Northern California

The Fire at the Edge of Night

On the way to a friend’s “Home on the Range” (I mean that literally) near Redding, CA, riding along a dirt road that took us deeper and deeper into the “wild, wild west”, I spotted this cool pond reflecting the trees and sky beyond. I knew I’d have an appointment with destiny here, at this very spot, in about an hour, when the sun started racing into oblivion. And that’s exactly what I did. While it might have been nice to have my big guns along, I had left those on the East Coast. But I had my backup tucked into my waistband and I wasn’t afraid to use it. After the obligatory seven paces, I drew my iPhone and fired. And it was I who was left standing when the sun went down!

Good Eats at the Snack Shack

You just don’t see places like this that much in the D.C. metro area, where I’ll soon be hangin’ my hat, so I’m taking the time to shoot as many of these sorts of things as I can before I leave Northern Cali.  I’m hoping to see more on my drive east across the U.S. of A, especially since part of that drive will likely be along historical Route 66.  As I was out running errands when I found this one, I only had my little Fuji X100 camera with me, when I really could have used a 24mm lens and the D700 so I could include the dumpsters on the right side of the building; stepping back with the old sneaker-zoom was not an option or they’d have been serving roadkill in the Snack Shack!

Pop’s Place

Been having sporadic access to the internet due to a move, but hope to have broadband in the new house by 8 September, so off to Starbuck’s in Redding is was to process this one for today. Pretty interesting working in here with the Wacom Intuos 4 tablet as it invites a lot of questions. Anyway, here’s a shot I grabbed recently with the ol’ X100, which is always by my side these days.

The cool swirling waters burbled around my feet

My wonderful wife found this section of the stream about a 100 meters down-stream from where I was shooting.  As there was no cellular service here, she hiked over to where I was get my attention with something along the lines of, “I think you should come see (and photograph) this.”  I know by now that when she, or my kids, come get me for a photo opportunity, it’s gonna be good.  What a pretty view of Mt. Lassen it was and a great place for a picnic next time we’re there!

The last Stage

The historic town of Shasta, today a “Ghost Town” and a California Historic Park, was established in 1848 soon after early California pioneer Pierson B. Reading discovered gold in Clear Creek.  First named Reading Springs, after its founder, the town was renamed Shasta in 1850.  It prospered as a transportation hub for mule trains and stagecoaches serving the mining towns of northern California.  Once prosperous, “Old Shasta” now boasts a cozy 720 soul population, and an infrastructure that includes the ruins of the gold mining town, a church, a post office, an elementary school, a store and the oldest Masonic lodge in California.

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