Pulmonary Rehab: How Important?

How Important Is Pulmonary Rehab?I was diagnosed with COPD (emphysema) in 2005. A couple years later, after I had lost my business, my home and much of my ability to do normal physical activities, I asked 2 different doctors to tell me how much time I had left. Both said (reluctantly) approximately the same thing: 2 or 3 years. Of all the meds and treatments prescribed to me, pulmonary rehab was not one of them.

That was 10 years ago. Yes, I’m very happy to still be alive. Very. But I also struggle every day, sometimes for every breath. The simplest things have become difficult – taking a shower, walking the isles of the grocery store, searching for my next great photograph. (more…)

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Plumas County Fair Photos

Plumas-Sierra County Fair Photo Entries

by Jim McClain

This was my first photo contest. I entered 19 photos in the county fair and won 13 ribbons on twelve of them (one received 2 ribbons, one a Best of Division). Yes, I’m proud. But I am also humbled by all the beautiful pictures I was surrounded by from the enormous talent of many fine photographers here in Plumas County. It was an honor to be among them.

These photos, the exact same photos that were on display at the county fair, are for sale. (more…)

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The Rodeo Comes to Taylorsville

The Silver Buckle Rodeo, Taylorsville, CA

The Taylorsville Silver Buckle Rodeo has been a fixture in Plumas County since 1949 – the year of my birth. I’ve enjoyed the rodeo many times over the years, especially when I was a youth in the 60s. I went to Taylorsville Elementary School in the 4th grade (1958-59) and broke my first bone jumping off the deck railing of the Taylorsville Tavern. But I saw a real bone breaking at the CCPRA Silver Buckle Rodeo one year during the calf roping event. Quite a visual for a young boy and I cringe to this day thinking about it.

Welcome to The Silver Buckle RodeoBecause of my health restrictions, I wasn’t going to be able to go to the actual rodeo event. I enjoy making pictures of horses and other animals though, so I thought I might be able to get access to the grounds the evening before and the morning of the rodeo, before they opened the gates to the public. (more…)

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After the Rain, North Valley

North Valley Road, Indian Valley

North Valley Road is in a remote area of Plumas County, CA. North Valley Road and its intersecting streets connect Greenville, North Arm, Taylorsville and Genesee around the north side of Indian Valley. It’s a beautiful drive that I didn’t appreciate enough when I was a young school boy in the 1960s. There was a time that this road was merely a challenge to a new driver looking for excitement and confronting fear.

Today, I meander. I take in all the rare beauty, enjoy the smells. And I take extra care (more…)

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Early Morning Spring Geese

On the last morning of March 2015, I found myself looking for pictures at one of my favorite locations, the far end of Quincy Junction Road. The sun had been up barely a half-hour, fog was lifting off the pond and Spring geese were having their breakfast and morning bath. Click or tap the photo below to see it fill…

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Protected: For 2020 Visitors Guide Consideration

This post is private and only viewable if you have the password. You are welcome to share your password with anyone. This post will be deleted after you have made your selections, if any, and downloaded the files you want. As a local photographer who has previously been published in your Visitors Guide, I would like to submit the following…

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Turkey Vulture

My First Wildlife Photographs

Turkey Vulture in Feather River Country

During a recent drive through the Feather River Canyon and into the rolling hills near Oroville, CA, I sped past a tree with bare branches at the top and what looked like a couple large birds perched up top. As I drove by, I thought they might be eagles or maybe Red-tailed Hawk, which are fairly common where I live. But they looked bigger. I was to learn they were Turkey Vultures. My immediate destination was to a VA clinic in The Bay Area, so I hoped they might be around on my trip home a few days later.

Turkey Vulture   Turkey Vulture

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Revival of An Old Hobby

Back in the early 80s, I found an interest in photography. I bought the latest Canon film camera, an A-1, lenses, filters and an assortment of other gear. The hobby began, as many of my hobbies do, with research and plenty of reading and, in this case, looking at the pictures of many photography artists of that time. My enthusiasm also took me to school - I enrolled in a B&W photography course at a college in San Mateo, near where I was living at the time.

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Pick Your Best Smile

Beautify the Space Between Your Teeth

This Is The Best Toothpick Ever

Flents ToothpixThis is the best toothpick ever! It’s a Poly Pik, which is a very difficult to find brand, unless you want to order 500 at a time. I can’t remember where or when I found my first Poly Pik (this product is branded Flents on the packaging), but it was years ago and I have been using the same 4 Toothpix all that time. Well, actually, I use only one at a time, but I keep one in my car and another at my desk. I used to keep one in my wallet too, but that just didn’t seem right – people would stare when I’d pull the thing outa my wallet (more…)

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What’d you pay for that Segway?
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What’d you pay for that Segway?

How much did that thing cost you?

It seems like a fairly innocuous question. I get asked that question every time I am out gliding about on my Segway. I know it’s an unusual device, especially where I live – I think I’m the only one in Plumas County, CA that has one, or uses one regularly. But I sure wish people would think about that question before they blurt it out.

What would be your reaction if a stranger walked up to you and asked how much you paid for your car? A person you have never met comes up and asks, “what’d you pay for your watch?” Someone stops you in your tracks and says, “how much you pay for that bike/ring on your finger/bag of groceries? (more…)

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