Three Lillies Photography – Photography Studio – Grass Valley, Ca

Three Lillies Photography by Lisa Jarvis

Located in the heart of historic Downtown Grass Valley, CA, Three Lilies Photography by Lisa Jarvis not only offers portrait photography for families, high school seniors, babies, and personal branding. Check out my website for examples of my work:

“I’m a wife, mom, dog lover and a former teacher. I feel so lucky to get to do what I love. I feel honored to create precious memories for you.”


“I like to keep things simple”
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Yosemite, a different view – by Janet Martinez Photography

Janet Martinez Photography

With so many trips into Yosemite, I try to find a little different view of iconic spots if possible.

Mostly today was just breathing in the beauty and wondering around in places I don’t usually visit. There is always something I haven’t noticed before! This is Bridelveil Fall from across the valley as I was heading west in the late afternoon. The lighting on the granite caught my eye. — at Yosemite National Park


“Every Exit up I-80” – Before it Snows by John Boyle – Gold Country Photography

Gold Country Photography

Every Exit up I-80 episode III

Before it Snows

We ended the last episode at Baxter Exit 148b

Before the snows hit I was able to make it a few more exits, from exit 150 Drum-Forebay to exit 158a Emigrant Gap. So let’s get started!

Thankfully we are now getting snow but I think it will delay future episodes a bit (you cannot get very far in a two wheel drive vehicle once you get off the Interstate when there is snow) but while we were having a less than stelar winter, I took advantage.

The first exit, Exit 150 Drum-Forebay was the one out of all the exit names that had peaked my curiosity. Why? I don’t know, the name I guess. I thought I knew what a drum was but a forebay? Just sounds like it came before an afterbay ;). At the end of the exit ramp and to the right is a private association. This sign below kills me.

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License to Explore~ Winter Finally Arrives in the Gold Country! By Steph Gabler

Steph Gabler Photography

Just when I was resigned to the fact that we were going to go from Fall to Spring here in the Gold Country, Winter arrived with a BANG!  14″ of beautiful, white snow arrived overnight and into the morning, so of course I grabbed my camera and went out to explore.

Camino, CA is probably better known  as Apple Hill, and is absolutely gorgeous any time of the year. However, on those fairly rare occasions that it is covered in snow… it’s simply magical.

I started my trip down Carson Rd,  at the bottom of “downtown” Camino.  I saw this magical scene just minutes after getting off the freeway…


This Vineyard is getting a nice winter blanket of snow.  As I slowly made my way down the hill (not everyone was practicing safe snow driving) I saw my next photo opportunity… at the “famous” High Hill Ranch. High Hill is the largest and most popular farm in Apple Hill.  With snow covering the apple Orchard, I was captivated by what was before me. Continue reading “License to Explore~ Winter Finally Arrives in the Gold Country! By Steph Gabler”


Yosemite by Janet Martinez – Bass Lake, Ca

Janet Martinez Photography

People travel from all over the world to marvel at the beauty of Yosemite and it’s majestic monoliths. Men and women climb El Capitan, artists paint it, photographers shoot it and then some just stare in awe at the unbelievable grandness of it! I stood far back in the meadow beneath it and just breathed. It has powers that energize you and make you grateful to be alive. I never tire of the view.


“Every Exit up I-80” part II – Gold Run/Alta-Bonnynook – Gold Country Photography – Grass Valley, Ca

Gold Country Photography

In our initial episode Every Exit up I-80, issue one I left Colfax heading east and only made it as far as Dutch Flat but I had a great time there.

In this episode, I start the journey at Exit 143 Gold Run, went up to Exit 146 Alta Bonnynook Rd. and ended at Exit 148b Baxter.

So, let’s get started.

Heading east on Interstate 80 you often miss Exit 143 Gold Run, (especially if you are driving up from the Bay Area) because just past the Gold Run exit is the first “Rest Stop” on your way up the grade but I do not need the rest stop, at least not yet.

(the photo above is coming back west as I forgot to take this pic on the way up)

Stopping at the end of the exit, I see a uniquely old styled building off to the right.  Turns out to be a sports bar and grill  Mountain Springs Hitch n Post

As I am taking this shot, I look back across the road to see the Gold Run historical marker almost hidden behind a cyclone fence next to the freeway. Continue reading ““Every Exit up I-80” part II – Gold Run/Alta-Bonnynook – Gold Country Photography – Grass Valley, Ca”


Bay Nature Magazine

Congratulations to our member Robin Mayoff for his work in this article!

Robin Mayoff

Birding By Kayak at Big Break Regional Shoreline in the East Bay

by Victoria Schlesinger on January 02, 2018

looking north over Big Break
Looking northwest from the shore through tules and over Big Break toward the San Joaquin River. (Photo by Robin Mayoff, RHM Images)

Produced by Bay Nature for the East Bay Regional Park District

Strings of birds have been passing overhead for the past 40 minutes. There are wobbly lines of starlings, Brewer’s and tricolored blackbirds, all of them flying east toward the sliver of sun that’s pushing above the horizon. They’re commuting to the farmland in the Central Valley where they’ll feed for the day, and tonight they’ll come back here to the Delta to overnight in the tule marshes. The sky is still a diluted blue, and as the flocks fly they call to one another, a cacophony known as the “dawn chorus.”

Mike Moran is pointing out and naming the birds as we stroll toward the water’s edge. We’re getting ready for an early morning kayak trip to seek out some of the birds that live around Big Break Regional Shoreline, which sits at the edge of Oakley, a small bedroom city on the San Joaquin River. The park and region is a hot spot for birding, and I’ve been curious about watching birds from the water, from a different perspective. “You can see the Delta from the Delta’s point of view,” Moran says.

And then right over our heads sails a clump of dark-colored bodies with long curved bills.

“Those are ibis!” Moran whoops. “That’s crazy. White-faced ibis you see as you drive up Highway 99 north of Sacramento in all the rice fields. They’re lousy up there. But I’ve never seen a flock of them here.”

In fact, he says, this is the farthest west he’s ever sighted ibis. Moran’s been a naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District for nearly 25 years and became supervising naturalist at the Big Break Visitor Center when it opened in 2012, so I make a note to look up where else white-faced ibis have been seen in the area. (That night I check eBird, a website where birders can record their sightings, and the last sizable flock of ibis noted at Big Break was in 2000.)

“Well, that’s the sighting of the day,” he says.

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Visit Yosemite Madera County guide – Janet Martinez Photography – Bass Lake, Ca

Janet Martinez Directory Listing

“Just picked this up and so honored to have two of my photos make the 2018 Visit Yosemite Madera County guide! The cover photo was taken by my good friend, Darvin Atkeson, who has helped me along with my photography passion! ” – Janet Martinez

Below: My Winter Lace Image taken right after a fresh snowfall in Yosemite Valley.

Top right photo below was taken along Rd 222 next to Bass Lake when wildflowers lined the road.

Honored to be listed with these fine photographers!

To view the entire guide – Yosemite Madera County 2018 Visitors Guide


“Every Exit” up I-80 by JCameron – Gold Country Photography

Gold Country Photography

Every Exit – Dutch Flat, a ghost story

My Wife and I moved to Grass Valley in 2011.  Up until then the only thing I knew about Grass Valley was that it was two words on the signs on Interstate 80. Since the move, I have had a quest to venture off of every exit on I-80,  east of Colfax. With a little help from my wife,  kicking me out of the house for the day, I started out on my adventure.

This is the beginning of a three, or four, or more part series. I did not take photos at every exit, or from every exits area, as it just was not that interesting. I am surprised so far with what I have found.

Today’s installment I leave Colfax heading east. I only get as far as the Alta exit as I spent most of the day in Dutch Flat, (In my head I am sounding just like good ole Huell Howser).

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Tahoe National Forest Photo Contest Winner – Joe Dondelinger – Foresthill, Ca

The Tahoe National Forest has a yearly photo contest and for 2017, it was recently announced that our proud member Joe Dondelinger has won both first and second places!!

Congratulations Joe!!

1st Place

“Celestial Wilderness” by Joseph Dondelinger, (Castle Peak)

Note from the Photographer:  This is one of my most achieved photos to date planned months ahead of time! This photo is actually a blend of two images taken at very precise and critical times at the same position and angle. On July 22, 2015, I set off on the brutal 1200 foot backpack trip up to near the top of Castle Peak carrying over 60 pounds of gear, including all of my camera equipment! I also carried up my iOptron Sky Tracker, which plays a crucial role in capturing the most detailed shot of the Milky Way possible and was the first image I captured, which also had to be taken in between the sunset and moonrise 45-minute window. During the 4-minute tracked exposure, I managed to capture a spectacular meteor to the south! After this shot, I moved the camera just a few inches over to a stationary tripod keeping the same angle and prepared for the moonrise so I could capture the foreground image just a few minutes later! Timing was impeccable with this as I had to shoot my foreground quick and on time just as the moon was rising, so the moonlight and the warm glow from the headlamp in my tent stay in the right balance! Then finally later in post production I blended the two images together. What I love most about this image is how I can truly reflect upon my memories of just how amazing this little camp spot was that night and the success of all of my hard work to achieve this photo!

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5 Reasons to Hire a Documentary Photographer – Kelly Howell Photography – Placerville, Ca

By KellyHowellPhoto

Documentary photography is for everyone and for everything. It’s the type of photography that stirs up emotions and looks at life for what it really is. I know that “being in the moment” is hard when you already have an incredibly busy life, that’s why I came up with 5 reasons you should hire a documentary photographer.

Christmas light exploring at the Folsom Zoo.

1. You’re in the pictures!

After interviewing lots of parents about taking photos of their kids during the day or on vacations, the number one reason they hire a documentary photographer is to be in the photos. Parents want photos of them interacting with their children and playing with them. It’s the best part of their day.

2. You get to enjoy the event your hosting.

At my son’s 1st birthday party, I was so worried about getting a great photo of him, making food, getting drinks and making sure everyone was having a good time that I forgot to enjoy the party and be in the moment with him. I have vague memories of his first party, instead of worrying about all those things I should have just concentrated on him having a good time. Hiring a photographer for your event just gives you one less thing to fret about. I wish I would have done it. Continue reading “5 Reasons to Hire a Documentary Photographer – Kelly Howell Photography – Placerville, Ca”