Nature and my camera

My camera and I ventured to the central coast of California last month. There I got away from the noise of life. Our destination town Cambria met all the requirements for peace.

Our cottage across from Moonstone Beach provided a lovely, easy morning walk. Many dogs accompany their owners along the boardwalk.

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JoJo stops to pose for me

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And they continue on their way.

The first day the air was crisp without even a breeze. Dare I take a macro shot. Usually when I think of it the wind starts up.

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California poppy

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Sea Gull (my high school mascot) hangs out

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Each finds something to enjoy on this walk

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Finding faces in the rock formation

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Pride of Madera put on quite a show

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My shutter is so quiet I quickly caught him. He soon hopped out of sight.

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Checking out the tide pool

Spent some time watching this couple. Trying to imagine their conversation.

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This first morning in Cambria enjoying Moonstone Beach clears the mind. Where do you go to clear your mind?

The rest of the day was perfect and I will share in the coming weeks. Nice to remember this anniversary vacation.

 

 

Summer is here, looking for chill in Petaluma

Camera Totin’ Tuesday folks are looking to get out of the Sacramento heat. Petaluma is located south west of Sacramento, and less than 2 hours away. The day we visited the weather did not disappoint.

Founded in 1858 Petaluma makes an effort to maintain a mid-19th century charm. Located on the Petaluma River and close to the Bay area, Petaluma provided locally grown food to San Francisco and Oakland starting during the Gold Rush. Today, it can serve as a jumping off spot in Sonoma County. Close to the coast of Point Reyes, 30 minutes outside of the Bay Area, and near Napa and there is plenty to photograph is this town.

The Petaluma River provided easy access to transport goods to the coast. Today, it serves as a focal point for the town’s center.

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Bridge over the Petaluma River

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Decaying pier no longer supports train tracks.

The Free Public Library building is filled with such classic details. This library built in 1904 with money donated by Andrew Carnegie is one of over 1600 library buildings constructed in the United States between 1886-1919. The town had to come up with money for books, salaries, and maintenance. Born poor, Carnegie was denied use of a public library because he couldn’t afford the $2.00 library card. He proclaimed “Free Public Library” on the front of this building to show that all could make use of the facility. Carnegie understood that access to information improves a person’s ability to better oneself.

Philanthropist  Andrew Carnegie gave away 90% of his wealth.”The man who dies rich dies in disgrace,” Carnegie said. In bestowing charity the main consideration should be to help those who help themselves,” he wrote.

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The buildings are impressive. I photographed this one in Eureka, California. Many serve another purpose now such as museums, and community centers. As a retired librarian, I hope that these buildings continue to serve the public need for information.

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The McNears were part of Petaluma history

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Brick wall with window capture my attention

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Time out for a tune!

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Small town main street today

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Green Tower Clock

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Display Window of a music store

Lunch was enjoyed at The New Yorker Pizza & Restaurant.  I’m always on the lookout for “New York Pizza”. Though this time I enjoyed the meatball hero. Afterward we wondered into the Shutterbug Camera Store. Money was safely tucked away. This time.

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Faded sign on side of building

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Spider makes a home

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One of many Victorian Era houses

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Arch and picket fence detail draws me in

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Always looking for signs. So polite!

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Bee sure is enjoying a drink

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Bee has moved on. What is this flower called? Be Gone!

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Soft purple frilly flower. Do you know the name?

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Love the lighting on this pretty coral rose. I do know the general name.

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He loves me. He loves me not? He loves me!

There are many churches in Petaluma. Taking a walking tour we came across a church on nearly every block.

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Stain Glass found in St. Vincent de Paul Church

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Abstract lines

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A friendly, portable tripod

We ended our walk around town. Taking in the architecture, nature, and friendly spirit of my photo buddies. Good bye Petaluma. May be back again.

 

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.

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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.

 

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Using my Macro Lens to get close-up

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Iceland Poppies

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

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Capturing some nectar

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Petals spread out

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Carpenter Bee stopping for a drink

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

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Wheel Barrows in a Row

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Daylily in such a bright color

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Lots of bees out today

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An Iris in soft purple

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So many textures

 

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Gazanias spread out

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

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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.

 

Bodega Bay – Off to the Coast

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.

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Town of Bodega proudly shows off its connection to Alfred Hitchcock

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.

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We set up this memorial site on Goat Rock Beach

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Goat Rock Beach cloaked in a layer of fog.

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Earth moving machine left to rust on the beach.

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I see all kinds of creatures scurrying up the beach

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View of Goat Rock Head

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Look out! Waves are coming.

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All the colors of the Pacific Ocean

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Face splashed. Can you see it?

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Something about the rock’s surface caught my eye.

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This Sea Gull posed for my camera

After lunch we drive to another part of Bodega Bay. This beach had a different look to it.

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Staircase down to Bodega Head Beach. Sand washed away with much rain this winter making the staircase wobble. Beautiful ice plants on the side.

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A view of beautiful Bodega Head Beach

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Mussels all around

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The plant life gives color to the rocky shore

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Plant life on the California coast. Growing in the beach sand appears this daisy like flower. Do you know the name of this plant. Leaves remind me of Lamb’s Ear.

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Sea Gulls. Couldn’t help it! At least it was not crows. Thank goodness.

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I am mesmerized by the crashing waves.

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A view of beautiful Bodega Head Beach

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I love the textures, splash of color, and patterns found on Bodega Head Beach.

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Later in the day looking down on the Bodega Head Beach. Gorgeous!

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Ice plants in the foreground, Sonoma coast heading north as far as the eye can see.

We head home as the light is leaving us, and look for places to stop along the way.

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Different layers of green enhance the landscape.

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Pulled off to the side of the road to capture this idyllic farm scene. Fog moving in from the coast.

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More impressive than the sunset is the fog rolling in from the coast.

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.