Pioneer Cabin Tunnel Tree

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I woke up yesterday morning Jan.9, 2017 to read that the Pioneer Cabin Tunnel Tree in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Northern California had fallen over on Sunday Jan.8, 2017. What a sad event to the Jan.2017 storm.

I first visited that tree as and others like it when I was a girl with my family, and later when all grown up, married with children of my own I took my children there to see the wonderful Big Trees.

They are Sequoias and Redwoods.

The Pioneer Cabin Tunnel Tree is was over 1,000 years old and still living before it toppled on Sunday.  137 years ago before the land was a state park the owners cut a tunnel out of the tree. I suppose a cabin fit in there at one time or could have hence the name.  Once long ago visitors could drive through it. Today it’s a hiking/walking trail only.  It was located on the North Grove trail in the park; an easy, flat hike of about 1.5 mile loop.

I was there last in June 2011 to photograph the Dogwoods in bloom (see that post here)

When I got to the Pioneer Cabin Tunnel Tree I made a self portrait in the tree tunnel. A rare thing, but today I’m so glad I did b/c I can’t recall making an image of my kids in the tunnel tree. My photos and albums are boxed up in the garage somewhere. I still haven’t unpacked everything from the remodel, and the photos my Mom had of us kids in it are long gone. Lost in all the moves, or the divorce? Sadly, no one can find them.

Deborah at the Pioneer Cabin Tree

Giant Sequoias and Redwoods have a shallow root system and are so tall they are susceptible to strong winds is what I read.

A sad day. This tree will be missed.

To see the felled tree and read one newspapers account of it click here.

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 17-35mm @17mm| SanDisk Digital Film| PS CC 2017

More to come…

Thursday Doors 37/52

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I didn’t get out on a Doorscursion this week so I’ve dug into my NYC trip files to post a door from my May 2016 trip.

One of the “must do” places we visited was the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) there I spied many doors on display!

Here’s one I photographed:

Pair of Carved Doors in the Beveled Style: 9th Century

Information from the MET regarding the pair:

“This carved pair (with 31.119.2) of teak doors imported into Iraq from Southeast Asia is probably from a royal or domestic residence. They epitomize the Beveled style—a symmetrical, abstract, vegetal form—and were probably originally painted and highlighted with gilding. The doors are said to have been found at Takrit, but were probably originally made in Samarra, the palace city of the Abbasid caliphs for a brief time in the mid‑ninth century.”

Carved Doors 9th Century

I loved finding ancient doors in the Museum.  It was nice to know that there have been door lovers for a long, long time, and some thought to save this lovely pair.  🙂

Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2015.5

This post is part of Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors.  If you love doors and would like to see the doors others are posting, or post doors you’ve photographed and join other door lovers from around the world click here.

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Thursday Doors 14/52 Hearst Castle Guest Room

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At the end of March while down in Morro Bay, CA. He-Man and  I visited Hearst Castle. It had been over 30 yrs since our last visit.  The tours and visitors center have changed since our first visit.

We saw a bit of everything back then, but this time that wasn’t an option so, we chose to the Upstairs Guest Rooms, Hearst’s Bedroom, and Marion Davies Bedroom.

I’ll be sharing more doors and rooms in future posts, but here’s a Guest room door.

It was one of the most decorative and opulent doors I saw while on the tour.

Hearst Castle Guest Bedroom Door

 

 

The entire bedroom was gorgeous; trimmed with gold leaf, and works of art on the walls, and decorating the furniture.

Guest Bedroom Hearst Castle

Mantle in Guest Bedroom Hearst Castle

A view of the castle while riding up the hill to the castle in the transport bus.

Hearst Castle from the Visitors Center

More about Hearst Castle from Wiki-Pedia

Hearst Castle is a National and California Historical Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, United States. It was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947[3] for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951. The California Park Commission voted to approve its inclusion in the California State Park System, which was approved by the California State Legislature in 1954 with a proposed admission charge of $1 per person ($9 adjusted for inflation) and a 50¢ bus ride.[4] However, ironing out the details with the Trustees of the Hearst Estate and the Hearst Corporation took several years. Agreement was finalized in 1957, and it opened in 1958.[5] Since that time it has been maintained within the Hearst San Simeon State Park where the estate, and its considerable collection of art and antiques, is open for public tours. Despite its location far from any urban center, the site attracts “millions of travelers each year”.[6]

This post is part of Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors.  If you love doors and would like to see the doors others are posting, or post doors you’ve photographed and join other door lovers from around the world click here.

At the end of Norm’s latest Thursday Door post is a little Blue Link-up/View button click it to be taken to a page with all the links, or add your own.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 24-70mm| Delkin Digital Film| Hand-held| PS CC 2015

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Thursday Doors 8/52 Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

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I’m a bit out of sync with my posts this week since I was hanging with the family, and chasing Horsetail Fall light this past week-end.  I didn’t find any doors to photograph this past week so I’m diving into my archives for Norm’s Thursday Doors this week.

This little church parish of Immaculate Conception is out in the countryside where I go birding quite often. It stands at the end of a small community called Tres Pinos in the township of Hollister, CA.

The Church building was built in 1892 by Father Bernard Smythe across the street from its current location. The land to build the church was purchased for $75.oo.

The Parish was moved to its present location when Hwy 25 was constructed.

The doors are humble…

Immuculate Conception Catholic Church Tres Pinos

the land, garden and sculptures around them are beautiful.

Immaculate Conception CC Side Garden

Winged Victory was constructed in 1945 as a memorial to World War II.

Winged Victory

Sculpture “Father, if it is possible let this cup pass away from me. Not as I will, but as you will” ~Jesus Christ: Matthew 26:39

"Father if it is possible let this cup pass away from me..."

St Benedict- Protect our community…

ST Benedict

The centerpiece of the 14 Stations of the Cross is Michael Angelo’s Pieta. It was sculpted in Carrera, Italy by Enrico Toricelli and donated by Fr. Stuhlmann and his brother in memory of their mother. The base of the sculpture was built by Edward Matthews.

Michael-Angelo’s Pieta by Enrico Toricelli

“The grottoes were designed and built by Edward Matthews in memory of his son, Martin Matthews. The largest grotto is the site of the Nativity, complete with wooden figures and decorated with light.” Immaculateattrespinos.orgGrotto Immaculate Conception CC Tres Pinos

The  Grotto Nativity

Grotto
Grotto detail

Grotto-Three Wise Men

Grotto

Grotto-The Shepard’s and animals in the manger

Grotto

I didn’t get to go inside to photograph the chapel, but I hope to one day.

This is part of Norm 2.0 Thursday Doors. To see all the doors posted this week click here click on the little blue sync up button at the bottom of his page where you’ll be directed to links to all those participating.

For more information about the Parish click here.

 

More to come…

“He ain’t wrong, he’s just different but his pride won’t let him do things to make you think he’s right” ~Willie Nelson

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Quote from Willie Nelson’s song Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be Cowboys.

…but I’ve always liked cowboys.
This was taken on an impromptu stop at Columbia State park last year. This part of the state is rich with history and folklore. Cowboys being a big part of that folklore.

Columbia State Park was once a town that sprung up during the California gold rush. It was declared a National Park or Open Air Museum in 1946. About 30 buildings remain. Some of which are the Saloon, the Wells Fargo Express,  the Pioneer Emporium, Black Smith, hotel,  the bakery, and stable. You can take a Stage Coach ride and pan for gold here. The staff all dress in period costume. I’ve been here  a half-dozen times and loved every visit.

From my Summer 2011 archive| Nikon D300s| Nikkor 17-35@ 35mm|f8| 1/60second| ISO 200| Hand-held