Rudzinskas.org Web Site
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, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Oceania.
Today, our cameras of choice are the Sony Alpha A1 and the Sony Alpha 7R Mark IV mirrorless cameras. We have our prime, our wide, and our telephoto lenses to play with. We were just about to make our reservations to China and Japan for our 2020 vacation when COVID19 raised its ugly head. Thankfully, we hadn't given them the payment yet. Unfortunately, things haven't changed much so it looks like we'll be travelling locally this year.
Here are some pictutres taken from our house. The "header" picture at the top of the page is taken from our front porch. We had our land cleared as a fire-break this year so we added some photos showing how different it looks. We like the new look!
The photographh below is taken from our back deck and shows a cool, sunny fall morning with a fog bank blanketing the surrounding foothills.
This is a shot of one of our sunrises taken from our front yard.
This is a picture of one of our back yard sunset with Mt Diablo on the horizon.
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.
Mule ears start showing their sunny yellow faces around April.
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 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.
This is a picture of our gazebo in the side yard.
We often get some curious, and hungry, visitors in our back yard.
After storms we are often rewarded with rainbows. This is a rainbow over our barn.
This is a picture of the front circle with a rainbow over the Sierra Mountains.
This is a sunrise over the Golden Sierra Mountains. It was taken in our front yard.
This is a picture of our local turkey.