California Dreamin'

March 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment



All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.
I've been for a walk on a winter's day.
I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A.;
California dreamin' on such a winter's day.



RBK_3582-HDRAngus cattle dotting the landscape...



Roads, like life, lead in many directions. The Brothers Wyman wanted to take their time returning to LA from Yosemite and I was good with that. Barely out of Yosemite, our first photo stop was the historic Mariposa County Courthouse. Built in 1854, it is the oldest Superior Courthouse west of the Rocky Mountains that is still in operation.



_RBK2753Mariposa County Courthouse



The courtroom on the second floor has had minimal modernization and is used daily for hearings and trials. You might expect Judge Roy Bean to be presiding, but he wasn't.



_RBK2745Second Floor Court Room


The Courthouse is manned by a team of deputy sheriffs who not only answered our many questions, but were happy to tell us about the history of the courthouse and point out details that we would have overlooked. While this historic building has remained functional for almost two centuries, we learned that the tower clock requires off-site repair to restore functionality, something the county is unwilling to risk. For security reasons, the inside of the wood stove must be inspected before every court proceeding.



_RBK2751I did shot the sheriff...



Driving further south brought us to the almond groves which were in full bloom and provided an opportunity to photograph under sunny skies enhanced by decorative clouds.



RBK_3615-HDRAlmond grove in bloom



The rolling farms and cattle ranches offered idyllic views.



RBK_3612-HDR-2Dave Wyman...or is it Dan?




RBK_3598-HDRCalifornia dreamin' on such a winter's day



When you are on the road less traveled, it doesn't matter how long your trip takes.


See ya next week,





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