One fine spring weekend in 2015, lacking any mmediate task or goal, I chose an assignment for myself, as I often do, to practice new skills: a reportorial visit to the town of Murphys, California, to shoot as if I'd been hired by the local Chamber of Commerce to illustrate a vistors' web site.

For two days I walked the street (yes, there is one), drove the country lanes, and absorbed with the fresh eyes of a first-time visitor. I learned a lot - about the town, its local people, and how to capture images that would invite others to visit this historic, hip, happy little foothill town resting on a hill of golden history.

This is my homework.

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