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Get Your Feet on the Table

Get Your Feet on the Table

North Table Mountain Ecological Preserve For a few months of the year, there’s a flat vista rising about 300 feet above Oroville that offers up an intriguing, if temporary, natural show I find completely irresistible: acres of rugged volcanic basalt rock covered in...
Teaching Old Lenses New Tricks

Teaching Old Lenses New Tricks

Let me start out by saying this post is a little nerdy. Nerdy, but fun. Maybe even practical. I have a few Mamiya 645 lenses sitting in the cabinet and seeing as there are adapters for mounting almost any lens on almost any body, I bought one to use these large medium...
Gold Country Nugget

Gold Country Nugget

The desk clerk said “Monday and Tuesday nights are good nights to stay. The rooms are quiet. There’s no Karaoke in the bar on Monday and Tuesday nights..”  I’m guessing that’s a good tip, in a sideways kind of way. I had thought about a trip to...
The Mission San Miguel Archangel

The Mission San Miguel Archangel

Let me start out by saying this post is a little nerdy. Nerdy, but fun. Maybe even practical. I have a few Mamiya 645 lenses sitting in the cabinet and seeing as there are adapters for mounting almost any lens on almost any body, I bought one to use these large medium...
Big Basin, Big Trees

Big Basin, Big Trees

  The big trees can be hazardous… I spent so much time looking up instead of at the trail beneath my feet that I stumbled at least 15 times on the ten miles of trails we hiked through Big Basin Redwoods State Park.  But you can’t help yourself. As the trails put...
The Pinnacles, in Full Bloom

The Pinnacles, in Full Bloom

The big El Nino was a bit of a bust. We did get more rain than we’ve had in the previous five winters around here, but nothing like the ‘biggest El Nino event in 50 years’ was expected to bring. As it turns out, we had just enough to get the hillsides green, trigger...