Ellis, 5, and I discovered these two whimsical photographs hanging on the hallway walls of the Stanford heart clinic in Sunnyvale, CA. The artist’s name is Christina Peters, and she uses random grocery items to create a shape. If you look from a distance, it makes a colorful and identifiable shape; if you look closer, the image is made up of one vegetable or snack item. Perspective made all the difference in appreciating these photographs and the photographer’s humor.
I thought Roaring Camp in Felton, California was just a place for steam train rides through the Redwood forest. Thomas the Train visits annually in the summer and we visited years ago, but I had little to no memory of anything else besides the Thomas friends’ trains.
Recently I learned that Roaring Camp is a preserved setting of an 1880’s American logging town. It’s an experience of stepping back into time replete with blacksmithing, tent settlements, gold panning, wool spinning, candle making, a small schoolhouse, and steam trains chugging among the redwood trees. What a refreshing time it was to smell the trees, kick up dirt, and sit under the shade of acorn-filled trees. I had many Thoreau moments.
Here are some of my “Which Way” photos from Roaring Camp:
The photo below is shared to show how realistic the costumed docents were in their tent abode. They blended in so naturally with their roles and setting that I almost believed they lived there. But looking around there wasn’t much evidence of their belongings, so I think it’s accurate to say they are dressed-up actors.