Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Pretty Is Moving

Hello, thank you so much for reading my blog.

To better control my images, I have moved over to Wordpress.

Please find the best of NorCal and beyond at my new address:

Don't forget to update your bookmarks.

The continued hits during this hiatus have been encouraging (one of the best months ever).


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Problems Posting

I'm very sorry, but I am having significant problems with google right now. I may have to change services.

I have reached the limit of free photo space, and am not in the position to pay a monthly fee for more. I attempted to delete old photos, then old posts entirely, but google is saving them somewhere and won't let me get at them (I ran into a few google+ firewalls requiring sign-ups, a non-starter with me).

I have submitted several feedbacks and a post on the help forum, but will start looking for other blogging services.

(Sunset Photo Here)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fall Color Highlights

The fall colors this year have been lackluster due to the weather. Here are some reminders of how beautiful it can get.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Lake Oroville: Visual Gold

Hi everyone, looks like I have enough pics/adventures to update weekly nowadays. It has been about a year and a half since I started this blog, and I've averaged about 350 hits over the last couple months, after over 600 in August!
Thank you for your support :) Please spread to your friends:

Lake Oroville is a giant reservoir in the foothills northeast of Sacramento
There is a visitor center for the recreation area with exhibits, native american artifacts recovered before the lake formed and viewing platforms
 Native Americans used these boulders to grind their food, especially acorns, which were then leached of their tannins with water
 Generations and generations of people used these stones

An early 1800's map of Alta California 
They had this nice theater with over 30 videos to choose from. I went with rice 
I had no idea it was so prominent in the Sacramento valley. The video was so 80's, but maybe produced in 1992
A bubbling fountain
The dam is the straight line on the left, a raptor above 
It was a beautiful late-summer day, but back when the fires clouded the views, can you see the raptor again?
 One of the main bridges north/east into feather falls
 Looked like dinosaur bones

Note the lake level back then, vs in October
 Crazy pretty with the concentric rings of past water levels
 About 200 feet seemed exposed in some areas, I wonder why this red dirt collected here
 The plant life was interesting, and starting to turn fall colors
 A lot of resilient waterside trees dotted the former shorelines

 These boulders looked like a sliced potato to me
 This lake is popular with boaters

 The undulating shoreline reflects the foothill geography

The views from the valley showed the recent snows in the high mountains (at left) 
This pod looked like it was from the little shop of horrors
 But had lovely flowers
 This was an old, creeping lichen
 Tiny flowers

 Interesting fungus, reminded me of halloween
 Along with these
 Tiny cup fungus
 The sunset was breathtaking, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves