Monday, February 16, 2015

History so close to home

On our way to Coloma we took a detour up Gold Hill Road. I had planned on surprising Bill by showing him a miniature pony farm I had seen years ago, but I guess they either are no longer there, or in the barn due to the time of year. We stopped to take this picture.


I have taken many pictures at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in Coloma and each time I see something new to photograph. Bill and I headed up the trail we have climbed so many times.

 
 
 

The last time we went on this trail we were searching for the Coloma Cemetery. Bill had been there as a child and remembered it being in that direction but we never found it. Today we continued up the trail and there it was.


 
 
On the way down the hill there we passed a bed and breakfast which was one of the original homes in Coloma. This trellis was over the walkway to the front porch.
 
Not sure if this is a weed or a succulent, I took this picture for my daughter (who loves succulents), and just above were these daffodils growing amongst fallen branches.
 
 
 
We made it back to the historic town and when crossing the street I saw this post office and found it odd to see the modern mailbox in the front.
 
 
As we were leaving the park Bill wanted to trek down to the river. On the way down  I saw another flower finding its way through twigs, rocks and leaves.
 
 
It was a beautiful day.. thank you Bill for nudging me to get out today, otherwise I would have missed all the beauty of the day.
 
 



Monday, December 8, 2014

Anniversary with the whales in Monterey, November 6, 2014

On our 6th anniversary Bill and I spent the day in Monterey whale watching in the bay with Princess Monterey Whale Watching Tours.

 
 
 
 
Checked in and waiting to board
 
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This cute little guy was enjoying his spot on the pier.






The boat and crew were great. These are a few shots I took as we were leaving the pier.

 
Bill was the first to spot this Killer whale. It was the only Killer whale spotting of the day.
 
 
We traveled out in the bay, parallel to  the Moss Landing Power plant.
 



 
We were lucky enough to see about 25 Humpback whales during our two hour tour.
 

We recommend dressing in layers. It was a beautiful day but we definitely needed gloves and hats the further out we went. When we were on our way back we went inside where it was heated and they even had a snack bar where warm beverages were available.
 
 This was an awesome anniversary!!!!!
 
Stay tuned for my next blog post of our trip home, stopping at Mission San Juan Bautista and Casa deFruita
 
 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Woodpeckers preparing for winter at Folsom Lake 2014

Bill and I returned to Folsom Point at Folsom Lake to photograph the woodpeckers preparing for winter. You can review past years posts where I documented the woodpeckers placing acorns from the oak trees into the limbs where they prepared the holes to store them. They reuse the holes each year adding new ones too. Last year I was saddened because the aged oak tree was cut down due to disease. The woodpeckers have relocated to nearby trees, creating new holes. Here are a few pictures I would like to share with you.






 



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Girls trip to Graeagle 2014

It has been some time since I have had an opportunity to have a photography get away. My friend Tammy invited me to go with her to Graeagle, CA She ran the Lost Sierra Endurance Run (50K) on Saturday. Here are some photographs from the trip.

We stayed at the Chalet View Lodge in a cute one bedroom cabin that had a small kitchen, bedroom, living room and bath. This picture was of the grounds. There was a catch and release trout pond, horseshoes, bocce ball and this inviting hammock. I would recommend staying here.
















 There was a swap meet going on at the Elks Lodge next door. I headed out in the morning and took this picture and had some fun editing it.
 




I dropped Tammy off at the race and stayed to cheer her on and take a few pictures of the start.  I headed up the Gold Lake Hwy. to take some pictures and to cheer her on at the 18 mile mark.




 
These pictures were taken at Gold Lake. This dog was so cute. The owners rescued her a few years ago. The lake was very low but there were a lot of kayakers and dogs enjoying the great weather.

 
 



Sand Pond is another stop off of the Gold Lake Hwy. I hiked around the Sardine Lake Trails and found this wildlife viewing area. 


I walked down this wooden trail to see what wildlife I might find. This trail was beautiful, but I got a little nervous being out there so I turned around and headed back to the car.


I drove up the mountain above Sardine Lake. The road became a very narrow windy one lane road.

 
 
 
 

 
 
When I got to the top of the road there was a shuttle van leaving that dropped off some hikers and mountain bikers.

 
 
I made my way back down the road and decided to head back to Hwy 70 to see Quincy. Well there wasn't anything to see in Quincy so I headed back to see Tammy cross the finish line. On my way back I took a road that was marked with a camera on the sign, my clue there might be a photo opportunity. I found the Feather River and the railroad tracks.
 
 



I made it back to watch Tammy finish her race in 7 hours 45 minutes.
 



 

After the race we headed out to the Brewing Lair, a hangout for the locals. It was pretty cool. Tammy had a beer and as the designated driver I had water.
 


I had a great time and thank Tammy for inviting me. I hope you enjoyed this post (Jeanette)...