Saturday, December 5, 2009

Lodi Shadows

On our way to visit the sandhill cranes we passed through Lodi. The area around Lodi is one of many wine producing areas of California though certainly not the best known. I found its historic downtown to be quite charming and well maintained.
At one time most visitors would have approached the town through this arch, one of few remaining mission style arches in California. It is adjacent to the railway depot. In 1907 when the arch was constructed the railroad would have been the main source of transportation. I wish I could have had a higher viewpoint to better show the arch's shadow.
It's easy to see the shadows on this building, an adjunct to the refurbished train depot, it seems to be a bus depot.
Shadows from a nearby tree grace this lovely mural commemorating the Tokay Carnival of 1907. The right side advertises the annual Grape Festival now held each year in September.

I think Lodi is worth more time than we gave it but the sandhill cranes were our primary goal this trip.

To see mores interesting shadows visit Hey Harriet.

22 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What terrific shadow shots, Martha! Love the town of Lodi and that last shot is really colorful and beautiful and such a lovely shadow!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

azplantlady said...

Hello Martha,

I have never been to Lodi, but have a dear friend from college who lived there. Thank you for showing us the attractions of this great town.

Carletta said...

I think there was a song about Lodi once. I can't think of it right now.
Love the lines and shadows in the second shot!
Round The Bend.

Sam said...

Beautiful shots - I love the light!! ...and the colour of that sky - magic! Thank you for sharing. Happy SSS!

Dimple said...

Nice post. I never think of Lodi as anything but a town near Modesto. Thanks for the lesson!
And Carletta, there is a song about being "Stuck in Lodi" again, and it may have been about Lodi, California, but there is a Lodi in Montana as well!

Gaelyn said...

You certainly captured shadows Martha. I really like the Lodi arch. Maybe a trip back to sample the wine.

Paz said...

I love all the cool shots you found outside.

Paz

Ralph said...

I love that octagon shaped trellis, the horizontal view blends into an angular arc over the building. Nice effect!

The arch is styled so beautifully, it is a grand entry into downtown. But the carnival mural is stunning, the shadows adding even more depth onto the artist's work. Such bold color yet so delicate. Lodi is beautiful, you have convinced me that I must go there someday!

Martha in PA said...

Joining in on Shadow Shots today. Your photos are great!

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Patti said...

Thanks for giving us all a glimpse of Lodi.
That mission arch is cool.

The bus depot's lines and angles are perfect for finding shadows, that's for sure. The shadows on the mural add interest to the lovely artwork.

Have a great weekend!

Diane AZ said...

Lodi looks like a beautiful town to explore. I love the big arch with the bells and grizzly bear (I think) on top. The mural is gorgeous and so are all the shadows.

Nina P. said...

Such a town filled with history and stories to tell. Beautiful arch and shadows. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Love and Light, Nina P.

Friends Candle Shed said...

While living in Florida, I lived on the edge of a nature preserve and every evening would sit at it's edge in my truck with my camera, listening to the cranes...what a beautiful avian miracle!

I see I'm still logged into my daughters blog...Ha!
Sweet Repose

Crafty Green Poet said...

looks a lovely place, nice shadows too.

I also really enjoyed your earlier post from Yellowstone and the birds in your garden too

sarayutouched said...

bright, crisp, colorful shadows...looks like a great time was had taking them!!!

Pam said...

Your shadow shots and history of Lodi are wonderful, Martha. It sounds like a nice town to visit.

frayedattheedge said...

wonderful shadow shots!

Barb said...

I must Google Lodi to see exactly where it is - as you know, we come to N CA every spring to bike - rarely go further south than Monterrey these days, though. I like this style architecture.
PS How did the guys do in the Marathon? How is Michael - hopefully you took some photos.

happilyretired said...

Beautiful choices for Shadow Shots ... the second photo is my favorite today ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Jonny Hamachi said...

Very Nice.

And thanks for the reminder about the sand hill cranes, gotta get out there.

JOE TODD said...

Great job with the shadows and have a great week

BLOGitse said...

Beautiful SShots!
Have a good week!