The original plan for this day was to locate a local pioneer cemetery (Rust Cemetery), hike the the surrounding oak-dotted grasslands for a few photographs, and spend the bulk of the afternoon hiking the southern shores of Folsom Lake for more photography. I never made it to Folsom Lake. Instead, I wandered the hillsides, trudged through some damp grasslands, found an old beat-up Dodge truck now covered with graffiti, and decided to call it a day (before running some errands).
Location Notes: As with many of the recent local areas I have been walking and photographing, there is a mix of history and future development. For the history, it starts with the Rust Cemetery (green arrow in the map below). William Rust purchased the Pleasant Grove House in 1864 for his family. The house still stands northwest of the cemetery across the road and is a historic house as it was a relay station for the Overland Pony Express.
The future development has been in start and stop mode for over a decade. The area I hiked was on both the east and west sides of Silver Springs Parkway which was constructed in 2014. The vacant subdivided parcels were created from a larger parcel in 2006. Though there are no current signs of development besides the construction of the parkway, three of the oak trees near the one in this photograph no longer exist (red x’s on the map). The oak tree in this photograph is in the blue box. Though not shown, all the land east of the parkway already has subdivision plans. The two large parcels next to the middle school has been set aside for a future high school.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 28mm, f/11, 1/160 sec
Green Springs Ranch (CA), Oak Tree, Storm Clouds, Birds in Flight, Monochrome. Green Springs Ranch, El Dorado County, CA. February 04, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.