Capay Valley Welcomes Photographers

Day started with a down pour, and so we postponed the start of our Tuesday photoshoot. Rained seemed to let up. Thought that if it stopped our photos would benefit from good saturation of color, and puddle reflections. Anne and I started off. We thought that the rain was right since we didn’t have Greg along.

Karen lives in Woodland, and she joins our Tuesday group. She is our guide to the Capay Valley. Our first stop is Esparto.

I can tell that there is a feeling of community in this town.

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Art students create mural for town
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Esparto shows its pride
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Tree bark feels like paper
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Road Trip Bar & Grill
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Veteran’s Memorial in Esparto behind Road Trip
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Gas Station Repurposed

The rain ended. Headed into the Capay Valley. This agricultural area located north of Woodland is known for the annual Almond Festival in February. This tradition started in 1915. Small and mid sized farms dot the road. Organic and farm fresh sign greet you.

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Newly planted green field surround farm house
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Fertile land meets the hills
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Giant  Grain Silos

Rain left and the sun tried to make an appearance. Bright green complemented the cloudy sky.

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Love the clouds
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The sun hits for a moment and the grass sparkles
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Cache Creek

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation governs the newly developed Cache Creek Casino Resort. Started in 1985 and called Cache Creek Indian Bingo. This is the largest employer in the area.

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Enjoyed the view from the Cache Creek Golf Course

 

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Tree in Winter

Heading home from this short outing. There is still more to explore in the Capay Valley. Things will look different in a couple of weeks when trees will be blossoming. I’ll be back.

Karen warned us that we would see something odd around the bend. Didn’t expect to see a  Helicopter Bus. This is the best photo I could get, but I needed to capture this. I wonder what is the story behind this vehicle. Looks like the propellor was placed on top of this bus. But why?

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What? Seeing is believing!
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My puddle picture
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Clouds and a Great Tree on this rural road
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The sun sets on an orchard

My photo journey for Tuesday is done. My friends and I are working on a new name for our group. To be decided next week. I had a great day!