Vallecito, Big Trees, Calaveras, JFC, 1964-1965


That’s the reference of the Jessica Fong Collection 4×5″ negative sleeve we’ll be looking at today.

There was no further description, and in light of multiple subjects, I assume that Joel may not have remembered for sure when this was shot at the Calaveras Big Trees State Park as it is currently known.

These are 4×5″ negatives, some of which are photographed on infrared film, a favorite of Joel in the 1962-1965 time frame.

I’m personally not familiar enough with the Vallecitos area in Calaveras County nor the Big Trees State Park to add much to the images. The creek could be in either location.

The first two images are photographed on infrared film, observe how the greens of the trees are rendered very light to almost white in color.

Vallecito Creek or Calaveras Big Trees Creek, 1964-1965
Vallecito Creek or Calaveras Big Trees Creek, 1964-1965

The next two images are from a very similar to same location, just on regular B&W film. Quite a different feel.

Calaveras Big Trees Creek, 1964-1965
Calaveras Big Trees Creek, 1964-1965

Last images in this Calaveras series is one of the remains of a felled “big tree”.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is named for the spectacular giant sequoia trees – the largest trees in the world – that were first discovered here. 

Once the world knew of their existence, demand to see the giant sequoias was immediate.

Tourists began arriving at the Calaveras North Grove by 1853, and historians believe that the North Grove is the longest continuously operating tourist attraction in California, and perhaps anywhere west of the Mississippi.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park, established 1931

Last two images are of an accident. Joel photographed quite a few of them in his career as a photographer.

Accident
Accident, Joel’s shadow is in the picture.

There’s a Segarini’s sign in the background at the left side of the street, so this might be on Harding Way. The tow truck logo reads “Charter Way”. Circa 1964-1965 in light of the car models is a decent guess.

Cheers !

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