Deer Creek Hills Preserve

Deer Creek Hills Preserve

Deer Creek Hills Preserve, just north of Rancho Murietta in eastern Sacramento County (California), is open for visitors to walk the trails on Saturday mornings in spring and fall (see the Events calendar at Sacramento Valley Conservancy to register). This was my first visit, last weekend, and probably not the last.

Deer Creek Hills Preserve

It’s a gently rolling landscape.Deer Creek Hills Preserve

North Pond

Deer Creek Hills Preserve

Blue Oaks (Quercus douglassii), a California endemic

Deer Creek Hills Preserve

Lupinus bicolor, a small annual lupine

Deer Creek Hills Preserve

Another common spring annual, Butter-and-Eggs or Johnny-Tuck (Triphysaria eriantha … used to be an Orthocarpus)Deer Creek Hills Preserve

A seasonal stream

Deer Creek Hills Preserve

More blue oaksDeer Creek Hills Preserve

A large vernal pool

 

 


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Catching Up

It’s late winter now in the Bodie Hills, but I’m still catching up on processing of images from a photographically productive visit last October. Here are some of the latest.

Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie State Historic Park

 

The Bodie Foundation has scheduled some evening and early morning photo and tour opportunities at Bodie State Historic Park for the coming summer and fall. Proceeds will help to fund much-needed restoration of buildings damaged by the earthquakes in nearby Fletcher Valley last December.


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Glowing Words in the Landscape

For several months I’ve been following and enjoying the Photoshop artistry of Victoria Siemer, a.k.a. “Witchoria.” You can see some of her work on Tumblr, Instagram, Behance, Society6, and Facebook. I especially like her “Illuminated” series, in which she adds glowing text—often resembling neon signs— to what appear to be night-time photographs. So when I saw that she was going to do a webcast for Adobe’s Creative Cloud Events to demonstrate her technique, I jumped at the opportunity to see how she does this. (And since I occasionally do visual simulations showing night-time lighting of proposed building projects for my work, this was also legitimate “training” time!)

Since then, I’ve played around with this a bit, incorporated Witchoria’s methods into my  Photoshop workflow, using my own images, with some different ideas about what the glowing text could “say.” Here are a few examples . . . .

38.30N 123.07W

Who Built This Wall?

No Vacancy

Not In Service

 


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