“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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The Road to Tahoe by Ivy Ferl – Ivy Tree Photography

The Road to Tahoe by  www.ivytreephotography.com

January 1, 2018

Day 1:

The last trip of the year. Where to go? Why not Tahoe! Not only is the area beautiful, but it also has so much to offer for activities. We decided a month out that traveling to South Lake Tahoe would be a fun destination to spend our last days of 2017 at. Not only do we celebrate the new year, we also get to celebrate my husband’s birthday (he’s a new years baby, born on January 1st). We started our trip off with a nice break in Chico at the Sierra Nevada Brewing company for an amazing lunch. The food is amazing and who doesn’t enjoy a good beer.

 After our amazing lunch, we continued on our way to South Lake. The sunset was amazing!!!

 I love sunsets. Something about the way the colors paint the sky. I’m use to mountain sunsets, so it’s always nice having a different view. Even if the view happens to be from the backseat.

 Fun fact: the Sutter Buttes is known as the smallest mountain range in the world.

Day 2:

On our first morning in Tahoe my husband and our friend took a short drive to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows for their day of skiing. Normally I would be right with them on the slopes, but I stayed behind to enjoy time with my friends and family. Which turned out to be a good thing considering they left their ski boots behind at the cabin. Silly mistake, but it happens. Me and a friend drove half way to meet them and bring them their ski boots. We chose a perfect destination! Emerald Bay. It’s so beautiful.

 We even did the tourist thing….

 We got really lucky, because it was early in the morning, we had the place to ourselves. Later in the day we took the rest of our group up to Emerald Bay to see the beautiful view and were not as lucky. It was crowded and we were barely able to find a spot to park. Even then we didn’t get the same view. But I’ll settle for what we did get.

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