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)...


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Amgen Tour - 2014, Salmon Falls Rd / Malcom Dixon Rd. El Dorado Hills, CA

How cool is it to live on the Amgen Tour route. I was able to walk up the road and wait for the cyclists to pass. The wait was longer than the time it took for them to pass. You could blink and miss them. Here are a few pictures I was able to capture and still have time to enjoy the event.












Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lack of snow in the Sierras

This time of year you wouldn't travel up highway 80 towards Truckee without chains in your vehicle. Sadly that wasn't the case today. Our drive today took us to Donner Lake, where the weather was like a spring day, by noon it was in the 50's (it felt more like 70).

Our first stop along the way was at Indian Springs, 5600 ft. elevation. The roadside had evidence of snow and as you can see there was a small trace along the stream.

 
 

Our next stop was Soda Springs, 6768 ft. elevation. There was a bit more snow and the river was iced over, but still looks like May-Jun when the snow is melting. On a brighter note, the Rainbow Lodge is under new management and should be open for business in a few weeks.

 

We decided to make Donner Lake, 5938 ft. elevation, our last stop before heading back to Folsom. There was one fishing boat on the lake and several people fishing off of the piers.



One of the rest stops along 80 posted this sign.

 



I bet this picnicker is glad this sign kept the sledding and snow fights away from her.

 

I am posting this picture again of Folsom Lake to tie together how the absence of snow this winter will affect the lake (currently at a record low, at 17% of capacity), our agriculture and the potential for an increase in forest fires. I think it is time to get serious about more water storage capacity for the state of California... Just a side note, this problem has been building for years. The delay to build the Auburn Dam is a good example, which is not a funding problem, it is problem with allocation of funds.




Monday, January 20, 2014

Solved the focusing problem I was having with Sigma DG150-500

Ever since I purchased my Nikon D7000, when using my Sigma DG150-500mm I experienced problems with blurred photos. I previously used the lens on my Nikon D5100 and did not have a problem with blurriness. I remember reading a review on the lens which stated the "auto focus" could be an issue. Luckily Sigma recognizes this issue so I will have to take the lens in for repair.

On a mission today, Bill and I headed out to the Sacramento Zoo to try using the manual focus setting (wow... actually having to manually focus my pictures...).

Here are my "manually focused" photos from today's shoot.

 


 
 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Low water levels at Folsom Lake reveal artifacts from Mormon Island

Curiosity set in when we saw around 100 cars parked on Sophia Parkway in Folsom and equal amounts of people walking up the hill on the walking trail to the lake. Since we have a seasonal "Poppy Pass" to enter the lake we figured we would bite, and headed in to Browns Ravine and took a look to see what was up. Luckily there were only ten cars waiting to pay $12.00 to enter the lake (as we left there were about 30 cars waiting to pay).

Here is what we found: The town of Mormon Island was buried by water in 1955 to create the Folsom Dam.  Due to the recent drought and low water levels, some rock wall structures and other artifacts from Mormon Island have been discovered.

This is a small representation of the crowds that came to look at the rock walls and artifacts.

 
People are bringing mineral detectors to find some of the artifacts pictured below. It is a federal crime to remove items found on state property. You will find piles of items found at the lake on legacy tree stumps.

 

 I couldn't resist making art with some of the nails left behind.


 
 
I was surprised how intact the skeletal remains were of this crawdad left on a rock.



 
 
I took this picture looking of the boat house (where you would launch your boat and buy gas) standing in the lake bed, which usually has about 200 feet of water.
 
 
A fellow photographer found what appeared to be a clay sewer pipe. She had the idea to take this picture for us.