Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hope Valley...............

Most people around here know that every autumn, at a fairly high elevation, nature puts on a show of blazing color. A pilgrimage of artists, nature lovers, and simple appreciators of beauty descend upon the area known as Hope Valley during this time.

©2012 Dianne Poinski

Located at 7000 feet, conditions can change quickly. A strong wind, rain and even snow can bring all the leaves down in a short time. Knowing how difficult it can be to schedule the best time to be there, I was thrilled to discover that people were reporting peak color at the same time I had plans to visit.

We all know how busy life can get and relationships sometimes suffer because of it. An old friend of mine lives only 45 minutes away and we both have cell phones, yet months will go by without any contact. This relationship however, is one of those where we just pick up where we left off and it doesn't matter how much time has passed since our last visit.

Which is why when she called me out of the blue last week and suggested a little field trip to the mountains, I cleared my calendar and said YES!

I met Fay when our children were still in diapers and I often credit her for opening the door to my photographic journey. Sitting in her kitchen one day 20+ years ago, she mentioned a black and white photography class at the local community college she was thinking of taking. Would I be interested in joining her? Again I said YES!

So these two "stay at home moms" escape one night a week to bond under safe lights, and to say it changed my life would be an understatement. While Fay would go on to pursue other ventures, that one class for me led to another one and another one and...................

So I left Sacramento early Monday morning and met her in Placerville. From there we jumped into her Prius and headed up the hill.

It was a beautiful day! We filled the time during the drive catching up and anticipating what views would greet us when we reached the summit. We were not disappointed!


©2012 Dianne Poinski


After a fantastic lunch at Sorensen's Resort, we went exploring on foot.



©2012 Dianne Poinski


©2012 Dianne Poinski



©2012 Dianne Poinski


All of the images in this post were shot with my iPhone, but there is proof (see above) that I also had my Nikon with me. I haven't had time to upload those images yet.

Although I was enjoying myself tremendously, a running dialog going on in my head was fighting for attention. "I should be using my tripod". "I should be shooting more with my Nikon and less with my phone". "I should..........I should.........".

Then it dawned on me. This day wasn't about me or my photography. This was a day to celebrate a friendship that has endured even when life tried to get in the way. That thought quickly quieted the critical voice in my head and I was able to stay present and soak in all the beauty around me.



©2012 Dianne Poinski

2 comments:

  1. love you dianne! I love your blog and think it is wonderful! keep up the good work. fay

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  2. Love you too Fay!! Thanks for all your years of support!!

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