Two wonderful old buildings

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this weeks is Architecture:

What types of building appeal to you: Modern Art, Historical,  Colonial,  Gothic, European, Asian,  Commercial,  Industrial?  Take your pick. do you like?  Any building that you like, for any reason is appropriate for this week’s challenge.

I’m always fascinated by Victorian-style architecture, and there are plenty of great examples scattered throughout Northern California.  Here are two of my favorites.

Petaluma Silk Factory

It looks a little cockeyed since I took this as we drove by, but this old place, the Petaluma Silk Mill, has seen some fascinating history over its lifetime.  It was originally built in 1892 and then enlarged a few times since then.  It has manufactured a variety of products, including silk threads, silk and synthetic fishing lines, and synthetic tape and thread. The company finally closed in 2007, but the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Cohn Mansion, Folsom

This beautiful Queen Anne house was completed in 1894 (on the site of an earlier house built in 1860) and remained in the Cohn family until the 1960s.  It sits at the top of a hill on Scott Street, just off Folsom’s historic Sutter Street.  It was the first building in Folsom to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

WPC: Jubilant

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of May 20, 2016.

Jubilant, adjective: showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant… Let’s all end this week on a high note, with images that say jubilant.


Hey, guys — I just heard a rumor that we’re part of the Orangevale Pow Wow Days parade!  Isn’t that hilarious?  Somebody ought to let them know this parade is all about ME.


Jeez… don’t they know a Celebrity when they see one??



Hello, Peter Sagan!

I’m very happy right now because we just got back from standing  along the side of the new Folsom Lake Crossing bridge for 2 hours, watching the Individual Time Trial of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California.  This meant that every 2 to 3 minutes (more or less), a professional cyclist would flash past us; and if we happened to miss them the first time, going east, all we had to do was wait for them to come back around, going west.

We were all incredibly lucky too because the weather, which was cool and sometimes blustery, very kindly decided to wait until just after the race ended to blow up a rainstorm.

The Big Guy and I both took lots of pictures, and I can’t wait to share them — but for the moment, I’ll just post one.  This is Peter Sagan, the 26-year-old Slovakian rider who is presently the UCI World Road Race Champion.  He won the Amgen Tour of California in 2015 — that’s why he’s wearing the number 1 on his back.  He’s incredibly popular with race fans, and his special time trial suit is green because he currently holds the  Sprint Jersey, which means he’s leading the points competition.


We had a blast watching the race this year, and I’ll be sharing more about it soon!

Answers to What Is That?

I really enjoyed the “What’s This?” challenge brought to us by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge! A lot of the fun was visiting other people’s blogs and guessing at their items; but I also loved being the one with all the answers!

Before I reveal the answers to my two photos, I thought I’d share a wider view, just in case you’d still like to have a guess.  I’ll start with my second item.


In case that doesn’t help at all, the answer is below:


And now for my first object, I’ve got two wider views — and if you can remember what we blogging photographers used to do before the Internet was invented, this should start to make more sense!




Need more info??  Here’s the answer:


Thanks to Cee, and to all the lovely people who made their guesses on my blog!

And now I’m off to Folsom to watch Stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California!😀


What is that?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is called “What’s this?”

This challenge is to post a photo or two that you think viewers might be not be able to identify.  And let bloggers guess as to what object you photographed.  This is meant to be fun and hopefully will get us interacting with each other more than usual.

I’ll admit I found this challenging pretty frustrating… until finally a little bit of inspiration hit me.  I hope everybody has fun guessing what my photos are.



Thanks for the great guesses thus far.   I thought I’d add a few clues.  They are two very different, unrelated items, though both have to do with hobbies.

One of these items is new — though it’s not something you’d see every day unless you happen to be involved in the related hobby.

The other object is very vintage (though not antique).  The numbers are pretty important, to keep everything organized!

UPDATE:  The answers are HERE.


WPC: Face

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of May 13, 2016.

…share a photo of a face. It could be your own face; the face of a loved one, whose lines and creases you know well; or even a face out in the wild, where you least expect to see one.

Maybe because it was getting close to Halloween — but when I looked down and saw this “face,” all I could think of was zombies.

A zombie leaf? Is that a thing??




One flower is enough

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Single Flowers or Bud.

This week’s topic is a single flower or bud.  The concept for this challenge is to show off a single flower in all it’s glory.  It can be cropped a tiny bit but no macros of only part of a flower.

Not sure what flower, but I love that color!
Hibiscus flower
Camellia bud from my yard
The ladybug approves