Thursday, June 25, 2009

SkyWatch- Thunderheads over the Sierra

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This first photo was taken last week. Our weather in the Sierra foothill area stays pretty much the same all summer: hot and dry with clear blue skies. Pretty boring for SkyWatch. But if I turn around 180 degrees, the Sierra mountain tops are busy fending off thunderheads like the one I captured here. This is looking east over Lake McClure and towards Hornitos which very few people may know is the birthplace of Ghirardelli Chocolate.



A favorite photo for a special friend . . .




This lovely church, Big D, is St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Hornitos, California. Hornitos was a thriving Hispanic village and gold rush town of 15,000 people in the 1860s. It was also the hangout of desperados including Joaquin Murieta. Now the town is barely awake with only a handful of homes, a few businesses and a post office. These days, most residents are four-legged and munch on the lush, green grass that grows profusely each spring. The area surrounding it is mostly large cattle ranches backing up to Lake McClure. This was taken in late winter, right before the trees sprouted and I thought it looked haunting in Sepia. I have more photos from sleepy Hornitos but I'll save them for another time. Enjoy your Friday!

8 comments:

Vicki said...

Love the first photo with the mountain against the sky.

I also love looking at old churches. This one's a beauty!

Linnea W said...

Yeah, our summer skies here in the Bay Area are boring, too...sometimes I can see thunderheads looming off in the distance over the central valley, but your view of the clouds over the Sierras is probably a lot better and more dramatic...

Sally in WA said...

Great capture of the thunderhead. Hornitos looks like an interesting little town to visit.

Guy D said...

Gotta love the summer skies, great shots Caprice.

Have a nice weekend
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Ida said...

Beautiful church and pictures. :)

Wanda said...

I miss some of the interesting pictures and foothils in Central valley.

The church picture is clasic.


Thanks Caprice for stopping by so often on my blog, and fb....love keeping in touch.

Give all your family a big hug, and especially Raymond.

LOL:Wanda

Judy said...

Caprice, these two photos are so different, yet they both have a very soft feel to them. I found myself staring at the mountains and the clouds, and noticing the little changes in texture. Then I was looking at the old church framed against the sky, and thinking it was such an old feeling photo.

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

Great photos! I really enjoyed them!