Auburn is another fine Gold Country town near Sacramento, California. Auburn is known for its mining and mandarins. But, for those looking for something random and unusual look no farther than Dr. Fox’s Colossal Statues.
One giant Gold Miner can be seen from the freeway welcoming visitors and passersby. This gold minor embodies the Gold Rush and is the unofficial mascot of the town.
Stranger and slightly more controversial are the naked Amazonian women and their friend in bondage who sit and protect a local auto mechanic’s shop.
I remember driving by these tall muses on my way to a yoga class one day and nearly drove off the road. One just doesn’t expect to see something like this in the middle of an old fashioned gold country town. And from what I understand they were quite controversial at one time.
Happy Thursday everyone. Meet the doors of Old Town Auburn, California. Auburn is another great city which has its roots in the Gold Rush. It has changed a lot over the years and is growing regularly. It is known for its vibrant Old Town, its mandarins, and its wine believe it or not. I took some inspiration from Norm 2.0 and snapped some colorful photos of its doors for you.
Auburn has Chinese history with agricultural and gold mining workers from the 1800’s.
Nothing like a firehouse door…
This door maybe needs a little work but I like the older style
Makes you wonder what’s on the other side, huh?
A little bunting leftover from the 4th of July
I never grow tired of patina like this
Let’s hope no one ever takes this door down
One of the charming storefronts
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It is so hot and dry in Northern California right now (Around 100-110F/ or 38-43C) it’s intolerable at times. What can possibly thrive in this heat?
Sunflowers friends, sunflowers can! It’s sunflower season in the country so I took a quick drive to the Davis area and took some shots in a flower field before it got too hot and before the bees ran me off. The sky is slightly hazy with smoke from surrounding fires which only got progressively worse after I took these photos. So enjoy my cheerful sunflowers and stay cool friends!
A stretch of the American River bike trail has been dedicated to the man in Black – The Johnny Cash Trail. I had driven my multiple times seeing a piece of large art in the shape of a guitar with no clue as to why a random giant guitar was on the side of the road. I later learned the city dedicated the area to Johnny Cash.
The stretch of the beautiful bike trail runs parallel to the Folsom Prison tying it all together to his famous song “Folsom Prison Blues.” The trail is very pleasant and very easy. My only criticism would be several signs with plans for public art related to Cash which are planned for the future but not yet complete. The portion of trail I walked on had no direct connection to Cash other than the Robber’s Ravine Bridge with a marker noting some Cash trivia. Well, actually come to think of it I do have one other criticism, the portion of the trail which overlooks Folsom Lake does not have parking and was too far to walk with a baby in a stroller so I never made it to the end where the overlook and Cash guitar Pick art would have greeted me.
Regardless, the trail is worth a visit in cool weather. But, other stretches of the bike trail are frankly far more beautiful and parallel the water while one is walking. I’m glad I went because now my curiosity is sated. But, until the public art is complete I likely won’t be back.
Robber’s Ravine Bridge
This would have been even prettier a month or so ago when everything was still green
I couldn’t help but think that this little wild flower was trying to break out of prison
For you parents out there my son learned how to “moo” on this walk!
Fairytale town, located in Land Park, is a staple for all young Sacramentans. I came here as a kid and recently took my young son for the first time. Memories came flooding back. The park has been gussied up thank goodness with fresh paint and new additions everywhere. This is great since it was a little tired in the 70’s when I was a kid. (Doing the math though, it makes sense, because most of the park was built in the 50’s so it was already old when I was running around climbing on fantastic representations of our favorite fairytales.)
The crooked mile is as crooked as I remember, the old lady is still living in her shoe, the three little pigs are probably on their 20th generation by now, and kids can still have a safe place to run around and be free even on a life size piece of Swiss cheese if they so desire.
I’ve never heard of a place like this anywhere else short of Disneyland and the other large, busy, and expensive amusement parks. Does anyone have anything like this on their end of the world?
Mind you head!
We were treated to a violin concert by a group of little ones.
The crooked mile may not be an actual mile but it still charms the kids the same way it did when I was young.
I have always had a fondness for Calla Lilies since my Grandmother had a yard full of them. I found the color and shape of these from the Maple Rock Garden Bloomtastic event interesting and unusual. They look park leaf, part flower, park lili pad to me.
This concludes my Maple Rock Gardens series. I hope you have enjoyed your macro garden tour! Thank you for joining me. Be sure to tip your driver!
Sometimes I just take a photo of something seemingly benign and it turns in to something pretty. (Yes folks, that’s a dead palm leaf.) The shadows and color in these photos bring me to somewhere sunny and tropical. It was a lovely little oasis at “Bloomtastic 2018” at Maple Rock Gardens.
Hi there Hydrangea. The colors of these flowering bushes at Maple Rock Gardens were spectacular. Blues and purples in nature can be perfection.