Local View of Napa

Another Tuesday, and I am off to Napa Valley. I thought this would be a return trip to a familiar place. Wineries, galleries, and grapevines. Wrong. I was treated to an insider view of the beautiful landscape.

First stop Solano Lake Park.

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Lake Solano Park

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What do you see? I’m always seeing something. This time, a kind of rabbit. Or the shape of one of my grandson’s stuffed monsters

I looked up the Monticello Dam and found out that this spillway provides a safety valve during an El Niño. I guess I will need to make another visit since California is still in a drought. The concrete structure inspired this photograph.

Monticello Dam curves

Monticello Dam curves

Across from the dam a highway crew was shoring up a cliff to prevent a rock slide. I got the opportunity to photograph as the workers were scaling the sides since we had to wait for a lead car.

Cliffs found near the Monticello Dam

Cliffs found near the Monticello Dam

Highway crew scales cliff

Highway crew scales cliff

The Butter Cream Bakery located in Napa provided us with a real local dining experience. Yum!

I took this photo and processed it two different ways trying to get a feeling of the age. Dull versus extreme bright colors. Which do you like?

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Butter Cream Bakery in Napa

Butter Cream Bakery in Napa

Does this bring back a 1950’s feel?

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Or does the bright colors take you back?

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Mustard flowers grow along grape vines

Mustard flowers grow along grapevines

Mustard blossoms all around

Mustard blossoms all around

Napa Valley view westward

Napa Valley view westward

Alpaca graze in the Napa Valley

Alpaca graze in the Napa Valley

Napa Valley Grape Vines and Mustard

Napa Valley Grapevines and Mustard

 

Ditto pokes his head out to say hello

Ditto pokes his head out to say hello

More concrete forms. What is it?

More concrete forms. What is it?

Tree in winter

Tree in winter

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Wine Bottle Art Sculpture

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Main Street in Napa at the Golden Hour.

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City of Napa 

Hope this shows a different side to the Napa experience. Traveling with my camera exposes me to so much around me. (Pun intended!) Tomorrow I am off to explore with my great camera group. New name for group coming next time.

 

 

 

 

Taking a Day to Stay Home

I felt like cocooning today, and I succeeded. So what does my day look like when I am not pulled in all directions. I call this catching up on cleaning, laundry, and paying bills. Time to get this done.

My dog Libby follows me around, and I enjoy spending time with her. Happy to have me home, and all to herself she looked at me with a yearning. I ventured out into the backyard, got her to run crazy eights, but I couldn’t be persuaded to take a walk.

My Libby Love

My Libby Love

Maybe I wanted to see if I could actually have a day at home. uninterrupted. No phone calls, no messages, no emergencies. Liked the quiet time.

Afternoon, I settled down at my computer and downloaded and reviewed my photographs. Think I need to turn off the world more when I am out on my own. Note to self,  “Leave cell phone in the car when I am out exploring the world with my friends and camera.”

 

 

Indianapolis Family Reunion (Part 2)

My parents moved to FountainWood Lodge, an assisted living residence and one week later I hopped on a plane to visit my husband’s family now living in Indianapolis. I purchased five tickets a couple of months ago for my husband David,

David's funny expression!

David’s funny expression!

son Joshua,

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Too early. Need coffee!

grandson Lincoln,

Lincoln is ready to board the plane

Lincoln is ready to board the plane

and granddaughter Alyssa.

Alyssa await boarding the plane in Sacramento

Alyssa await boarding the plane in Sacramento

Early flight. First stop Las Vegas

Early flight. First stop Las Vegas

I’m the one taking the photographs.

Our destination

Our destination

My niece Sarah was coming from New York, her brother Gabriel arrived from Boulder, and brother-in-law Joe came from Florida.

Joe and Josh chill

Joe and Josh chill

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Joe with kids Gabriel and Sarah, and the fabulous hamburger

The rest of the family lives in Indianapolis.

Grandpa and Grandson enjoy time together

Grandpa Matthew and Grandson Ari enjoy time together

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Grandma Raena and Eitan together

Nelson stops by

Nelson stops by

Mercedes watches her son Ari

Mercedes watches her son Ari

Alyssa and Gabriella hit it off!

Alyssa and Gabriella hit it off!

Family keeps moving around. Can’t seem to keep track of where everyone lives. Thought Joe was living in Chicago, and it turns out he is in Florida. Our mini reunion in Las Vegas happened 4 years ago. Since then the family has grown by three. There is one more in the oven due in November.

Coming from the California drought, I love how green Indianapolis looks.

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Family together, good food, new introductions, memories, old photos to see again, old photos to see for the first time, and relaxing together. I enjoyed capturing the moments.

Joe prepares his special hamburgers

Joe prepares his special hamburgers

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Plenty of good food!

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More food off the grill

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Alyssa bakes cookies with her Aunt Raena

Alyssa bakes cookies with her Aunt Raena

Setting up for another great meal

Setting up for another great meal

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David relaxing

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Photograph approved by Raena

We visit the  family business, Accurate Manufactured Products Group.

Accurate Manufactured Products Group

Caught my reflection!

Matthew gave us a tour of his factory.

Raw materials used in production

Raw materials used in production

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Factory floor

Factory floor

Tour ended when we saw the custom styled mega RV.

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On Labor Day we visited Zionsville. Town settled in 1852 when the railroad extended this far west. It was named after a pioneer settler, William Zion. Located outside of Indianapolis. The main street now looks and feels like a village style downtown. Boutiques, art galleries, and locally owned restaurants line the brick street to encourage shopping and tourism. On this Labor Day not too much was open. But on Main Street we did enjoy ice cream at The Scoop.

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Zionsville Clock

Zionsville Clock

This historic church is now for sale.

This once historic church is now for sale.

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Couldn't resist those eyes.

Couldn’t resist those eyes. Missed my Libby.

I placed my digital files on my iPad, and sent along the files right away. Everybody connected to their devices.

Matthew watches Lincoln using a computer to visualize music.

Matthew watches
Lincoln using a computer to visualize music.

Gabriel keeping in touch

Gabriel keeping in touch

Time with devices

Time with devices

Good thing. Because when I got home I started part 2 of the down sizing process. More to come about “Stuff” in another post.

Time for goodbyes.

Short reunion is over.

Short reunion is over.

Until we meet again!

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Street Photography in Old Sacramento

Observing people and capturing photographs that tell a story provided the inspiration for my shoot in Old Sacramento.  When I moved to Sacramento in 1980 this area was being revitalized as a tourist destination. Each year my 4th grade class field trip to the California Railroad Museum and California History Museum enhanced the California History curriculum. I travel back in time with my grandchildren’s class and I share history with friends and family.  There is a good mix of historical and modern fun. A one room school house, Wells Fargo Bank, and a statue of a Pony Express rider Candy Haven, a place to get a free samples and grab some fun photos. Kite City moved to a larger space and now sells interesting toys as well, and I usually get parking validation after buying kitchen gadgets at a William Sonoma boutique. A store with only socks, a place with magic tricks, tee shirts, souvenirs, antiques, can keep me entertained. Horse drawn carriages and wooden sidewalks add to the ambiance. This is all set next to the Sacramento River where the Tower Bridge rises to let river traffic through. Another bridge pivots when traffic want to pass.

Street entertainers, families out for a stroll with their dogs, train conductors, and people dressed in period clothing makes this a perfect place to people watch. Today this is my photographic interest. On this sunny, but cool Sunday I walked around trying out my new Nikon 18-200mm lens.  I had the most fun speaking to entertainers, and people with their dogs. I spoted some people lost in activity, and I tried to imagine their story.

Checking out Engine 21

Checking out Engine 21

I've been working on the railroad

I’ve been working on the railroad

Helping Others

Helping Others

Eyes for you!

Eyes for you!

Take a bite.

Take a bite

Red Hat Society Lady

Red Hat Society Lady

Tie Straightening

Tie Straightening

Figuring it out

Figuring it out

Meet Trawler. His home is on a boat.

Meet Trawler. His home is on a boat.

Trawler and his proud owner

Trawler and his proud owner

Sheriff watching over Old Sac

Sheriff watching over Old Sac

Young entertainer and his dog take a break

Young entertainer and his dog take a break

Writing intensely

Writing intensely

Christopher's Musical Marionettes entertains crowds

Christopher’s Musical Marionettes entertains crowds

Ballerina captures girls imagination

Ballerina captures girl’s imagination

This dog is loved

This dog is loved