Need to revisit an old Project

My graphic representation of what the medal looked like because when this was drawn - photos took up too much load time on websites.

My graphic representation of what the medal looked like because when this was drawn – photos took up too much load time on websites.

About 20 years ago I started some historical projects that were centered around German World War I aviation, which has been a topic close to my heart since I was a very young child. I used to dream about flying the vintage old biplanes. I created several websites to keep the history from being lost or forgotten during the late 1990’s, so when the events in the Ukraine exploded along with the upcoming 100 years anniversary of the beginning of The Great War, I was prompted to realize that I needed to tend to these projects again. I have let these projects get pushed aside because I allowed selfish people to push their needs ahead of what was important. Now I find myself exhausted from these past negative experiences and remorseful that these important projects were not finished to my satisfaction.

So it is my goal to tend to these projects again. I may not have the energy and ability to get things done like I used to, but I still want to try. The first project is to give a much needed face lift to the Pour le Mérite Order website. This was an award given out by the Prussian nobility to military personnel that deserved recognition. Later on, the order was expanded to include artistic and scientific achievements as well for both military and non-military people. The award lasted until the end of World War One when Kaiser Wilhelm was forced to leave his office of leadership and Germany was forced to take blame for a war they did not start. The award gained modern fame under the nickname of the Blue Max when Max Immelmann the first German pilot received the prized recognition award during the early part of World War One. And later there was also a fictional movie about a pilot winning the Blue Max. The award was no longer given after the First World War since the noble family that awarded it was no longer in power and many people today erroneously think that it was given out in World War 2 by the NAZI government.

Jasta 2 was Oswald Boelcke's flight group and he is seated at the end of the table (middle position) and Max Immelmann - the first aviator to receive the Pour le Merite award is seated far right in the photo.

Jasta 2 was Oswald Boelcke’s flight group and he is seated at the end of the table (middle position) and Max Immelmann – the first aviator to receive the Pour le Mérite award is seated far right in the photo.

I am often frustrated and confused as to why there is so much ignorance about the true events of the First World War. It was a pivotal conflict that laid the foundations for one of the worst wars to occur – World War 2. It scares me now to see what is happening in the Ukraine since it is so similar to the events that happened just before the beginning of World War One and because of the lack of education about the war, the general population does not understand the significance. So much culture and history has been lost due to these wars and radical revolutions.

I am just one small person, but presenting the history and supporting projects that help to educate is my modest way of giving back to the world, which leads to my other project. Since technology has advanced so much in the past few years, my next educational project was inspired by the Android Age. My British co-historian friend, Farren Robinson, and I are putting together a Great War Day Calendar, and my version of the project will be a Mobile Application that’s if I can get funds and data put together in time. In the next couple of months I might make some announcements about the projects availability in the App stores. I want this to happen because it would be a fun way to share and expose the general population to history and culture.

The www.pourlemerite.org will be under construction for some time since it is a huge hand coded website. I am looking forward to sharing the new design, and I hope it will continue to add people in their research.
G. Winkler © 2014

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Donner Memorial State Park

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Exploring the local landscape can be an effective tool for re-invigorating the creative process. I am currently in a situation where I need to live in a location that is not ideal for me. I really miss the lush green landscape of the Pacific Northwest, so instead of constantly complaining about my environmental situation, I have started looking for beauty in the nearby areas. Think of it somewhat like an old time animal safari hunt, but with a twist that I am on a pleasant environment quest looking for moments of beauty and peace in the nearby trails, parks, and towns. So far this process has had good results in making everyone feel refreshed and ready to go back to work spaces with a new vitality.

Amazingly tall dead tree

Amazingly tall dead tree

The following are the images that we collected during our visit to the Donner Memorial State Park, which is just west of Truckee, CA on Interstate 80. About a week ago the Sierra Nevada Range was blessed with several much needed snow falls, so parts of the trail and grounds still had remnants of those storms. A very merger amount compared to what the area needs and to what the Donner Party themselves, whom the area is named after, experienced well over a 100 years ago. It was this unfortunate group of pioneers heading west to California that the Donner Lake and the Donner Memorial State Park is named after. These were the ill famed settlers that either starved to death, succumbed to the elements, or were forced to apparent cannibalism to survive the severe conditions. They are definitely the poster children for the idea that not all short cuts or worth taking. They also made the mistake of not listening to the expert mountain men that told them not to take Hasting’s short cut, which could also be a lesson on doing due diligence on the people one works with or takes advice from.

Current museum structure

Current museum structure

Trail with points of interest.

Trail with points of interest.

Still clear waters create a beautiful reflective surface.

Still clear waters create a beautiful reflective surface.

Remaining snow of bridges and pathways were somewhat challenging for the unprepared.

Remaining snow on bridges and pathways were somewhat challenging for the unprepared.

More reflective surfaces on the water.  I took so many photos that I can not possible share them all here.

More reflective surfaces on the water.   I took so many photos that I could not possibly share them all here – perhaps some will end up being paintings.

Interesting marshy conditions left by recent snowfall.

Interesting marshy conditions left by recent snowfall.

Water so clear.  Lake Tahoe used to rival this clarity.

Water so clear.   Lake Tahoe used to rival this clarity.

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Snow along the edge made me wonder just how cold was that clear water.  The air was cool that day as well.  Luckily we wore jackets.

Snow along the edge made me wonder just how cold was that clear water.   The air was cool that day as well.    Luckily we wore jackets.

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Can you see the big face in this huge boulder?

Can you see the big face in this huge boulder?

Historical placard for the Donner Party.

Historical placard for the Donner Party.

The large memorial statue that was erected long before the museum and pathways.

The large memorial statue that was erected long before the museum and pathways.

The small museum structure has a modest display area, kindly staff, and a winding outdoor trail path with marked points of interest. Books on the subject matter of the Donner Party and other historical local topics can be found in the gift shop area. It is $8.00 to park in the lot which gives everyone within the vehicle admission and a chance to walk around the grounds, which for a car load of guests is worth the short adventure trip up the mountain. Donner Lake and the city of Truckee are nearby for other shopping and needs. I was fortunate enough to get some inspiring photos for my artwork, so the little trip was well worth the effort.

G. Winkler © 2014

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Pinto Valley Wilderness Painting

Sometimes the artistic process is a curious thing. Normally one would paint the painting and then find a frame that would go well with the painting, but in this case life’s realities inspired the art choice.

I had already put down the sky and established the background, midground and foreground.

I had already put down the sky and established the background, midground and foreground.

There are different thoughts on how to display two dimensional artwork. Some artists prefer to have their work framed to give it a finished look.   Some galleries and competitions require framing.   I often wonder what happens to the artists that prefer not have any frames with the idea that the frame is not part of the art and it will distract from the piece.   I can see both sides to this argument, and I think some paintings look fine without a frame or perhaps better while others need the clean edge to keep the viewer from peering around the sides of the canvas. Regardless of one’s preference, framing artwork can be expensive, so I tend to keep an eye out for frames that have been discarded in garage sales, flea markets, and second hand shops. Some of these frames can be a bit rough, but many of them just need a little tender loving care. What I like best about many of these discarded frames is that they are made of real wood, which one cannot find in a Michaels type of craft store, at least in my part of the world.

Placing the sagebrush was vital in creating the illusion of distance.

Placing the sagebrush was vital in creating the illusion of distance.

So I had this strange orange colored wooden frame that someone had found for me. It was kinda ugly but was in reasonable condition, so I wondered what on earth would look good in it. I had decided it would need to be a painting that had colors that would be enhanced by the frame’s color, and one day I stumbled upon a photo of the Pinto Valley Wilderness just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada with rich reddish orange soil colors that would look good with the garish orange frame.

Finished painting - photographed indoors.

Finished painting – photographed indoors.

Finished painting - photographed outdoors.  The color difference is amazing.Both photos have vivid color quality and yet are so different.  I think the outdoor photo is more true to the actual appearance of the painting.  This is why I often photograph my artwork outside and that can be challenging at times when the weather is less than cooperative.

Finished painting – photographed outdoors. The color difference is amazing.  Both photos have vivid color quality and yet are so different.  I think the outdoor photo is more true to the actual appearance of the painting.    This is why I often photograph my artwork outside and that can be challenging at times when the weather is less than cooperative.

I started right away on this painting and actually forgot to photograph the beginning stages.  In the joy of inspiration I did not think to stop  and photo the process of working.   It has been so nice to feel like painting again.   Upon completion I noticed a curious aspect about my landscape painting – I tend to like to paint in vivid brilliant colors despite the more realistic quality of the subject matter.   All my landscapes tend to have this almost surrealistic Technicolor quality to them, which is not something that I am doing on purpose.   It’s just happening naturally.   Instructors and critics would argue that everything has to be done with a specific purpose but then that would kill some of the fun creativity of painting.  It will be interesting to see in the years to come if all my landscapes retain this intense color choice.

Below is the painting in the frame that I referred to which is not a color that I would choose myself.

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Framed in the frame that had the odd orange stain color that seems to go well with the artwork.

Note this is an exterior lighting photo.

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Paintbrush back in hand with Odin

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Since my disappointment with the Color Theory class back in the Fall 2013, I have felt incredibly empty and have deeply missed working on the art projects and learning.  I love learning, especially when being taught by intelligent thoughtful organized instructors.  Never underestimate the value of a good instructor.  And when you reach my age, or perhaps level of maturity is a better description, one does not sit still and accept poorly organized instruction.  So I am back on my own for a time period until I can hook up with a new school and see if I can get my very expensive credits accepted.

First stage was to get everything where it is supposed to be.

First stage was to get everything where it is supposed to be.

I am still working on my Norse Mythology project.  Perhaps when I am done I will have enough to have an art show of just purely Norse Mythology inspired works of art.  That would be rather exciting, wouldn’t it?

So back to the topic at hand, which is that I am able to paint again.  I just got up one day and told myself to just sit down and start a project and just try and work on it when I felt like it.  Amazingly, it only took me two weeks to work on this one.  I was driven to keep coming back every evening to work on it when I felt well enough.  So now I have another one completed of a set of nine pictures that I plan to do to explore how to visually express the concept of the Nine Worlds through my painting.  This one is number 5.  It is Odin traveling on Sleipnir to Jotunheim, which is supposed to be a place where the giants live.  With each practice painting I work out how I want to symbolize the portal to these locations, and when I am done with the nine practice paintings, I will paint the Yggdrasil Tree with the Nine Worlds in relationship to it.

Getting the color where I want it to create the best affect.  It also takes several layers of Prussian blue to make the space sections really dark.

Getting the colors established.   It also takes several layers of Prussian blue to make the space sections really dark.

This process has been beneficial since I have discovered that I prefer the paintings with the swirling objects that are smaller further down the travel vortex giving a more realistic appearance of depth.  I also have learned that I prefer the objects that have the more realistic shading making them more solid and realistic as well.  Still not sure if the stylized Odin on Sleipnir figure is truly compatible with the more realistic depictions of the portal, but it is very important to me to not give Odin an absolute defined image.  The reason for this is the spiritual nature of these pictures.  Odin appears to people in different forms.  He also has many names, Woden being an example of just one.   That’s where we get the name of the Wednesday from Wodensday.   He is also considered to be the inspiration for the wizard character, Gandalf in the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings stories.  So giving him a face or look would be counter to the true experience for each person that encounters him, so remaining respectful of the spiritual side of the project is also important to me since I want the picture to have a universal appeal.

Keeping the Odin and Sleipnir image consistent is important to me.

Keeping the Odin and Sleipnir image consistent is important to me.

Almost done - need to add the stars.

Almost done – need to add the stars.

 

I think the stars in the dark sky adds that feeling of this being a way of traveling great distances.  For if these places are real - one would have to travel a great distance through space to get there.

I think the stars in the dark sky adds that feeling of this being a way of traveling great distances.   For if these places are real – one would have to travel a great distance through space to get there.

The pictures contained within this blog shows the process of how I created the concept of Odin traveling to Jotunheim.

G. Winkler (c) 2014

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Classic Tale of Boom and Bust

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Bowers 02Bower’s Mansion is located on the western side of Washoe Valley nestled in between the Carson Valley and the Truckee Meadows, both areas are the homes of three of the largest cities in Northern Nevada; Carson City, Reno, and Sparks.   The mansion was built in the mid 1800’s with riches of the local mining boom.  And like most of the mining boom tales of riches and adventures throughout the west, most of them have an abundance of suffering and sorrow.  The saga of Bower’s Mansion is no different although thanks to the efforts of the people of the area, the mansion remains still a beautiful attraction for future generations to enjoy.  The stately grounds have now become a State Park.  For location and more historical information, click here.

Historic Bower's Mansion located in Washoe Valley at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Historic Bower’s Mansion located in Washoe Valley at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Facing east across where Washoe Lake is usually located - this year the drought is really bad.

Facing east across where Washoe Lake is usually located – this year the drought is really bad.

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Section of the trail to the graves.

Section of the trail to the graves.

As a kid I was lucky enough to enjoy the summer time visits to the large outdoor pool, play on the playground, have parties in the picnic areas, and hike up the grave site on the hillside.  And as I got older I took the tour of the mansion.  So when a sunny false Spring day happened in mid February, I jumped at the opportunity to do something I have not done in perhaps 20 years or so.  I took my two best companions, my camera, and took a walk around the Bower’s Mansion Park.

The following series of images are the photos I took on that sunny midday walk.  Sometimes we find ourselves in locations or situations where we do not wish to be, and during these moments it is wise to find aspects that bring joy to our hearts and creativity to our minds.  Not to mention a little healthy exercise.    So this was my attempt to bring a bit of much needed fun and relaxation to myself and my companions.

Elegant front porch of Bower's Mansion.

Elegant front porch of Bower’s Mansion.

Nice details to the stair railing.

Nice details to the stair railing.

Building structure of stone located behind the mansion.

Building structure of stone located behind the mansion.

Large farming equipment of an earlier time period.

Large farming equipment of an earlier time period.

Part of the display inside of the small stone building.  Note the interesting illustration of how complicated the mines could get within the Comstock Lode.

Part of the display inside of the small stone building. Note the interesting illustration of how complicated the mines could get within the Comstock Lode.

The back courtyard area of the mansion.

The back courtyard area of the mansion.

One of the large picnic areas available at the park.

One of the large picnic areas available at the park.

Bower's family burial site.

Bower’s family burial site.

Fantastic view from the trail to the graves.  The back side of the mansion can be seen below.

Fantastic view from the trail to the graves.   The back side of the mansion can be seen below.

Unique twisted trunk along the trail up to the grave site.

Unique twisted trunk along the trail up to the grave site.

Some of the natural vegetation of the area.

Some of the natural vegetation of the area.

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View in the direction of Carson City, Nevada, possibly of the Pine Nut Range?

View in the direction of Carson City, Nevada, possibly of the Pine Nut Range?

View of Washoe Valley and a very low Washoe Lake.  The valley gets its name from the native tribe - the Washoe People.

View of Washoe Valley and a very low Washoe Lake.     The valley gets its name from the native tribe – the Washoe People.

G. Winkler  ©2014

Everyone once and a whole I don't mind including a picture of the author.

Everyone once and a while I don’t mind including a picture of the author.

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Treasure of Family Memories: Part 3

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Here are more amazing gems of fashion trends and nostalgia from the 1960 Winter Olympic Games to the rather vacant looking strip of Las Vegas, Nevada.

View from my grandparent's home in the Winter of 1959 at Homewood, CA - Lake Tahoe.

View from my grandparent’s home in the Winter of 1959 at Homewood, CA – Lake Tahoe.

Karen, Donald, and Grandma

Karen, Donald, and Grandma

The first few photos show the Lake Tahoe area and my Grandparent’s property in Homewood, CA heavy with snow.  My Mom and Dad stand as a young slender couple with a great deal of their life time ahead of them.  I am many years from being born and my brother and sister are still very young children.  I look at them and think of the good things and the not so good things that have happened since that time.  I have to ask myself if I could go back into time and talk to them, what would I say?  I have thought about this all morning while trying to compose this blog in my mind, but too many years of watching Star Trek and other science fiction genre shows and books have made me aware of the complexities of how changed events can alter the present.  Sure, I could give them advice and some aspect of our lives might be better, but what else would change and be possibly disastrous?    If I could remove those aspects and just focus on what I would say to them, I would probably say something of the following.

Dad and Mom wearing ski gear.

Dad and Mom wearing ski gear.

Dad, relax.  Your financial planning attitude is great and your family will be taken care of, but you need not worry so much about what other people think.  Believe in yourself and don’t be so hard on my sister and brother.  You can’t make them perfect, and your strict ideas will only alienate you from them, Mom, me, and other family friends.  Also, don’t eat the pickles with the Sodium Benzoate in them – it will contribute to the Parkinson’s Disease that you will get.

Mom, stand up for yourself.  Stop thinking that you are not as good as other people.  You are kind, modest, and honest.  What more do you need to be?  Your insecurities combined with Dad’s own fears will imprint upon your children making it hard for them to step out into the world and be brave.  Your influence upon us is so great.  Don’t under estimate that.  Having your patient listening ear is greatly appreciated as well as all the things you have made and done for us kids.

So that’s what I might say.

Next I found more Winter time photos from the local area that may have some historical significance.

Grandpa standing in front of the Olympic Rings at Squaw Valley.

Grandpa standing in front of the Olympic Rings at Squaw Valley.

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Squaw Valley 1960

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Speed Skating in Squaw Valley 1960

People climbing on the roof of the building to get a better view.  I keep wondering if the roof was really meant to endure all the  human foot traffic.

People climbing on the roof of the building to get a better view.   I keep wondering if the roof was really meant to endure all the human foot traffic.

The Winter Olympic pictures are somewhat perfectly timed considering that the Sochi Games are going on right now.  What an amazing contrast to what is happening over there and what life was like here in the early 1960’s.  Here’s the Wikipedia link to information about those games, but my pictures are in color!

The Tropicana which is gone and do you see who's performing!  And that empty skyline.  Wow!

The Tropicana which is gone, and do you see who’s performing!   And that empty skyline.   Wow!

Grandma at the Boulder Dam south of Las Vegas.

Grandma at the Boulder Dam south of Las Vegas.  Okay, now it’s called Hoover Dam.

And finally the Las Vegas trip photos were fascinating as well.  I lived in Las Vegas for about two years or more during the late 1990’s and it looked nothing like this.  It’s incredible to think how much that city has grown in such a short period of time.

Until the next installment of retro images…

G. Winkler ©2014

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Treasure of Family Memories: Part 2

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My Grandfather took an unusually large amount of slide photos during the year 1959 and perhaps that was due to the fact that he had just started taking slide photos, and he was excited about creating a whole new medium to share.  Grandfather was a Landscaper/Nursery Owner and during the winter time he managed properties that needed care while people were away.  When the Lake Tahoe area got snow in the winter time, the snow fall would be so heavy and intense that it would break the roofs of the summer homes and cottages, so my Grandfather and some others that worked for him would remove the snow from the roofs and keep an eye out for trespassers as well.

A view from my parent's backyard in northwest Reno in 1959 - the house was located on a street called Wesley Drive.

A view from my parent’s backyard in northwest Reno in 1959 – the house was located on a street called Wesley Drive.

This was also the year that my older brother, Donald, was born.  My parents lived down in the northwest part Reno, so when the weather was good, it was possible to visit with family.  The roads between Lake Tahoe and Reno were not always that good or pleasant to drive.  I recall stories about the Mount Rose highway being this horrible narrow winding road that one feared the chance of meeting an oncoming Semi-truck.  As a kid I thought the Mt Rose highway was already pretty scary as I always got car sick if I rode in the back seat in my parent’s old red caddy, and to hear that it was once worse was somewhat unfathomable.  Today there are few remnants left of the old part of the road and only old timers recall which parts were part of the original route up the mountain.  My Grandparents often opted for the safer route of highway 89 through Truckee, CA down to Interstate 80.

Squaw Valley during ski season.

Squaw Valley during ski season.

My Grandmother holding my older sister, Karen.  They both look so happy.

My Grandmother holding my older sister, Karen. They both look so happy.

Grandma standing to the far right with their friends Burt and Gerdie Edson some where up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Notice how my Grandma often wears skirts and dress shoes.

Grandma standing to the far right with their friends Burt and Gerdie Edson some where up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Notice how my Grandma often wears skirts and dress shoes.

Grandma posing with the car with - I think Topaz Lake like behind her.

Grandma posing with the car  – I think Topaz Lake is behind her.

Living up at Lake Tahoe all year around often meant enduring a bit of cabin fever during the winter months.  One could actually get snowed in and be in danger of not having enough food to eat, so when the opportunity presented itself, it was wise to get out and go shopping and just go for a drive to see and be someplace else.  My grandparents would stop at places like Squaw Valley or meet up with other friends and family that lived within the Sierra Nevada Range area.  They would go hiking, camping, or simply just spend the day with friends talking.  As I write this, I am realizing that technology has really changed our way of life so tremendously.  In 1959 to make a phone call from Homewood, CA to Reno, NV was a long distance call that was expensive, so my family did not get to talk on the phone as often like we can do today.  In 1959 there was no Internet, so in order to send a written message, one had to rely on the United States Postal Service, which meant a message would take a week to arrive unlike the instant email or text message.  As I recall my parents and my grandparents would take turns making the call so that no one would get stuck with the big long distance phone bill.

Uncle Detlef sitting in front of his California home.

Uncle Detlef sitting in front of his California home.

Most of Grandma’s family ended up in California since they all came to the US via the Panama Canal to San Francisco, California, so often trips into the farmlands and other regions of California was part of their social life.  My Grandpa came through the Ellis Island route in New York so his family was more spread out across the country.  But Uncle Detlef Tiedemann, who was actually my Great Uncle, settled in South Dakota for a while until he later moved to California.  There are photos of him standing with a lemon tree in his backyard as well as the one of him sitting on the front porch of the house.  I look at this picture of him and feel somewhat amazed to think that this was taken 55 years ago.  It looks like it could have been taken yesterday.  The only clue that this is an older home and is that it has the wood shingle roof that is no longer practical these days.  I wonder if this house is still standing.  It looks like they took great pride in their home.

View of Lake Tahoe - Emerald Bay.

View of Lake Tahoe – Emerald Bay.

Spring runoff water pouring down towards Lake Tahoe.

Spring runoff water pouring down towards Lake Tahoe.

Grandma holding my brother when he was probably about 4 months old.

Grandma holding my brother when he was probably about 4 months old.

Grandpa sitting with Karen in his lap with Grandma holding Donald up at Tahoe.

Grandpa sitting with Karen in his lap with Grandma holding Donald up at Tahoe.

Grandma sitting with Karen and Donald on the stone steps that led up to the house that my Grandfather built.  I loved those steps - they were so massive and fun to play on.

Grandma sitting with Karen and Donald on the stone steps that led up to the house that my Grandfather built.   I loved those steps – they were so massive and fun to play on.

"Uncle Willie" aka Wilhelm Hanni - Grandma's brother.  All of the old cars in these photos are wonderful to see.  I can just imagine car enthusiasts loving these photos.

“Uncle Willie” aka Wilhelm Hanni – Grandma’s brother.    All of the old cars in these photos are wonderful to see. I can just imagine car enthusiasts loving these photos.

Great Grandpa Hanni - whom I never got to meet - sitting with Grandma, Karen, and Donald.  He moved with his children from Switzerland where he had been a train engineer.  He had hoped to move with his wife but she did not survive a surgery.

Great Grandpa Hermann  Hanni – whom I never got to meet – sitting with Grandma, Karen, and Donald.   He moved with his children from Switzerland where he had been a Train Engineer.   He had hoped to move with his wife but she did not survive a surgery that was before their journey in 1929.

Karen absently snuffling the flowers in a garden at Lake Tahoe.

Karen absently snuffling the flowers in a garden at Lake Tahoe.

The Snow Flower plant that we were told to never pick because it was an endangered plant and one could get fined for picking it.

The Snow Flower plant that we were told to never pick because it was an endangered plant and one could get fined for picking it.

So when my Grandparents were not visiting family elsewhere, they enjoyed the Lake Tahoe area.  I am sure some of the areas that they took of photos do not look the same anymore.  Currently the region along the Sierra Nevada Range is suffering from a series of draughts and this year is threatening to be another bad one.  I look at the photos of the plentiful spring runoff and wish for that to be for today as well.  We have lost so many trees and plants this winter and past summer, so that when I look at the picture of the snow flower plant, I wonder if there will be any left up in the hills this coming year.  Will there be a lovely green spring time up at Lake Tahoe again like the images I see from the past?  I guess only time will tell.

G.Winkler ©2014

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