Photographing the Sutter Buttes

Another week and Camera Totin’ Tuesdays is off to the Sutter Buttes. Starting in Woodland I am impressed with the water-wise landscape in my friend Karen’s front yard.

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Low water and low maintenance landscape. In a couple of weeks Poppies will bloom.

Our first stop was Mary’s Chapel. Created in the 1850’s the cemetery is about 2 miles north of Yolo in Woodland.  The chapel was build in 1857. It is called Mary’s Chapel because after a fire destroyed the church, Mary Cross Pockman asked the community to rebuild.This local cemetery is still used by the community.

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Mary’s Chapel

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Mary’s Crapper built May 1912

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Cemetery at the Mary’s  Chapel

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Mustard field blooms at the foot of the Buttes

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Bees are buzzing

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Yellow Mustard all around

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Orchard blossoms create look of snow

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Orchard with pink blossoms

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Pink Blossoms Frame the Buttes in the background

Looking at these hills I see a sleeping person.

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The Sutter Buttes are green after the drought.

This cow was a distance away, but I caught her turning her head and looking my way. Maybe she likes my “Julia” voice.

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Cows enjoying the green fields on the Sutter Buttes

Blurry background achieved with small depth of field.

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Wildflower stands out.

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Our travel around the Buttes passed this farm with some unusual animals.

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What is this llama thinking?

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Goat was looking for a hand-out.

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Leisurely ride around the Buttes

We arrived at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, and mosquitoes greeted us in heavy swarms. All these photographs were taken exclusively from the automobile with windows closed.

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Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

I have been working with Adobe Lightroom cc for the past 3 months and after watching more tutorials I am developing my images in a new way. Tweaking highlights, shadows, white and black tones, saturation and luminance.

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Seascape at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

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Reflection at Gray Lodge Wildlife Center

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Sunset at the Sutter Buttes

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Silos in the Sunset

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Farmhouse on the Hill

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Sunset through the orchard

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Sun goes down

Another great day enjoying my surroundings in Northern California and sharing it with friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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!