work. So I  set it aside. Well I may have pouted also. Remember, I said that much has been on my mind lately.

My grandson lives with us since he was 17. When he moved out of his mother’s house I made sure that he would graduate, and with this sense of accomplishment I hoped he would pick up some habits to help transition into the adult world. He did graduate so we succeeded in the first part. He succeeded in getting a job as a courtesy clerk at a supermarket. No problems there. This is part-time, and we  provide transportation and his on-time performance has our help. At this time I feel like our safety net is not helping this transition. There doesn’t seem to be an end game in place.

When he is home I hardly know that he is here. He basically lives in his room, and only comes out the grab something to eat. He is addicted to online gaming, and media. Luckily, I don’t share his bathroom, but my cats do. I don’t venture into his room unless I want to retrieve some camera equipment. The site is not pretty. I read in the Sacramento Bee that kids are remaining in their parent’s home for longer period so I know that I am not alone with this troubling issue.

Ok, he is a boy, he is 19 and our values differ. But, and this a big but, the level of cooperation is zero. Attitude could not be more disrespectful, especially to his grandfather. And that is what needs to change. Talking hasn’t worked. I am almost convinced that by living here he will not grow up. This weighs heavy on both myself and my husband. There is a lot of stress in the house. I would like a bit of freedom to plan out-of-town adventures with my husband. Luckily, I get out to capture images with my friends.

Back to the Railroad Museum. Last night I looked at my files, key worded in Lightroom, and made some adjustments. Usually, I find that if I am happy with a couple of shots then I call the shoot a success.  Found myself selecting many photos as favorites for my collection set! Yes. Here are some results from my Sacramento Railroad Museum challenge. Up the ISO and take care of noise in Lightroom.  WB is adjusted in Lightroom.  Use of Flash is sometimes difficult due to size of subject, and color of subject. So sometimes I focused on smaller subject and details.


I like the way the pattern seems to continue on and on.


I managed to take this one without a Flash.

For the next photo, I used a flash and focused on the eyes. For more information about Rosie the Riveter, click on the link beneath the photo.

This image was shot without a flash since it was too far for flash to make a difference.


Rosie the Riveter


You can feel the motion of the train in some of the cars.


This train had quite a kitchen!

A shout out to my New York roots.


Quite the dining car! No paper plates and plastic sporks here.


The old contrasting the future


The small contrasting the large


Will this be the look of the future? Not very elegant, in my opinion.


A face-off


I see a face smiling at me


I always look for textures for future photo edits using my new Topaz Texture Effects plug-in

Mirrors and more mirrors lead to the next few images. No flash here.


Lines and triangles reflected

Changing ISO creates another capture. Used Lightroom for noise suppression in photo.


Got caught up with all the possible looks.


Crazy mirror photo continues


Final mirror image at the Railroad Museum

All photography done without benefit of a tripod. Talking to a docent I found out that there is an event set up just for photography called, “Trains and Tripods”. I will be on the lookout for this event when it comes around again.

Note to self. Review photos again after some time has past. And not after a go round with a family member.


Effie Yeaw

This nature center always produces different images each time I go. In April I met my Camera Totin’ Tuesday group for a look at nature in the late spring.


This eensy weensy Spider met me at the pond


Don’t know what flower will appear.


Caterpillars two-by-two


Jackrabbits two-by-two peeking


Another one scampers away


A field of wildflowers


Wild Turkey strutting


Not much help in case there is a fire. No sign of hydrant nearby.


Finally located the fire hydrant.


Looking over Effie Yeaw to keep nature safe


Butterfly stops for a drink


Hawk peers out from nest

I’m glad I live close to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Almost time to go again. This time I will get a head start with the heat, and go for a sunrise shoot.

Life at the Sacramento Historic Cemetery

The Sacramento Historic Cemetery is a great place to visit throughout the year. The changing foliage adds to the visitors experience.

Recently a controversy arose regarding the “historic” title of these grounds. It seems that some want to remove anything that was not in the original design of the cemetery.  Specifically, the City Counsel wants to remove the Historic Rose Garden. I spoke to one person and I was informed that plans to remove roses and trellises was underway. She explained that this would be disappointing to many visitors who travel here to see historic roses. I looked around and imagined the surroundings without the flowers.


The first blooms of the season done, and to encourage new ones they were dead-heading the bushes. The morning that my Camera Totin’ Tuesday group arrived I saw many volunteers busy pruning the roses.


Volunteers are given instruction on how to best prune the roses.


This is such a special place. History, nature and architecture combine. Today, nature seemed to be my focus.



Using my Macro Lens to get close-up


Iceland Poppies


I like how the blue flower plays off the red and yellow blurs


Capturing some nectar


Petals spread out


Carpenter Bee stopping for a drink


Pretty, but I’m not sure what this purple flower is called. Do you?


Wheel Barrows in a Row


Daylily in such a bright color


Lots of bees out today


An Iris in soft purple


So many textures



Gazanias spread out


Hornet visits pink flower. Not familiar with this one. Anyone?


This rose bud is one of my favorite colors.

This place is special and the gravestones are surrounded by beauty. I hope you enjoyed my little tour.