Years ago I went to Safari West on a photography trip where I took some of my favorite photos. Since having my son traveling to this location with him has been high on my list. Kids have to be four to take the trip on the Jeeps. After a brief pause during COVID and two massive forest fires that ravaged the area we finally made it. It decided to rain for the first time in eight months but we made it! We saw baby giraffes and baby zebras (not pictured sadly), gorgeous birds, lemurs, cheetahs, tortoises, and lots of other African animals. My son got to run free and play in the mud puddles. It was a wonderful trip and seeing a five day old giraffe was worth every penny.
Instagram introduced me to a local phenomenon I had never heard of, Table Mountain near Oroville, California. Table Mountain is an interesting geological feature in and of itself. There are even tall waterfalls for goodness sake! Who knew? Well, throw a blanket of wildflowers all over it and I am game for a road trip. The lack of a trail made it a little confusing and the wind got tiresome after a few hours. But, there is no denying Mother Nature was showing off her Spring Powers here today and I was fortunate to have experienced it. I met some lovely people on the trail which made for a nice morning trip with my camera. Sending you spring sunshine from Northern California.
It’s never felt better to say Happy New Year Everyone! Many thanks to all of you for taking some of your precious time to read and visit my blog in 2020. I hope I was able to play some tiny part in making this rough year more tolerable for all of you particularly those of you who were housebound for all or much of the year.
Included below are links to a few of my most visited blogs from the 2020 plus maybe a few of my favorites peppered in for balance! It feels like I haven’t been anywhere in 2020 or seen anything but this little exercise going through my photos and posts certainly says different. (So thanks for that.) Cheers for a better 2021 wherever you are! Be Healthy and Happy Travels wherever you go.
We could all use a little help please! I feel ya Batman. I feel ya. #WIDEOPENWALLS916
Thursday Doors with Norm 2.0 gave me inspiration to include some photos from the Folsom Power house in downtown Folsom, California. The powerhouse is a state park and nestles up against one of the most beautiful stretches of the American River and the American River Bike Trail. It never grows old walking over the rainbow bridge even when the air is smoky from fires and unclear. Take a walk/ride down the bike trail and stop for some coffee when you are done at any number of lovely places to eat…
“Snakes! Why’d it have to be snakes?” These massive snakes are down at the bottom of an alleyway. As great as the art is it makes walking down the dark smelly alleyway a little more intimidating than normal. I’ve been meaning to capture this one for a while now but traffic never allowed for it until now. I snapped this and got the heck out of there! For more less scary walls click here and tell me your favorites.
This art wall reminds me of some of the Impressionism I have been fortunate enough to see in museums throughout the world. I wonder what the great artists would think of all of this temporary “graffiti art” on walls and buildings? I would like to think they would be right up there with scaffolding doing it themselves. What do you think?
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