Marsha Lee

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

To all my blog readers!!!

To all my blog readers!!!

As I reflect on my blogging experiment this first day of December, I realize that it has gone from experiment to addictive hobby.  I am thankful to all of you for taking the time to visit my streaming thoughts started in April, 2012.  While not breaking any records, this blog has attracted over 11,000 views, and 2,000 comments.  I was awfully lonely the first couple of months, but on November 29th the site reached a high of 196 views.  THANK YOU!!!

Reflections on December 1st.

Reflections on December 1st.

Back to the topic as I’m sure it was intended, I have almost no reflection pictures in my collection.  I came across this picture that a friend of mine took for me.  She is much more of a professional photographer than I, and I absolutely love Johanna Coyne’s picture of the little lagoon in Mooney Grove Park south of Visalia, CA, and north of Tulare, CA on Mooney Boulevard.1102_Mooney_1285

Early Tulare County settler and saloon owner, Michael Mooney, like most European immigrants worked hard to acquire property in the United States.  Mooney speculated in thousands of acres, and sold many of them at a profit.  However this plot of land didn’t earn Mooney a dime, and it protected the largest native oak grove in the county.  He purchased a 173 acre oak grove from another settler, Benjamin Willis in 1878 for $4,000.  After Mooney’s death in 1881, his heirs sold 100 acres to Tulare County in 1909, thus saving the huge grove of native trees for the people.

Tulare County Supervisor, Bartlett “suggested in 1915 that the park should have a lake.” (Allen. p. 41), although it was not until May of 1933 that the lagoon officially opened.  Stocked with fish to ward off mosquitos, the pond, with its “No Fishing” sign, tempted young poacher Stanley A. Clark, who brought home more than the bacon to his widowed mother and siblings during the World War II when meat was scarce in the market.

Through the years Tulare County residents swam, boated and were baptized in the reflective pond in Mooney Grove Park.  Today the only swimmers are quacks – I mean ducks.  At times photographers would have to Photoshop a reflective picture of this body of water because “goopy algae” scum covers  much of the surface.  Vast numbers of summer visitors feed the ducks, dropping food that decays in the water and feeds the scum.  In the fall, when the weather is cooler photographers can capture pictures of clean water.

Anybody for a picnic in the park?

Bibliography

  • Allen William R.  Mooney’s Oak Grove 1828-1881 Volume I
  • Allen William R.  Michael Mooney 1906-2003 Volume II

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28 comments

    • Thanks, it really was farsighted because the settlers had logging fever in those days, and, of course, many of the giant Sequoia trees in what is now the Sequoia National Park was logged until it became a park. The most of the many groves of original oak trees disappeared as well. We still have lots of oak trees in this area because we continue to plant them every year, but much of the old growth is gone. :)

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    • Yeah! Glad you are open, and best of all glad people are coming! There’s nothing worse than holding an open house to which no one comes!

      I used to sell real estate in Portland, OR. I listed a subdivision of houses for which the builder wanted about twice what they were worth at the time, but I was young and inexperienced. Few people except for the builder’s young son came. The house had no furniture, so it was not only boring, but uncomfortable. It was all I could do to stay awake. I decided that selling real estate wasn’t going to be my career path. Much better to have a blog where people can come – even if you’re not home! :)

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      • I started this blog (well, not this one, this one is yours) in February 2010 and for over two years I had three followers. Once, I uploaded a photo and had over 1,200 people come to look at it in one day, but none followed. Then April 1st this year, one person followed, and it was like she broke the door down or something. I went from 1 view every few days, to now 200-400 a day,

        I imagine though, that actually doing it would be boring as hell. With just coffee to keep you anywhere near awake

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      • Wow! 200-400 a day. That’s amazing. My first day was 75. I have no idea why, then it dropped to almost nothing. This month has been up and down, 20 one day 150 the next. I’ve been blessed with followers, and I probably follow about 200 now. I love it, but it’s hard to keep up, though! I can’t imagine having 1,200! That’s viral almost! It’s also weird that none followed! Go figure. This is an interesting experience! Thanks for sharing your comment!

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  2. Congratulations for the tremendous response! The pictures are simply breathtaking!
    After all, reflections may just be shadows or mirror images of an object;
    but they are the only company when no one seems to be near them! :D :)

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    • Thanks so much, AD I was feeling bad one day when I had just reached 10,000 VISITORS and I was reading another blog that had been in business for 2 months and already had 10,000 FOLLOWERS! Of course, I guess if I was JJ Abrahams and started a blog I could expect that kind of growth. Or maybe if I had come up with a video like Psy and gone viral in a day… Have you seen that one? Most watched video in you tube history!!!

      Isn’t that a great picture? She worked for a local newspaper.

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