We’re having a heat wave: Sundial Bridge at night, Redding, California

This week we are enduring triple digits every day. Relief may come on Saturday, and it’s only Tuesday. So here I sit, editing photos in my air conditioned office, trying to catch up. I’ve almost finished the San Francisco trip, I took with Linda, at the beginning of the month.

In the meantime, I’m hoping to opt in on some online courses. Yes, I’ve decided the next path on my photographic journey will be education–at least more than the free tutorials offer. When I realized that I knew most of what those tutorials offer, I felt accomplished. So now I’m moving on.

Triple digits are more normal in the Redding area than here in Sacramento. These photos were taken in May when the temperatures were lower and the weather beautiful. I’m posting some afternoon images of the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in the Turtle Bay Exploration Park. This is a relatively new addition to this park which also is home to the Sundial Bridge.

When we came back to shoot the bridge at sundown, we were slightly disappointed. I called it a wimpy sunset. Furthermore, they didn’t have the bridge lit up. I was told by a staff member that it would be. Oh well, I did practice some slow shutter , smoothing out the water. I don’t think captions are necessary here.


UC Davis Arboretum, Davis, California

I do appreciate the coordinators of the photography meetups I attend. They get me out with my camera, and I learn. This meetup was at the UC Davis Arboretum. The only difficulty I had was finding it. Both my passenger, a young exchange student, and I couldn’t find the correct meeting place let alone the arboretum itself. Finally after going around in a big circle, we called the coordinator and said we hoped to meet him in the arboretum. Of course, we still didn’t know where it was! So, we asked. “It’s right in back of you,” said the student. And sure enough, it was. And it was a beatuiful 3 1/2 mile walk. It’s well worth going to, but understand it borders the creek on both sides. We did meet up with the coordinator and other photographer members, and had a great time.