Big Trees

There is nothing quite like walking in a forest among giants. Giant sequoia trees are the largest living things on the planet by mass. The coast redwoods are taller and there are thicker trees but none have the combination of height and girth as giant sequoias. The biggest trees in the species are located in …

Nevada City Fall Colors

To celebrate my birthday last week, we decided to spend the weekend in Grass Valley and Nevada City, two charming towns located within the Sierra Gold Country. I’ve always had an affinity for Gold Rush history since doing a 4th grade project 20+ years ago and when you can have some New England-esque fall color for …

Calaveras Big Trees

We left the Bay Area knowing that it was probably going to rain a little bit. My original plan was to camp somewhere along the Sonora Pass but I had no desire to camp at that high of an elevation during a storm so I decided on Calaveras Big Trees State Park. It was raining …

Roots

When I was attending the Academy of Art University, I was surprised to find out that most of the photography students I encountered were there to find a direction in their photography. That was strange to me because I knew exactly what I wanted to do the first time I picked up a camera. The …

South Fork of the American River

Picture of South Fork of the American River, Coloma, California The Gold Rush began in this area when gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill by James Marshall. Nowadays, the American River is perhaps best known for being a whitewater rafting mecca during the summer months. The South Fork has Class II & III rapids so …

Old Glory, Nevada City, California

Photo: Old Glory in Old Cemetery, Nevada City, California In my blog post a few days ago I pondered if most people are forgotten after their closest loved ones have passed. Well it didn’t me take long to find one case of where the person hadn’t been forgotten. From reading his grave marker, I believe …

The Pony Express Monument

Photo: The Pony Express Monument, Old Town Sacramento, California The buildings that the Pony Express Monument is facing consists of an old Wells Fargo bank, the location of California’s 1st Supreme Court, and the westernmost terminal of the legendary Pony Express mail delivery service which ran from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento from 1860 to …

Scarecrow Park

Photo: Halloween Decorations in Scarecrow Park, Old Sacramento, California My favorite part of Halloween while growing up was Trick or Treating an entire pumpkin full of candy from around the neighborhood. It doesn’t seem like parents take their kids out as much these days which is unfortunate. If I ever have kids, then they will …

“The Big Four” Building, Old Sacramento SHP, California

Photo: Central Pacific Railroad Company and Huntington, Hopkins & Co. Hardware Store, Old Town Sacramento, California You may have recognized this building as the backdrop for my website. The Big Four Building consists of the Huntington, Hopkins & Co Hardware store, Stanford Brothers Warehouse, and Nathaniel Dingley Steam Coffee & Spice Mill. Aside from the …