Loss of a friend. Message – Be open to new experiences

Today I got the telephone call I was expecting. My friend Greg now has a new bird’s eye view of the world. Photography brought us together, and this past year I enjoyed his company on many of our Tuesdays with Seniors photography outings. I met Anne and Greg at the same time, and we formed a team on many Tuesdays.

Our day was never very predictable, and it was much more than just finding a spot to take pictures. We met at 9:00 a.m. loaded with camera gear, and much enthusiasm.  Greg never was one to take a direct, fast route.


Michigan Bar Road. Lovely colors. Using my tripod and some post processing tips from Greg.


Cows looking for some shade. Greg sings to them.


Off the beaten path


He liked looking for alleys, narrow lanes, and forgotten places. Sometimes we ventured back to check out the scene again and again. Each time he marvelled at discovering something new.


Quiet spot in Folsom.


Another new place to explore.


Locke, Ca. a Greg favorite.


Captured at the Highland Games in Woodland. Not a selfie.

Greg volunteered at the California Auto Museum, and arranged for Sac Photographers to spend a morning there.


Journeying along with Friends

Greg liked talking to people, and occasionally Anne and I would have to interrupt him. He often tried to embarress me, which my husband says wouldn’t be too hard.


Got to talking with a local Knight’s Landing resident and pooch.


Love the dog’s expression


Never know what you will find when you went out on Tuesday.


This time the local resident captured Greg’s attention in Plymouth, Ca.


Knight’s Landing


Greg enjoyed showing me this double outhouse. Luxurious accommodations.


Greg and Anne finding something of interest in Jackson, Ca.

Greg explained HDR to me. It helped me capture this image.


Majestic hotel lobby of the National Hotel

After shooting all morning, or just driving around we would stop for lunch. Sometimes we ate at a Chinese, or Mexican, or BBQ restaurant. Then there was this one time we went looking for a pizza place and found all restaurants in the town  closed. (Remember, we liked the quiet of shooting on a Tuesday.) So we found a country store, and made our purchases. Arriving at a restaurant I never knew what wisecracks Greg would come up with. In the afternoon we stopped and Greg would fortify himself with a chocolate bar, soda, and jerky.


Ate here. I think we can still return.


Worth a trip to Jackson


Carlos, the owner of Fat Freddy’s in Jackson Ca. In a past visit Greg learned all about how this eatery got its name, and more.


River Walk farmer’s market


We stayed close to home and enjoyed the farmer’s market on the River Walk in November.

Greg’s knowledge of the area extended beyond driving logistics to historical information. I learned a lot. Our discussions ranged from personal stories, to politics, to solving the world’s problems. Bernie just lost a vote. In the end the day ended with each having some new thoughts, many images, and a feeling of camaraderie.


A soft spot for strays.

I told Greg that my first car was a Ford Maverick. He said I needed to take a picture of this car.


Greg identified this car as a Ford Maverick. Not.


Having fun at the Highland Games.


I will keep looking for another road to follow. 

I thank you for opening my eyes to new experiences. Thanks Greg.


Visiting the Gold Country

Sacramento spring appeared quickly, and everything bloomed at once. Didn’t make it up to Daffodil Hill this year. Blooms started early, rain cancelled plans, and then the ranch closed early. Instead Plymouth and Sutter Creek provided the venue for our photo adventure.

Stopped at an Amador County Winery and enjoyed the peaceful scene of a weekday morning.

Serene Reflection at an Amador County Winery

Serene Reflection at an Amador County Winery

Headed to the Amador Flower Farm in Plymouth with the idea to use my Macro 60 mm 2.8 lens.

Just missed my fly dinner!

Just missed my fly dinner!

Ugh! Bugs!

Ugh! Bugs!

Daisy Flower in Pink. proclaims, "Spring is Here!"

Daisy Flowers in Pink proclaims, “Spring is Here!”

The Amador Flower Farm displays playful garden art.

Goofy Garden Art

Goofy Garden Art

Water Sculpture provide relaxing sounds. I see a face! Do you?

Water Sculpture provide relaxing sounds.
I see a face! Do you?

Remember the useful “Red Wagon”.  Here are some waiting to be put to use at the Amador Flower Farm.

Red Wagons at rest.

Red Wagons at rest.

Time for lunch and Ann and I headed to Sutter Creek. On Main Street we found a Mexican Restaurant, Pepita’s. The food was delicious, and the service was perfect.

This area was central to the California Gold Rush. Some of the buildings in Sutter Creek try to maintain an old-time look , but  traffic and new businesses blend a revitalized spirit.

Sutter Creek Welcome

Sutter Creek Welcome

Bronze Work in front of Gallery

Bronze Work in front of Gallery

This dog sculpture has been here for a while.  I think that there is a new sign advising visitors to be mindful of their manners!

Don't Pee on Me!

Don’t Pee on Me!

Took a walk a couple of blocks off Main Street and came across these abandoned houses.

Two Abandoned Houses!

Two Abandoned Houses!

Then we returned to Sacramento about an hour away. A nice way to spend the day!