October 13, 2009

lighting up China Camp

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photo by Donald Kinney

I don't think I've ever seen this landscape appear the same way twice.   I snagged the scene here as daylight was quickly losing it's grasp on the Pickelweed.

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Lights, camera, freeze the action -- lets go back about 63 years when I was still just the fizz in a bottle of 7-Up.

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This is the formerly glorious and still all-lit-up Sea Breeze.   Today without windows and large cracks in her hull, the sea breeze freely flows through.   I applied the "Smart Blur" Photoshop filter to the boat image to clean her up a bit.

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Electricity didn't come to China Camp until everybody else had theirs -- I suppose the excuse was that China Camp was just too-far-out-in-the-boonies.   But when electricity finally did arrive, makeshift poles were constructed, many of which still survive -- similar to that triangular wooden piece.

This is your general view of China Camp "proper".   Frank Quan's house is just out of sight in the foreground, and the seldom open restaurant is that bit of roof in the lower right corner.

Stop back tomorrow for more photos of China Camp including a new image of Frank Quan.

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Rhett Redelings said...

Saturday afternoon, we drove past China Camp and out past the civic center. It looked much like the top photo and I was momentarily overcome by a sense of wonder that I get to live in a part of the world so beautiful. We didn't have time to stop so I'm particularly grateful to you for documenting a bit of that beauty and reminding me that I need to spend more time out there.

tangobaby said...

Lovely light in that first photo. It looks so quiet and peaceful.

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