Ivy Tree Photography – Mt Shasta, Ca – Siskiyou County

Ivy Ferl is owner/ operator/ photographer at www.ivytreephotography.com/. She is also a member of gold country photographers. Here is her latest blog post from her website 😉

My Home!

November 14, 2017

So, I have been fortunate enough to have grown up in a beautiful mountain town. It’s small and you know everyone, but it has it’s perks. I spent my summers camping at the many mountain lakes the area has to offer. My winters were spent at our local ski area.

I often envied people who got to see Mount Shasta for the first time. You see, being born and raised in this area, Mount Shasta was just there. I took it for granted. It wasn’t until I moved away in my early 20’s, that I realized the beauty I was so lucky to have right in front of me.

After starting my family, my husband and I moved back to our home town. Now, I find Mount Shasta to be one of my main subjects when it comes to taking pictures.

Here are some of my favorite Mount Shasta pictures from 2017. I hope you enjoy!


Road Trip to a Smokey Yosemite – Gold Country Photography

We took a quick little one day trip to Yosemite last Sunday. There were two things we did not think about, the wildfire smoke and the huge crowds. Well, we made the most of each. Instead of taking photos at the usual spots we decided to pull into those small two car turnouts around the loop and take shots from around the Merced river. Even with the crowds and all of the smoke it was a good day 😉



All photos property of Gold Country Photography 2017

49th Gold Country Scout Group, BPSA-US – Grass Valley – Nevada County


Camp. Hike. Whittle. Whistle. Bring your whole family or just come on your own. This co-ed, all-age traditional outdoor scouting program was developed and refined over 40 years starting in 1907 by the Father of Scouting and Chief Scout of the World, Lord Robert  Baden-Powell. The nostalgia we have for scouting days of old exists because of this program.

 The opportunity to participate in a whole family activity is rare these days. The best way we learn is by example – from friends, from parents, and from other community members, young and old. Develop skills, meet new people, have pride in your work and your service to your community.

We teach real outdoor skills and engage in adventures, campouts, and community-building. Service is one of our core tenants, as we create a culture where children and adults ask,”how can I help?”

Our aim thus remains the same as when scouting was founded: to promote good citizenship, discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, and useful skills. BPSA is totally independent of, and not affiliated with, the Boys Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts of the USA.

We are members of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS); and as such are not in competition with other American scouting associations, we are only their brothers and sisters. BPSA-US work closely with the Baden-Powell Scouts’ Association of England and the Baden-Powell Service Association in Canada.

The original scouting family  Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the Father of Scouting and Chief Scout of the World, and his family

“The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.”- Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Scouting Movement


“The BPSA offers a choice for those with curiosity, energy, and independence of spirit. We are committed to providing an appropriate alternative and community-oriented Scouting experience. The BPSA welcomes everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, religion (or no religion), or other differentiating factors. Our mission is to provide a positive learning environment within the context of democratic participation and social justice. We foster the development of Scouts in an environment of mutual respect and cooperation.”

The training scheme devised by Baden-Powell is based on using the natural desires of young people as a guide to the activities that will attract and hold them.

Our method and practice provide young people with the opportunity to craft and develop their own adventures, trips, and service projects.

The appeal of true Scouting has always been to that element of the vagabond, pioneer, and explorer, which is part of our nature, and is at its most evident in youth.

Scouting is an outdoor movement and that is part of its character. To whatever degree conditions may, at time, force us indoors—such as weather, darkness, or town life—we must regard this as second-best necessity and never as a satisfactory substitute for the real thing.

For more info – https://49thgoldcountry.com


photos by Celeste


Hanging with Kelly – Guest Blogger – Placerville, Ca

Kelly Howell; Wife, Mother, Documentary Photographer, Entrepreneur,…..Adventurer. Kelly lives in Placerville, Ca. which is also known as “Hangtown“. Below is a blog post from her photography website, www.kellyhowellphoto.com.

Exploring the Outdoors

I always forget how close we live to so many beautiful, natural things. We live a little over an hour from Lake Tahoe and two hours from the beach. In between all that are many more of California’s wonderful places like lakes, waterfalls, streams, foothills, wetlands, mountains and forests. Many of the reasons I live in California is to be so close to all of these things. If you don’t live here you probably don’t realize how diverse our terrain is. I have encountered many people who think everyone in California lives next to the beach. I giggle every time someone tells me that. It’s not just people from out of the country either, it’s people from other parts of the states too.

Recently we took a trip to a place called Bassi Falls. I have heard about the falls from several people, but we just never took the time to go. I don’t know why, since it’s only about 45 minutes from us. It was a great hike for our family. It was about a mile in and it cascaded over giant granite boulders. It started out on a single track trail among towering pine trees.


Pictured is my mom or what my son calls her, Gigi. 


Once the dirt trail ended we were on granite rock for the rest of the time. I love the rock! The granite has these tiny little sparkles underneath the sun and it reminds me of the sea shimmering. It also allows people to build cairns, which for some reason I am drawn to photographing. The cairns are meant to mark trails, but many people now just build them as art or to mark their presence. Many park rangers end up knocking them over as they can be misleading for other hikers. So I never trust them to lead the way anymore. I do however like to take pictures of them and have many photographs of cairns in my collection.



Pictured is my husband and son.
As you can see in the next picture is a lot of granite rock. Many of California’s trails near Tahoe and in El Dorado National Forest are made of granite. A popular jeeping trail called the Rubicon Trail, which was a Native American foot path at one point, runs through this area. It’s about 22 miles long and brutal. I remember going on it with a childhood friend and her dad and the jeep broke down. We had to camp on the granite rocks for a couple of days until someone came to our rescue.




Even though the waterfall wasn’t flowing a lot, since it’s later in the summer, there were still many pools to swim in. Had I known, I would have worn the right clothes. However, there were many shallow pools that my son, husband and I could splash in. My parent’s dog even got in on the action!



Such a beautiful place, so close to home. You’ll just never know what you’ll find when you explore! I’ll leave you with a couple more shots of the pools and scenery. Until the next adventure!




To read more of Kelly’s adventures, go here to her website blog –