Avenue of the Giants, and something small living in the shadows

We were traveling during the lead-up to the big storm. We drove through some rain, heading here from Sonoma, figuring no problem, the canopy in the forest will protect us from the rain. When we arrived, the sun came out!

Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt California
Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt California

This mushroom was growing below the fallen stump you see above.

A mushroom in Avenue of the Giants

The trees have an emanation. It is very peaceful here. I want to go back and stay longer.

Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt County California
Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt County California

Mendocino memories

We did some research to see if we could just move here. But then I realized, if we moved here, we couldn’t stay at the Brewery Gulch Inn any more, and that’s what I really want to do.

Brewery Gulch Inn
Brewery Gulch Inn
What was outside our window on the side. (Brewery Gulch Inn, King room.)
The side window of the Madrone room,
Our deck.
Our deck.

This was a great place for a writing retreat.

Plotting my next novel
Plotting my next novel,
What you see when you're driving down the road.
What you see when you’re driving down the road.
Little River gas station.
Little River (the next town) gas station and market,
Little River Post Office
Little River Post Office,
A view from Wild Fish
A view from Wild Fish
Another view from Wild Fish
Another view from Wild Fish.
Seafood rissotto
Seafood risotto.
Crab cakes
Crab cakes.
A dessert tart with the recommended dessert wine at Wild Fish.
A dessert tart with the recommended dessert wine at Wild Fish.
A park in Mendocino
A park in Mendocino.
The museum at the park.
The museum at the park.

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Brewery Gulch Inn. No, it's not a brewery! But they do provide plenty of beer...and wine.
Brewery Gulch Inn. No, it’s not a brewery! But they do provide plenty of beer…and wine.
Brewery Gulch Inn
Brewery Gulch Inn

Sonoma wine tasting

We sneaked in a little road trip between storms. Sonoma is lovely. There are so many wineries!

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I was surprised by how busy it was. I thought it would be quiet because it’s winter! But wine tasting is very popular.

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We enjoyed the less crowded tasting rooms the most.

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For the first time, I spit the wine out. I was always afraid to, but today I just did it. I was glad because I was able to taste a lot of wines. Usually I’m done after 3 or 4. It is an acceptable and even expected thing to do, thankfully! Then I could enjoy my glass of wine with dinner after we returned safely to the cottage.

We bought a lot of wine and had a lot of fun!

 

Alpine Meadows California and The Rule of Thirds

My focus right now is composition. I’m not doing much if any post-processing. I’ve been experimenting with the Rule of Thirds as described in this outstanding article: Two Seconds to Better Photos by Michelle W.

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I like how those turned out, but sometimes during my photo shoot walk, I grew frustrated and just put the subject in the middle.  I love the knot hole in this dead tree.

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Here’s the same tree from a different angle, obeying the rule of thirds, at least a little more.

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I do prefer the composition of the second photo.

Here’s another one where I just wanted the subject in the middle. I call it, Standing Tall.

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And last but not least, I loved the majestic mountain and the sky at this moment. I think the rule of thirds wouldn’t work with this, but I don’t know. I like that big peak right where it is.

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San Luis Obispo California

This really cute, central California coast town has an historic mission:

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The mission is quite actively part of the community of San Luis Obispo, with a large, well attended church. They host lots of fun, family events in the gorgeous courtyard area between the mission and the river that runs through the town.

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The town has these really nice street lamps:

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along the river walk.

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Bubble Gum Alley is a tourist attraction. No, I did not add any chewed gum to the effort.

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I loved the library.

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The museum is also really cute and modern.

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This hangs on the outside of the museum, visible as you approach from the main street.

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There are lots of places to eat downtown. The SLO Brewery has great food:

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and, of course, beer.

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I don’t know if we would call this covered passageway an “arcade” like they do in Australia, but we should. It’s good to have a word for it.

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If you walk through the arcade you end up at one of the restaurants overhanging the creek.

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I love how you can see small mountains from the town. It reminds me of Townsville, Australia.

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Also like Townsville, I think the town commissioned some street art to cover a utility box.

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