Man fishing at Sugar Pine Reservoir, Foresthill, California.
“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime” ~ Author unknown
I have always loved that quote! This is one of the photos from my photo shoot at Sugar Pine Reservoir last weekend. The day all lined up so well, once we got up there and found a quiet spot to call our own for the afternoon.
The few little black spots in the image (if you look really close) are actually bugs. I started cloning them out in Photoshop at first. After removing a few of them, I decided they could stay…for now anyway. When I get ready to upload it to our Photography Website, I will think again.
Thoughts anyone? Would you remove the bugs, or leave it “Au Natural?”
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Sherri X-C Skiing with Cocoa at China Wall OHV Staging Area, Foresthill, California.
My series on the Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park will continue soon, after I give a snow update on China Wall.
One of the most popular searches on this Photo Blog currently is for the snow conditions at China Wall. Since Jeff and I took the day off on Tuesday to cross country ski there, I thought I would give a snow update for those of you looking for information on this location. I am pleased to report that there was about 3 feet of good snow.
China Wall is one of our favorite spots to ski and snowshoe. It is close to where we live in Auburn. We can take our dog, Cocoa. There is no fee. There are no crowds. And there is no traffic getting there, compared to traveling up highway 80. What more can you ask for?
NOTE: There are usually a few very courteous snowmobilers up there. But, if you want to avoid them, the best time to go is mid-week. There is also plenty of area for you to ski on, where they don’t go.
For more information on China Wall, please refer to my other posts under the Foresthill Category.
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For 17 days now, this is what it has looked like around here. The forest fires currently burning about 30-miles or so from Auburn near Foresthill (in Placer County), were just ranked #1 in the nation. [click to continue…]
Snowy shoreline and reflections at Sugar Pine Reservoir, Foresthill, CA
For this shot of Sugar Pine Reservoir, I eliminated the sky. One way to add impact to your photographs is by eliminating the sky, especially when it’s not all that interesting.
For more on this, read my post When in doubt – leave it out!
Sugar Pine Reservoir, Foresthill, California.
Sugar Pine Reservoir is located near China Wall, just a few miles from Foresthill and about 45 minutes from Auburn.
As I mentioned in a previous post, it is one of our favorite places to visit in the summer. We have also visited in the spring. It’s great too, especially if you have a passion for wildflowers. You will find an abundance of them, in many varieties.
But, one thing my husband and I had never done is to visit there in the winter. On our day trip the other day to China Wall, we also checked out Sugar Pine. We couldn’t get in to the boat launch area on that particular day, as it had not been plowed yet. But, we were able to park at the dam on the other side. They keep the main road plowed during the winter, as it is an alternative route to highway 80 from the Foresthill area.
We were glad we took the time to check it out. It’s much prettier in the winter than it is in the summer, which made this a great photo opportunity.
Directions – follow the directions to the China Wall Staging Area. Then turn left at the sign to Sugar Pine Reservor and follow it for about 6-miles. This turn off is about 4-miles before you get to China Wall.
Auburn-Foresthill Road nearing China Wall, Foresthill, California.
Are you planning to head up to China Wall this weekend for a little cross country skiing, snowshoeing or perhaps snowmobiling?
I shot this photo through the windshield, on our way to China Wall last Thursday. I think it does a better job of showing you how much snow there is, than any of the photos in my previous posts on China Wall. Jeff and I have been up there many times in the past and never witnessed conditions as good as this!
How I got the shot
To get this shot, I used a shutter speed of 1/10 sec and a aperture of f 22. The reason I choose this combination of settings was to enable me to use the technique of zooming to show a little motion. You can see my zoom results in the foreground, on both sides of the photo.
You can learn all about zooming in one of my most popular posts “How to create great zooms.”
For more information on China Wall
Check out my previous posts from the last few days, for more information and photos of the China Wall area.
Snow covered ridge at sunset, China Wall, near Foresthill, California.
I was heading back to the truck, when I got a glimpse of the sun setting on this ridge. This is looking northeast of where the two previous China Wall Sunset shots were taken.
China Wall Sunset, near Foresthill, California.
This shot was taken shortly after the previous China Wall Sunset shot. You are looking in the same direction too, but just a little bit south.
Sierra Sunset at China Wall, near Foresthill, CA.
You are looking out over the American River Canyon, with the Sacramento Valley in the middle and the California Coastal Range in the far distance.
I will be posting more photos of China Wall this week.
Carole Andersen X-C skiing at China Wall, near Foresthill, California.
I didn’t take my camera with me while Jeff and I were skiing on Thursday. Skiing and photographing can be quite a challenge for me, especially when it’s my first time out for the season! The hardest part is protecting my camera gear if I fall.
As I mentioned in my post snowshoeing for photos and fitness, it’s a lot easier to snowshoe for photos, than it is to ski for photos. But, I wanted to post a photo of someone cross country skiing at China Wall, so I am using a photo I took on a previous trip of our friend, Carole.
The snow on Thursday looked much like this. Carole is skiing on the Auburn-Foresthill Road, which they groom periodically. But, if the road is not your thing, you can ski on either side of the road on trails and side roads. There is a really nice trail along the ridge, overlooking the American River Canyon. We actually got to make the trail along the ridge for the first time on this trip. It was awesome!
See my last post for directions to the China Wall Staging Area, near Foresthill, California.
Happy cross country skiing and snowshoeing!