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.

License to Explore~ Cameron Park Lake, CA By Steph Gabler

Steph Gabler Photography

License to Explore

Life  has kept me and my camera separated, until today. My Valentines Day morning was spent with my love, my camera. Having a bit of “free” time to jump in the car with my camera was something that I have looked forward to for weeks!

I set my sites on Cameron Park Lake, in the center of Cameron Park, El Dorado County. During the “warm” months, there is a fee to get into the lake, but this time of year, it’s FREE!! 🙂

Cameron Park Lake

The trail around the lake is just over a  mile long, level, and an easy walk. I cannot begin to name all of the different birds on this lake! However, today I had my sites set on the swans Continue reading “License to Explore~ Cameron Park Lake, CA By Steph Gabler”

“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”