Just one of life’s challenges: Locke, California

If you read my previous post, you’d know that I left my tripod at home and was without it for our Tuesdays With Seniors Sacramento Delta trip. So when we reached Locke shortly after lunch, my challenge was to shoot this wonderful town full of historical buildings without doing HDR.

And, those of you who have been following this blog for a while know that I’ve worked hard to become one with my tripod and to rely on it for many types of shooting occasions. Past shoots have taught me that you can’t really do HDR handheld, and I almost always shoot HDR when I come across rustic buildings, etc. So I shot Locke handheld and tried to add an HDR look in processing.

“Locke was founded in 1915 after a fire broke out in the Chinese section of nearby Walnut Grove. The Chinese who lived in that area decided that it was time to establish a town of their own. Levee construction originally brought the Chinese to this area, but by the time Locke was built most of the work was in farm labor. Locke had many businesses that catered to the farm workers and residents of this region. In the 1940’s restaurants, bakeries, herb shops, fish markets, gambling halls, boarding houses, brothels, grocery stores, a school, clothing stores, and the Star Theater lined the bustling streets of Locke. At its peak 600 residents, and as many as 1500 people occupied the town of Locke.  By 1920 Locke stood essentially as you see it now.

“On August 2, 1970, Locke was added to the registry of national historical places, by the Sacramento County Historical Society, because of its unique status as the only town in the United States built exclusively by the Chinese for the Chinese.” Check www.locketown.com for more information on this amazing town.

Now, you can see Locke shot with my handheld camera. Did I overcome the challenge?

Cross Country: Texarkana and Dallas, Texas

June 14, 2013

It’s HOT! Even by Sacramento standards, it’s HOT. Okay, I’m being a whiner, but the trailer hasn’t recovered, air conditioning wise, from the trip to Texarkana.

It was a beautiful and uneventful drive. Although listed on the Arkansas side of the border our KOA is actually in Texas. This is a nice RV Park with a pond. I’m hoping to go down there when it’s cooler and shoot some photos.

In the meantime, I have some pictures from the Thanksgiving Square in Dallas, which was completed in 1976. This is a park dedicated to the spirit of giving thanks and world peace. Although it is faith based, it favors no particular religion. In fact, the mosaic of the painting, The Golden Rule by Norman Rockwell, was given to the U.S. Government and presented to the UN in 1985. It shows people of all faiths.

It’s a pretty park, but its shining star is the Chapel and the Glory Window, a spiral of stained glass windows.

Well, the thermometer tells me that the inside temperature has dropped to a chilling 89°. Yes, I’m telling myself that it is chilling—maybe mind over matter will help me beat the heat!

Cross country: Plano and Dallas, TexasJune 13, 2013

June 13, 2013

Eat and talk some more—that’s what we did yesterday, Wednesday, June 12. It was a wonderful day. I went to lunch with Ruth and her girlfriends and Richard went to lunch with Paul and the guys. We were right across the street from each other, but you’d never know it. Talking through dinner allowed us time to truly get to know each other. It’s amazing how much we have in common. I’m hoping it won’t be so long until we see them again. And when we do, guess what we’ll be doing!

Why did the truck take the freeway? To see what its passengers could see! Yes, we drove into Dallas today just to look around. I’m posting some images of buildings I shot as we walked the downtown streets. We also visited Thanksgiving Square and the Dallas Heritage Village. I’ll post those pictures tomorrow.

Dallas is huge compared with Sacramento (a small town that is now growing up and the political hub of California). I was impressed that a lot of what we saw was new: tall buildings and a great deal of glass. I’m sure there is an old section, but we didn’t drive into it; nor could we see it from the highway.

We will take to the highway again tonight, but not for long. We are going to the IMAX Theater to see the new Star Trek movie. Tomorrow? We may move on to Texarkana. Who knows where the truck will lead us?

Cross country: Plano, Texas

We have arrived! And to welcome us, Plano turned up the heat—about 10° (about 97°). We’ve settled in our RV Park and are enjoying the trailer as it cools down. We don’t have the greatest air conditioning system. It keeps it about 10° cooler than outside.

The drive here was great. The countryside is green with ranches. Some of the houses are spectacular. The freeway system is impressive through the bigger cities. Texas is still making inroads into my heart.  Sorry, but I didn’t take any drive by or rest stop shots today. But, yesterday’s RV Park was on the Wichita Falls River and I did take some of the water. I couldn’t do too much because every time I took Gem out, he got full of stickers.

This RV Park is old, but okay. At least there are shade trees to help our air conditioner. This is the first time during the trip that we’ve been able to open the blinds and not be blasted by the sun.

Tomorrow, we are meeting Paul and Ruth and will spend the next couple of days with them. I’m excited about the prospect. In the meantime, it’s laundry, shopping, etc. Can you believe that we’ve been on the road a week?

Think cooler weather for us please. Paul wants to take us to the arboretum, and, of course, it’s outdoors!