Exploring Kauai – Waimea Canyon

Our first day on the Island of Kauai we head toward the Waimea Canyon. This proved to be our most adventurous day. Anxious to see as much as three photographers in our mature condition we started early with a stop at our local Starbucks. With a perfect cappuccino, cameras, lenses, batteries, and hats we are off.

Heading up western part of Kauai

First glimpse of the canyon

The colorful restaurant begged to be photographed!
Driving along we stop at every lookout point and admire the lush, green landscape


With camera in tow we explore the trail. Our traditional shadow selfie.

I am feeling pretty good about my choice in camera equipment. For this portion of the trip I am switching between my 18-55mm zoom lens and my 10-24mm wide angle lens. I am able to clip the lens case to my jeans, and travel light.

Continuing up Waimea Canyon we arrive at Waimea Canyon Lookout. I have not yet witnessed the Grand Canyon so I marvel at this wonderful landscape.

We started early and we were ready for a break. All along the canyon there are no commercial fast food places. We came across the Koke’e Lodge, and stopped for lunch. Located in Koke’e State Park the view is a stark contrast to the canyon views I have seen all morning. Enjoyed lunch, and then headed back to Hanapepe.

Kekaha Beach our next destination will always be filled with good and bad memories. Happy to see the ocean, after all Kauai is an Island. But as a reminder just as I am leaving the beach, I fall. My lava rock is hard and not forgiving. Luckily my jeans protected my skin, but my right leg, ugh. No one wanted to take that photograph!

Kekaha Beach waves crashing!

Getting into some people photography. Looks like an enjoyable stroll along the shoreline.
Sandpipers going in the other direction!


When I was last in Kauai I remember going over a Swinging Bridge. Too tired, and not quite in condition to go across I viewed it from afar.

Hanapepe Swinging Bridge over the river.



This first day ends with a sunset view from the Waimea Canyon.

Goodnight Waimea Canyon!

So ends my first day on my photographic journey in Kauai. More days of exploring, photographing, relaxing and enjoying time with good friends.

Unexpectedly Finding Things of Interest

For this blog I used my Olympus OMD-E5 mirrorless camera and my Panasonic Lumix point and shoot. I just never know when I come across a photo opportunity.

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Hand Prints Foot Prints 

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Golden Hour Highlights Lavender

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Sunset in Woodland Hills

I found this garden art irresistible.

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Just love this colorful display

Hotel architecture catches my eye.

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Patterning

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Repeating arches

I found this art in the hotel lobby.

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Chess for everyone

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A shower of circles 

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Saw this sign and click!

Always on the look out for colors, patterns, and unusual signs makes the world around me fun. What have you seen that grabs your attention? Keep your eyes open!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Good To Be a Local Tourist!

Announcing the name of my photography group, Camera Totin’ Tuesdays. Spent much of the day with my favorite people laughing over the many names, and acronyms possible. Settled on this one. Going out every Tuesday with this group opens up my horizons. For the past 35 years I lived in Sacramento.  Exploring the surrounding areas demonstrates the richness of the area photographically. My friend Karen shares local history, and always prefaces her remarks with, “You must have been here already.” Surprisingly, no. I must have been very busy with work and kids, or just not curious enough to get in the car for a ride around Northern California by myself. Remedy, get a camera and surround yourself with good friends.

This particular Tuesday we headed to Auburn. My friends wanted to try their hand at smoothing out rapids as the river flows over rocks. They brought along ND filters to achieve this affect. Destination: Lake Clementine. The lake did not impress, but in all honesty we got there late and didn’t complete the hike. I used a circular polarizer (since I didn’t have a ND filter) for some of the shots and slowed down my shutter speed to try and achieve smooth, flowing water.

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North Fork of the American River

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Smooth water rocky shoreline

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Graffiti along the river

 

Actually for this goal we should have started earlier to avoid the bright sunshine. The Foresthill Bridge, the tallest bridge in California, is amazing. It is the 5th highest bridge in the United States.

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Foresthill Bridge

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Foresthill Bridge

In 1898 the classic design of the  Auburn Court House  replaced the prior building destroyed by fire. I usually have trouble finding the right angle to photograph buildings.

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Auburn County Courthouse

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Replica of the Auburn Courthouse reflected

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Exhibit at the Placer County Museum

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Placer County Museum

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Auburn Hook and Ladder No. 2 since 1852

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Advertisement found on a brick wall in Auburn

I processed this photograph using Topaz Texture Effects. It fits historic Auburn, don’t you think?

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Advertisement on a brick wall in Auburn.

 

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Interesting door

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Love all the textures

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Just passing through Auburn

Couldn’t resist taking a picture of this unusual find. In my neighborhood I saw a similar vehicle just before “Burning Man”. Wonder what this one is used for.

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Strange vehicle spotted while looking for a sunset.

We went searching for a place to watch and photograph the sunset. Passed this private ranch. My friend Anne told Karen and me to ring the bell and ask permission to park in the driveway. Sure thing. The owner and his two Portuguese Water Dogs greeted us and allowed us to park just in time.

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Sunset with lens flare

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Found this beautiful site to catch a sunset

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Auburn Sunset

Another great day out with my friends and my Nikon D7100.