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Grass Valley to Nevada City: Blue and Yellow and Invisible

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Summer Thyme's
Colfax Ave / Grass Valley / California / 95945 / United States
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Feb 10 2011 - 2:30pm
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I pledged on Kickstarter because I'm interested in photography and liked the group's (Kevin's) energy and idea. When the camera arrived at my home in Grass Valley CA, I was at first excited to open and check out how the group had set it up (clear and simple). As I fingered that seeming fragile plastic box, I was simultaneously thrown back a few decades and forward a few days. Back to memories of vacations and weddings past. Forward to how to route this to all my friends who want to play. And then the big stress at realizing that I had ONLY ONE SHOT. I'll bet I'm not alone in the digital age. One blind shot. OK, that's fairly safe. Shot and send. Blame any issues on the developer. But "what inspires you" began to nag. "Inspires in what sense"--of the moment or for all time? Do I just look around the house or do I have to make a pilgrimage? I finally took it out on my Big Dummy cargo bike to run a set of errands that would take me to Nevada City. In the week that had gone by, I was feeling lost and guilty, but my mind finally settled on what catches and holds my eye as "inspiring" for photo purposes. My eye seems in love with inadvertent street art, especially street grates and fire hydrants. So I thought I'd just see what came along out on the road. After climbing quite a bit with a heavy load of laundry from my wife's massage business, I was almost at the laundry service when a blue and yellow fire hydrant stepped out from the side of the road and announced itself and pointed out to me how attractive its picket-fence-and-dirt-lane setting was.
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