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.


Street Photography in Old Sacramento

Observing people and capturing photographs that tell a story provided the inspiration for my shoot in Old Sacramento.  When I moved to Sacramento in 1980 this area was being revitalized as a tourist destination. Each year my 4th grade class field trip to the California Railroad Museum and California History Museum enhanced the California History curriculum. I travel back in time with my grandchildren’s class and I share history with friends and family.  There is a good mix of historical and modern fun. A one room school house, Wells Fargo Bank, and a statue of a Pony Express rider Candy Haven, a place to get a free samples and grab some fun photos. Kite City moved to a larger space and now sells interesting toys as well, and I usually get parking validation after buying kitchen gadgets at a William Sonoma boutique. A store with only socks, a place with magic tricks, tee shirts, souvenirs, antiques, can keep me entertained. Horse drawn carriages and wooden sidewalks add to the ambiance. This is all set next to the Sacramento River where the Tower Bridge rises to let river traffic through. Another bridge pivots when traffic want to pass.

Street entertainers, families out for a stroll with their dogs, train conductors, and people dressed in period clothing makes this a perfect place to people watch. Today this is my photographic interest. On this sunny, but cool Sunday I walked around trying out my new Nikon 18-200mm lens.  I had the most fun speaking to entertainers, and people with their dogs. I spoted some people lost in activity, and I tried to imagine their story.

Checking out Engine 21

Checking out Engine 21

I've been working on the railroad

I’ve been working on the railroad

Helping Others

Helping Others

Eyes for you!

Eyes for you!

Take a bite.

Take a bite

Red Hat Society Lady

Red Hat Society Lady

Tie Straightening

Tie Straightening

Figuring it out

Figuring it out

Meet Trawler. His home is on a boat.

Meet Trawler. His home is on a boat.

Trawler and his proud owner

Trawler and his proud owner

Sheriff watching over Old Sac

Sheriff watching over Old Sac

Young entertainer and his dog take a break

Young entertainer and his dog take a break

Writing intensely

Writing intensely

Christopher's Musical Marionettes entertains crowds

Christopher’s Musical Marionettes entertains crowds

Ballerina captures girls imagination

Ballerina captures girl’s imagination

This dog is loved

This dog is loved