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Welcome to our web site! We've enjoyed working with digital photography since 1998 when we bought our first digital camera, the odd-shaped Kodak DC40. Around the same time, we bought a scanner that included Photoshop 3.5 as part of the software bundle. In 2007 we thought it was time to put up our own Web site. We decided to learn Dreamweaver CS3 for this project and along the way we polished up our Photoshop skills. We have amassed a huge collection of photos that we've taken around our home, during day trips and vacations throughout the United States, Africa, Europe, Canada and Mexico. Today, our cameras of choice are the Sony Alpha 7R Mark II mirrorless camera and the Nikon D810. We stopped "clicking" just long enough to get our picture taken during out trip to Greece.

John and Virginia in front of Parthenon in Athens Greece

We live in the Sierra Nevada Mountain foothills of Northern California. We get some spectacular sunrises, stunning sunsets and sensational storms. When that happens, we grab our cameras and start snapping away. Our hard drive is packed with thousands of pictures of our home and surroundings. The photographh below shows a cool, sunny fall morning with a fog bank blanketing the surrounding foothills.

View off our back deck.

This is the front of the house and the front circle.

This is the front of the house

During periods of generous snowfall, the Sierra Nevadas are blanketed with snow for much of the year.

The Sierra Nevada Mountains.

In this area of the foothills, redbuds generally start to bloom in early March. They display a deep magenta color that contrasts beautifully with the green hillside. Sometimes storms arise creating dramatic lighting effects. This storm combined an ominous ceiling along with a wide expanse of billowy clouds.

The redbuds in our back yard

Mule ears start showing their sunny yellow faces around April.

Mule ears.

El Dorado County contains many rolling hills dotted with redbuds (Cercis occidentalis), digger pines, manzanita, mule ears and a host of other interesting plants. It is also home to "Gold Country". Gold was discovered in nearby Coloma in 1848. (We haven't discovered any yet.) Also, nearby is Placerville, a.k.a., Old Hangtown.

The back yard with incoming fog

The Sierra Nevada Mountains are directly to the east of us. Maybe that's why we get so many glorious sunrises. Sometimes the sky will be just a light pink and other times it will be a dark red mixed with gold and deep blue. It's often so pretty we can't help but snap away. Thank goodness for digital photography. The pictures below are some of our sunrises and sunsets taken throughout the years.

A summer sunrise with blooming oleanders.A stormy looking sunrise.



Sunset with palm and gazebo. The palm is gone.

The more colorful sunsets reflect off of our rear windows in interesting ways.

Rear of house with sunset painted windows.

We often get some curious, and hungry, visitors in our back yard.

Deer in the back yard.

After storms we are often rewarded with rainbows.

Rainbow by barn.

Rainbow by cars.

Some winter days it's just foggy.Foggy day view of backyard and gazebo.

So it's nice to go inside and fire up the wood stove.Living room shot with wood stove.

This is a picture of one of our back yard sunset with Mt Diablo on the horizon.

Mt Diablo as seen from our back yard

This is another sunset photograph taken in our back yard.

Sunset from our back yard

Double rainbows in front yard.

Double Rainbow in our front yard


Stormy day.

Front Circle

Sunny day.

Back yard in the spring


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