Yolo County opens its farms up to local artists monthly. The last time I took advantage of this event was in July of 2019. Part of the fun of photography is seeing new places, and part is sharing the experience. I finally felt like I could share the experience with one friend, and so we headed out. This was the last part of June, and I was feeling like pushing aside CoVid 19 just a bit.
Sunflowers are showing up all over Yolo county, and there was a field on the Harrison Farm. Not the tallest flowers, not so spectacular, but I was traveling with my Fuji xt2 and my 80mm 2.8 macro lens. The weather was just perfect. With macro photography, even the slightest movement can look like a big magnified blur. Usually, I have experienced a gale-force wind creeps up just as I take out my macro lens. Not this time!
This Thursday in the last part of June I didn’t expect a large turnout. But I guess others felt the same, and there I was social distancing from a nice group of artists.
Many uses for this pond. The ripples reminds me of an impressionist’s painting inspiration. The rope swings looks like fun. And the kayak and fishing poles is someone’s idea of a relaxing afternoon.
On this day I carried my Fuji xt2 with three lenses. I heard there were sheep here, and I wanted to grab some animal photographs. Well, the sheep were resting in the corner shaded area. I wanted and finally one ventured out to eat.
I wandered around the flower garden for these next photos.
These next images represent still life on the farm.
So ends this months Yolo Art & Ag event to the Harrison Farm. Looking forward to my next outing.
I love the sound of crashing waves. Didn’t think about it much, but once I heard it I felt like taking in all the salty air. A bunch of photographers headed out to Bodega Bay a couple of weekends ago to remember Greg Morris. Bodega Bay played a funny sort of part in his life. A year ago along with other photographers, Greg had a misadventure in Bodega Bay. He ended up with a feral cat. Greg saw a cat in need, and couldn’t say no. Enough said.
Two hours west of Sacramento we entered the town of Bodega.
Alfred Hitchcock set his film, The Birds on the Sonoma coast and used Bodega and Bodega Bay. Stopping at The Bodega Country Store we are greeted outside by Alfred Hitchcock. It felt like scenes from The Birds with all the memorabilia displayed. The St.Teresa of Avila Catholic Church located down the block was featured in the movie. Since it was a Sunday, the church parking lot was full, and I didn’t get the landmark shot.
Meeting up with Greg’s friends and family we reminisced, took a group photo, and made our way to Goat Rock Beach, the acquisition site of said feral cat. Memorial came together and we each said good bye to a good friend.
After lunch we drive to another part of Bodega Bay. This beach had a different look to it.
We head home as the light is leaving us, and look for places to stop along the way.
I so enjoyed my time on the Sonoma coast. I took this trip three weeks ago, and it takes me some time to post this adventure. Maybe I need the time to process in my mind how I feel about my images. Friends of mine get their images up online, sometimes before I even get home. Do I need to work faster? I think that would be too much like a job, and not an act of fun. Still pondering and looking for a workflow that meets my needs, yet keeps the interest of my readers. Toying with the idea of starting a “Sneak Peak” short post, followed by a more complete one.
We shall see. All I know is that I enjoy getting out and seeing new things with my camera along for the ride.
Apple Hill, located midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, is the destination for my adventure with my Senior Photo Friends.
There is a direct route to Apple Hill. Get on Highway 50 (east). Get off at Apple Hill exits. But when I travel with my friends we meander and find interesting spots. Quiet spot and crisp air signals a change in seasons.
The stillness of the river provides a perfect opportunity for this yellow kayak.
Apple Hill supports many family orchards, wineries, and farms. At this time of year pumpkins abound, and all things apple are available. In the past, I brought my kids up to a U-Pick farm. On other occasions, my dog Libby joined me for a day in the country. Today, my camera set my focus.
These three will not end up in an Apple Pie, Walking Pie, or Caramel Apple. I like the texture and warm colors.
Pumpkin patch located at the Boa Vista Orchards.
The Larsen Apple Barn is one of my favorite spots for photography. This water wheel provides an interesting setting. This year there is no water. Drought is making its point here in Northern California.
With this photograph I tried my hand at HDR (High Dynamic Range). I also used Topaz Detail to process this image.
I love the colors in this photograph. When I take a photograph I often look up additional information. In this case, I wanted to find out more about this colorful flower. This flower Gaillardia, or Blanket flower is a good choice for hot, drought conditions. This perennial is related to the Sunflower family and attracts butterflies, and bees.
The area behind the museum at Larsen’s Apple Barn provided great photo possibilities. Love the front of this old truck. Can’t help but see a face with lots of character.
Another old farm vehicle that I photographed and processed using HDR.
Late afternoon shadows captured.
Not a “Selfie”, but you can tell I was there!
Just liked the way this composition spoke to me.
We ended our day at the High Hill Ranch where many crafters were selling their art work.
Apple Hill is very busy on the weekends with more farms open, crafts sold, and wine tasted. I enjoyed the less hectic time to get out and take photos.