Wildflowers. Gold Country. Road Trip. Have camera, will adventure… The night before we listened to the song Jackson by Johnny Cash & June Carter. My wife saw a picture on Gold Country Photographers. It was decided. We took our youngest daughter on a little road trip to Jackson to do a little wildflower photography, and adventure of course. I love it when a plan comes together, and this one came together nicely. Welcome to Electra Rd.
With the Mokelumne river on one side, and hillsides covered in wildflowers on the other, it was a pretty amazing little spot. You can never go wrong with a river/wildflower combination.
Poppies, poppies, everywhere! All along the road were huge patches of poppies, which is never a bad thing. Large fields, rolling hills, all covered in beautiful wildflowers.
And of course a setting as beautiful as this makes for a great background a few portraits, and I happened to be lucky enough to have had a pair of beautiful subjects along for the adventure.
Bottom line, the answer to adventure is always yes. Anytime, anywhere. Never pass up a chance to explore. You never know where you’ll end up, or what you’ll see, and you just might be lucky enough to capture something beautiful.
Hi everyone…Tahoe is sad. I want to go outside and play on my property. Dad says I get to muddy. Getting muddy is fun for Tahoe and Tucker. Can someone make it stop so I can play again. Dad won’t let us wrestle in the house, he yells at Tahoe sometimes…..but then I kiss and hug him and everything is better. Dad says if anyone wants pictures of their fur babies he is going to have his Spring Fur-Baby Photoshoot Specials. For only a few dog biscuits …. wait dad says $150 for photoshoot (45 minute shoot) and (1) 11×14 and (2) 8×10 prints included. This special will last until May 15th. Message for appointment or have your baby bark at me me and I’ll tell dad. I wuv my dad so much …. until next time Tahoe wuvs all of you too!
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!! 🙂
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
Steph Gabler Photography January 7, 2018 and I found myself in Jackson, CA. I have made many trips to Jackson over the past 30 years, it is one of my favorite small towns to visit. Happily, life is returning to this Main St, along with many of the others along Historic Hwy 49 in the Gold Country.
When we stepped out of the car, I was not only thrilled, but stunned to see and hear Christmas! Carols were playing on the loud speakers, and all the shop windows still displayed the Christmas cheer. It didn’t take long for me to remember that Jackson has a very large Serbian population and they celebrate Christmas on January 7th.
It was wonderful being surrounded by Christmas! I love the holiday season and wish I could live in it year round. Main St was all decorated, along with the National Hotel and most shop windows.
January 4, 2018 and it finally RAINED!! Hopefully this is just the start of a delayed, long, wet winter. While many of you may be inclined to put your camera away until the Spring flowers start popping, I urge you to go out into the weather and shoot!
Please be aware… you need to protect your camera first! The two biggest enemies of your camera are sand and water. You can easily find rain / weather covers for your camera on sites like Amazon. Rain covers are made in disposable and reusable forms. These covers are generally inexpensive and considering how much you paid for your camera and lens, it is well worth the investment.
So, why shoot in weather? It’s wet, cold, windy. I want to stay inside where it’s warm. Well, let me show you why. My personal favorite is fog. Fog is moody, and the image changes almost constantly if you just sit and watch. Fog creates a special kind of light that I really enjoy.
See what I mean? Fog completely changes the landscape giving it a “private” feel for me, like it is just me and the landscape. You can set your white balance for “cloudy” if you want to “correct” the light, however I leave mine at “daylight” because I like the look nature has given me.
Rain. This is where I like to look for the “details”. Look down. Look at the leaves and flowers. Raindrops on Roses are truly magical. I have even been known to use a spray bottle on flowers to enhance the feel of the photo. Here are my “wet” examples;
Do you see the reflection of the tree around the leaves? To me, that image tells a story. If it had not rained, all you would see are leaves on asphalt.
Now to my favorite, snow. I am lucky enough to live above snowline, so as soon as it begins snowing, I grab my camera and head out. This next image was taken from Big Hill Lookout in the Crystal Basin Recreation Area above Pollock Pines during a late Fall, early Winter snow.
The light kept changing, the clouds kept moving and I felt like the luckiest girl on the mountain (OK, I was also the only girl on the mountain, but let’s not get technical) The evergreen bushes give a great pop of color to the image, and I loved the dead leaves that were still hanging onto the tree, despite the winter weather. This photo actually won Nature Photo of the Year in a national competition a few years back.
Ahh, my friend the Canada Goose. He simply stood there and let the snow collect on his back. I find this photo to be very peaceful. I would never have seen this if I had stayed home with my feet by the fire (or more likely with my feet by the washer and dryer, lol)
Gold Country residents and visitors, the rain is returning to Northern California! Grab your gear, make sure it is protected and get out there and take some pictures!
So, my rating for shooting in the weather? 5 cameras!!
I have fallen in love with the world in a black and white form. Not because I don’t appreciate color, or enjoy it’s beauty. But because I feel it is through the lack of color you see the true image. It’s structure. The lines. The details you might overlook had you been distracted by bright reds, or vibrant greens. The patterns that make up the petal of a flower are intricate, beautiful, and amazing. The way a drop of water hangs in balance on the tip… The slight imperfections each tell a story. All details that are easily overlooked when hidden within the wonderful colors of nature. Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the beautiful colors of our world, and think nature has done a perfect job of painting the scenery. I often shoot in color just for this reason. But in my newest gallery, I’m looking beyond the colors and enjoying the deeper beauty of nature, people, and things we see in our every day life, but maybe we’re not really seeing them….
So, join me as I travel into the world of black and white. Visit my newest gallery at 11:eleven Photography and see the beginning of this journey, and check back often as I continue to add more images from this adventure.
I drive past this nearly every day. It is a highlight of my commute. I look forward to seeing it. Not because it is especially beautiful, although when the sun is just right, it is a lovely view. I just love the solo tree, standing all alone. It doesn’t complain. It doesn’t make excuses. It doesn’t wish it were somewhere else, doing something different. It is not affected. It can rain buckets, the sun can beat down on it from sunrise to sunset. It can be freezing cold, and the wind could be blowing fiercely. And it just stands there, through it all, just being a tree. Doing what it is meant to do. Trees make good teachers. People should be more like trees…
Located along Hwy. 49, between Auburn and the Lake of the Pines area. If you’re in the area, see it for yourself. 😊 Or you can just go to my website and see this, and more beauty, from around the Gold Country.
One of my favorite things about photography is that I can share the beauty I capture with others. One of my favorite things about the Gold Country, is that there is so much to capture. Through my lens, will be an ongoing journey. I will share with you the beauty, my travels, my experiences.
I’ve been a traveler. A wanderer. And yes, there is beauty to be found in all corners of the world. Some places have beautiful forests, some have gorgeous rivers, or mountains. Some places the beauty is in the people that reside there, or the history that lies within it. In all my travels I have not found another place that has all these things in one place. The Gold Country, set in Northern California has all these things, and more, practically within arms reach of one another. I am currently in the “heart” of the Gold Country, Nevada County. And although I have tried to move away several times, it has a magical draw to it, and I just can’t stay away very long. I don’t know if it’s the Tahoe National Forest that you can see all around it, the mighty Yuba River that runs through it, the snow capped Sierra Nevada’s that rise above it, or the wonderful, creative people that fill it. Come check it out. See for yourself. Enjoy the journey.
Check back here often, as I will be sharing the beauty of the area I call home, my travels, and things that catch my eye. You can also go to my website and view/purchase images I’ve captured along my journey. https://11eleven.shootproof.com/