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03 Dec 2021

Merry Everything!

SACRAMENTO, CA – DECEMBER 2, 2021 – CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING After a year’s hiatus, Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom hosted the 90th Annual California State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony last week.  This year’s 65’ white fir is decorated with approximately 500 hand-crafted ornaments made by children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The event came just one day after Newsom’s announcement that the state had detected the country’s first omicron case.  The celebration’s emphasis on […]

11 Nov 2021

Salute to Veterans

AUBURN, CA – NOV. 11, 2021, “Salute to Veterans” These images come from today’s Veteran’s Day Parade. This was the 103rd year of the event, held in downtown Auburn. The parade is one of the largest in the country. The theme this year was “Honoring All Honor Guardsl” and this year’s Grand Marshalls were Terry Crouson, Commander Auburn Area Honor Guard and Gene Freeland, CoFounder Auburn Area Honor Guard * * * All photos are copyright Chris Allan 2021 and cannot […]

04 Nov 2021

The People’s Tree Comes to Sac!

SACRAMENTO, CA – NOV. 3, 2021 Last week, the 84-foot white fir nicknamed “Sugar Bear” made a stop downtown on its cross-country trip to the nation’s capital.  This was only the fifth time since the tradition began in 1954 that the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree has come from a California forest, in this case Six Rivers. The tree was harvested from the Mad River Ranger District in Trinity County. Just last year, a little over 50 percent of the total district […]

29 Oct 2021
Kamloops Indian Residential School

Kamloops Indian Residential School

KAMLOOPS INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL, B.C., CANADA – OCT. 30, 2021 I could not visit the North Shuswap area in British Columbia without seeing the Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS). Last summer, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (the Salish Indian band) announced that ground-penetrating-radar was used to locate the human remains of over 200 children. The remains were detected in the orchard area of the campus, south of the main buildings. The revelation rocked the country, and shook many out of their apathy […]

21 Sep 2021

Pride is happening!

Pride (in Northern California) is happening!  Over the past few weeks, I\’ve visited three Pride celebrations.  Silicon Valley Pride was a full week of activities, with the night festival on Saturday, August 28, and the parade on August 29. Next up was Oakland Pride, BUT it got cancelled because of COVID. Then I drove down to Merced on Saturday, September 18 to see their second annual Pride.  It had been cancelled too, but I did get to see the nascent […]

05 Sep 2021

Foresthill Fire Breaks Out

This afternoon a fire broke out near the Foresthill Bridge. Police quickly closed off Highway 49, which leads down to the confluence of the two forks of the American River. They also closed the the Foresthill Bridge road.. Lake Clementine was evacuated and numerous local residents watched near Lincoln Highway and Bowman Road, as Cal Fire planes drop bright red fire retardant on the fire. Dark clouds of smoke indicated structures across from the canyon were likely burning. Living in […]

11 Jun 2019

Wakamatsu Fest150

I had the pleasure of attending the 150th anniversary celebration of Japanese immigration to the U.S. at the Wakamatsu Fest150, held in Placerville June 6-9, 2019. All images were taken with my Nikon D750 camera and Nikon Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6g lens. The event celebrates the 1869 arrival of a group of Japanese colonists from Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan in Gold Hill, California to start a tea and silk farm. The site is now a registered historic landmark, and is also the birthplace […]