When the Rains Came

What a difference a rain storm can make.

Before the rain.

After the rain.

In the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California, Calaveras County, near Valley Springs.

Backroads America: Sierra Nevada Foothills

I left Southern California on Saturday by train/ bus and headed north to Calaveras County, in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. The area was part of the 1849 California gold rush. My friends have a lovely pond and trees typical of the area. Water levels are very low.

New Melones Lake on the Stanislaus River, from the Calaveras County side looking toward Tuolume County. If you look closely, you can see the normal water level marks.

A 1922 replica of the cabin in which Mark Twain wrote The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County in 1864 is across the lake in Tuolume County.

We visited Campo Seco, an old mining community established in 1849. Gold died out but copper was discovered in 1859 and was mined until 1924. Camp Seco had a diverse population representing 40 ethnic groups. Much of the stone used in the old buildings has an unusual gem color.

Water is essential to California. The Pardee Reservoir and Dam, built in 1929 on the Mokelumne River which divides Calaveras and Amador counties.

The reservoir provides water to the eastern region of the San Francisco Bay area. This photo is looking almost straight east across the reservoir.

California Dreaming

Sunrise about 6:45 am west of Barstow, California. Near the end of my train journey.

Backroads America

The Sandia Mountains just east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Late afternoon.

I discovered that if I set my phone camera to “sport” and hold it against the window, the spots on the glass and the reflections don’t show. Color enhanced with Snapseed.

Backroads America

Wide open spaces: New Mexico

East of Santa Fe

Prairie Moonrise at Sunset

Dusk fell soon after the train departed Chicago. The gray skies cleared as the moon rose. Amazing what a smart phone can do through a dirty train window in low light. With a little help from Snapseed

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