Friday, October 20, 2017

Brush Fire

Airplane - Nevada  2017

As I approached Boomtown I noticed a black plume of smoke in the hills above the hotel. There was a brush fire being attacked by specialized planes dropping fire retardant. I was able to pull over and get some action shots before they declared victory and stopped.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

HIghway 395 South

Shack, Dry Lake - Sierra Nevada  2017

Meadow - Sierra Nevada  2017

Coming back to Boomtown from Alturas I traveled through semi-arid country east of the mountains, then turned west and gained some elevation, and some nice lush meadows.

The weather had cleared up considerably.

Coke Truck - Sierra Nevada  2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Leaving Alturas - Sightems

Sunflowers from Highway 395 - Modoc County  2017

Most Likely Cafe - Modoc County  2017

 A little tricky taking the sunflower photo . . . had to come to a complete stop right on the highway, at a certain spot (to avoid electrical wires). But very light traffic in back, so I was able to pull it off.

Cafe: Yelpers report this location has closed.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Leaving Alturas

Camero (Alturas) - Modoc County  2017

Sears Catalog Sales (Alturas) - Modoc County  2017

A few last photos taken in the AM before I headed south on highway 395. Very interesting area . . . will need to plan a return trip in a different season.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday Dog Blogging

Dog (Alturas) - Modoc County  2017

Seen as I walked from my hotel to the Wild Mustard, a local coffee shop, for coffee and an apple fritter.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Harold's Frosty

Diner Items (Alturas) - Modoc County  2017

Diner Interior (Alturas) - Modoc County  2017

Nice burger!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Government Buildings

Tulelake City Hall (Tulelake) - Siskiyou County  2007

Modoc County Courthouse (Alturas) - Modoc County  2017

2007 and 2017.

On a similar theme: the Bridgeport courthouse.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Modoc NWR - 4

Reeds, Mountains, Clouds (Modoc NWR) - Modoc County  2017

Reeds, Furrows, Clouds (Modoc NWR) - Modoc County  2017

The empty fields in the distance are apparently used by sandhill cranes when they pass through.

Like I said, I had the whole place to myself. Some of these photos might make nice prints. Wouldn't want to push the drama too far though.

Toyota RAV (Modoc NWR) - Modoc County  2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Modoc NWR - 3

Marsh, Reeds (Modoc NWR) - Modoc County  2017

Marsh Detail (Modoc NWR) - Modoc County  2017

Top photo a two-photo (top and bottom) merge using the E-PL7 / Panasonic lens combo.

Bottom photo taken with the Olympus E-M10 with a 75-300mm zoom lens.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Modoc NWR - 2

Marsh, Reflections (Modoc NWR) - Modoc County  2017

Marsh, Reeds (Modoc NWR) - Modoc County  2017

Dramatic lighting effects. Top photos taken with an Olympus E-PL7 and a Panasonic 12-60mm zoom lens.

As far as I could tell, I was the only person there.

Self Portrait (Modoc NWR) - Modoc County  2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Sunrise, Sunflowers, Ranch Buildings - Modoc County  2017

I set out early in the morning for a return visit to the wildlife refuge. Nice to see that the rain had reduced the smoke substantially and that there was a nice cloud cover.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday Heron Blogging

Heron (Modoc NWR) - Modoc County  2017

Nice overcast light after the rain. Still some sprinkles, but nothing major.

I followed this fellow as he made his way across the pond, then turned around for a profile photo.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Alturas Rain

Cloud from Motel (Alturas) - Modoc County  2017

Rain from Motel (Alturas) - Modoc County  2017

Distant thunderheads loomed high above the town when I returned to the motel (with burger and fries).

Later, a loud drumming noise outside: I opened the door to my room to discover a major downpour was going on!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Cedarville, Dorris Reservoir

Cedarville Grocery - Modoc County  2017

Cloud, Dorris Reservoir - Modoc County  2017

Continuing on over the Warner Mountains, one comes to Surprise Valley, and Cedarville, which will be deserving of a return trip.

Finally, a visit to the Dorris Reservoir. No wildlife, except for a lone egret down by the shoreline.

But some amazing clouds were starting to make an appearance.