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Worldwide Instameet in Nevada City

Worldwide Instameet in Nevada City

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This past weekend I participated in the Worldwide Instameet. We gathered at the Outside Inn for a ramble about town. I've lived here most of my life. And gathering with friends to explore familiar areas inspired me to look again at the beauty of Nevada City. From the old cemetery with stories in worn marble, to downtown where we found a Gypsy Jazz band drifting through town, I absolutely loved photographing my hometown. Our little town has some big beautiful photography opportunities. The instameet gave me a chance to meet local photographers for a wander around Nevada City, California. Our town was founded in the gold-rush era with incredible architectural details and vibrant gardens. As a group, we started in a historical cemetery where we mused about life in pioneer days. We found autumn trees, enjoyed the neighborhood, then walked downtown. There, beside the saloon and vintage shops, we found a Gypsy Jazz band enroute to New Orleans with their hound and kitten. Quite an adventure!

Many thanks to Outside Inn and Kial James for organizing the day.

Light in the Cemetery in Nevada City, California

The old cemetery at the top of the hill. I have many memories here from my younger years (we were always respectful. It was quiet and we could be there without spending any money). We value the history and stories in this beautiful place.

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

@crudorsey brought a polaroid for epic images.

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Fall colors, hurrah!

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

The crew documenting the oldest part of the cemetery.

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

@rosannenevadacity noticed how this tombstone had a "watermark" of the company and address that carved the stone. Even then, advertising was a creative pursuit... Wonder how many people found them from a tombstone. "Who made WM's grave marker? Oh, that Myers company on Market Street."

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

The fall colors are here. So gorgeous!

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Time adds beauty.

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

The gardens of Nevada City had so many little treasures. Sweet little decorations and beautiful plants. I don't get to stroll very ofter (I need to be having a good day), so I really appreciated seeing everything that people added to their yards.

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

The Two Room Inn, one of my favorite Nevada City places.

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Painting curbs. That old paint sure needed a refresher! These girls were contributing community service hours beautifying the town.

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

The Nevada Theatre. Celebrating 150 years.

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

A fun group of Gypsy Jazz musicians stopping by town on their way to New Orleans. Notice the kitten on the fiddler's knee. They were a fun group!

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Walking back to my car (little too much walking, but that's another story), I glimpsed pets and gardens and details that I tend to overlook when running errands. What a special town.

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

The National Hotel. Another town treasure. And where I had my first job cleaning hotel rooms.

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

Nevada City by Lenkaland Photography

You can find me on Instagram @lenkaland. If you would like to explore Nevada City yourself, simply visit the Outside Inn (they're great at sharing walking maps about town) and/or follow Visit Nevada City on Instagram. Look for our images with the #wwim12nevadacity hashtag. And keep an eye out for the next instameet. So fun!

Real Life in September

Real Life in September

Lake Tahoe with Family

Lake Tahoe with Family