Sunday, May 30, 2010

Wild Mustard

We had a nice day on Friday and I had some deliveries in the Fort Jones area. Here is a picture of a field with wild mustard and an alfalfa field, a small ranch, a forest and some mountains.
(as always, click the image for a larger picture)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bound for Hatchet Ridge Project: Big blades, big rigs, big stares

Massive pieces for Hatchet Ridge’s 44 wind turbines started their move along some of the north state’s highways this morning to the project site near Burney.

The 185-foot long truck carrying the first blade passed through Redding about 10 a.m., pulling to the median at the Oregon Trail exit on Highway 299. There California Highway Patrol officers gave the truck a thorough inspection, testing the truck’s brakes and measuring the huge load to see if it had shifted.

The blades started their journey this morning in Gerber, about seven miles south of Red Bluff, where they’ve been stored recently after a train carried them into the north state. Trucks are also hauling the engine housing and hubs for the wind turbines from the south and the three pieces of the wind turbines’ towers from the Nevada line to the east.

At 11 a.m. the California Department of Transportation announced in a Twitter update that the tower pieces had arrived at Hatchet Ridge and the first blade was still en route.

The final wind turbine will arrive at the end of July, said Julie Lee, Caltrans spokeswoman. The plan is to move a full turbine set, eight trucks in all, each work day until all are at Hatchet Ridge.

Video here:

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Workin' the River

Lots of people working the river by hand with the ban on the dredgers this year. The price of gold these days makes a small find worth the effort.
(as always, click image for a larger picture)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Early Rafters

I saw a few rafts of early birds on Monday on the Klamath River on the way to Happy Camp. Seemed a little cold and a little early in the season, but maybe they were trying to beat the rush.

Monday, May 17, 2010

My First Bear

I saw the first bear today on the way to Happy Camp. He ran across the road in front of me and I stopped, and he stopped for a quick photo.
(click image for a larger picture)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lawn Mowers

I see these goats from time to time tied along side the road eating or resting. They are suppose to keep the grasses short but are a danger if two cars meet there at the same time.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bridge and Road Work

They are continuing with the grading and tree and brush removal on the opposite side of the lake. There has been more road work on the Antlers side of the freeway as well. Hopefully I can get a little closer next time as these pictures were taken on the fly.
(60 mph, downhill on the curve)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Close to You

I saw this horse while making a delivery in Hornbrook the other day and he comes over to get close. His head didn't quite fit inside my truck

Monday, May 10, 2010

Holiday Harbor

What a a difference a full lake makes. I was at Holiday Harbor about a year and a half ago with a delivery, the lake level was at 919 feet. Today the water is at 1065. Their business should be good this year.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lots of houseboats, lots of water

Had some beautiful weather and I got done early enough to get a couple more shots of the Bridge Bay Marina and the "island" with the full lake.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mount Shasta with a "cloud" and high wind

A few shots from the other day with a single cloud and some high winds over Mount Shasta. I did have my long range camera with me today so got a couple of good close ups of the blowing snow.
(as always, click image to see a larger picture)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Houseboats on the FULL lake

I took this picture about a month ago at the end of March. They were launching more of the houseboats, getting them out of moth balls I am sure. Since this picture was taken the lake has risen another 20 feet and the dirt you can see in the background is no longer above water. The lake is basically full. It is only about 5 feet from the top. It is the first time in quite a while that you can only see trees and plants at the water's edge instead of hundreds of feet of dirt and rock.

Another Old Church

Saw this old Church in Hilt the other day as I was making a local delivery.