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Fun With A Camera

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been to the American River to work on that other project of mine.  With a weekend relatively free of scheduled activities, I decided to head there this weekend, and with my younger son due to get up at 4:30 to head to school for an academic competition, I decided to get up at the same time and catch the sunrise somewhere along the American River.

I was going to head here.  It’s a spot just east of Sac State, right under the Howe Avenue Bridge.  I thought it would be a good place to get the sunrise reflecting off the river with little impact from the IMG_4896modern world.  No bridges, buildings, or much of anything other than the the sky, the water and the opposite riverbank.

I mentioned my plans to a colleague, who lives much closer to the river than I do.  He suggested instead a bluff on the northwestern edge of Lake Nimbus, suggesting that it provided quite a view.


I decided to follow his advice and being the whacko I am, I got there an hour before sunrise was due to arrive.  I didn’t want to miss it, you know.  Besides, any good sunrise lasts for quite awhile.  It’s beauty doesn’t hit at the designated moment, but instead, develops over time.

When I got there it was dark.  Lights from Folsom twinkled on the other side of the lake.  I tried to take some pictures of them.  Not very successfully.  Here’s the first one.  IMG_4787

It’s one of those things I have yet to figure out — the best way to take pictures when it is dark.  Of course, it would help if I had a tripod.  But I don’t.  I kept trying, resting the camera on my car, but when the shutter remains open for a second or two, it’s pretty hard to get the picture right.

I had a brainstorm while I struggled away with what to do until the sun began to cast its light on the world.








And ta-da, the moon.  This is what happens when it’s 6:30 in morning and I’m sleep deprived.


The first picture in this post?  The one where I originally planned on going was also taken this morning, about an hour after sunrise.  And for those too lazy to click over to my other blog, this is what I was looking for…



An Accidental Picture

Sometimes, the accidents prove to the best pictures.  Yesterday, as I wandered the river for my new blog project, I found a spot where I could sit right at the river’s edge.  It’s where I took the picture I posted yesterday.  I sat there and looked out over the river and down the bank and at the water closer to me.  There was something moving.  It looked like there was a little bit of white sticking out of the water and some white under the surface.  From my angle, it looked like some kind of white worm, something I had never seen before.  And it was moving with what seemed like intent and purpose.  I watched for a few seconds and then stood up to take a picture of it.  Here it is.  A feather.



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