All photos by Barbara Matthews

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Litton Trail in Bloom June 21, 2014

The flowers along one of my favorite local trails hit the peak of their bloom
on the first day of summer. I was glad I decided to take my camera along 
on that day because just a week later many are already gone. Photos were taken
the Sony NEX 3N.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Nights

I love summer nights, especially here in Nevada County. Cool breezes are a wonderful relief from the heat of the day. Clear dark skies allow for some wonderful opportunities to photograph the Milky Way. This week I experimented with panorama images of the Milky Way. I find myself wondering if I will be lucky enough to photograph the Milky Way next summer while on the Appalachian Trail, only time will tell. 

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A seven vertical image panorama of the Milky Way
 in the dark skies over Nevada County, CA

A five horizontal image panorama of the Milky Way 
taken a little bit later and a few miles further down the road.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Farewell Spring, Hello Summer

I went up to the high country to try and get some shots of the Milky Way last night. 
High clouds obscured it when I was up at Donner Summit. 
Luckily I saw a patch of very dark sky on my drive home and 
pulled over to catch a quick shot. 
I do love the dark skies above Nevada County. 

A Glimpse of the Night Sky
taken along Hwy 20 in Nevada County

Hello Summer
Summer on the horizon. Taken from Rainbow Bridge turn out above
Truckee and Donner Lake. A steady stream of traffic flows down the summit 
on I-80 on the left side of the image.

Farewell Spring

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Donner Summit sunset

High Sierra summer season has arrived. Late afternoon thunderstorms,
 beautiful sunsets and swarms of mosquitoes. This shot was taken 
a few yards down old hwy 40 from where the PCT crosses it at Donner Summit. 
A beautiful view well worth a few extra steps.