Photographer Ryan Albaugh

Photographer Ryan Albaugh lives and works in the Fall River region of eastern Shasta County. The area is full of majestic scenery and people enjoying a country life not typically seen in most of California. That sense of place that lends richness to his subjects, which he does a great job of capturing. Click on any image to go to his site.
RyanAlbaugh1RyanAlbaugh2RyanAlbaugh3Below, one of my favorites. Of course, a photograph is only captured light. But sometimes, just sometimes, the light comes from within the subject. And then it’s magic. Like this. Yeah, click on this one.RyanAlbaugh4Well worth your time to look over his portfolio at Even better, hire a session. Your light is waiting to be captured. Ryan also does landscape photography, and of course his subjects are often stunning views of glorious eastern Shasta County. You can order them directly from his website, which is convenient. And you can also get in touch with Ryan on Facebook and Twitter @ryanalbaugh.

Exposing the Intermountain perspective of Really Redding, via your skilled aperture.
Carry on, lensman.

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Cafe Maddalena in Dunsmuir

Approaching Cafe Maddalena from across Pine street, subtle clues suggest this isn’t your typical northstate eatery.
Cafe Maddelena ParkingInside you’ll find a diminutive space, making it all the more intimate. Warmer weather allows more dining on their back patio.
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Seen here, the Trio of stuffed eggs. Elegant and tasty, each with a different variation of stuffing.
Cafe Maddalena Stuffed Egg TrioSoup of the day was a rich Potato and Leek creation.
Cafe Maddalena SoupThe kitchen opens to the dining area. Our server Sarah was attentive and knowledgeable.
Cafe Maddalena Sarah
Grilled mahi with tapanade, roasted garlic aioli, rice sautéed spinach, olives & capers.
Cafe Maddalena Mahi
Crispy quail stuffed with pancetta & savoy cabbage over risotto with mushrooms & brussel sprouts.
Cafe Maddalena Quail Located at 5801 Sacramento Ave., Dunsmuir CA 96025 (530) 235-2725 HOURS: Thursday–Sunday, 5 pm–9 pm. There’s a menu at the Cafe Maddelena website. The menu changes regularly. I like how the wines available by the glass are chosen to pair well with the current menu. An indicator of the overall thoughtfulness put into their service.

They recommend making reservations, and they aren’t kidding. We had often tried to get in while passing through Dunsmuir, only to find disappointment instead. Do call ahead.

Cafe Maddalena Front

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Blooming Winter on Eureka Way

Just a bit more gloating about our fine Winter weather. Spotted these blooming trees in front of a medical building on Eureka Way in Redding and grabbed these images with my cell phone. Spring is still 30 days away.
Eureka Way flowering trees 2

Eureka Way flowering treesMore stunning in person, but this will have to do. It’s blooming Winter in Really Redding.

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You cold, east coast?

While the east coast literally freezes today and posts pictures of ice skating on their toilets, this Redding driver enjoyed a lovely day in a nice car on Lake Boulevard.
Corvette2 on Lake BlvdShot taken through my windshield.
Say, I just had a thought. If you east coast types ever decide that living in a place where going outside in a t-shirt can KILL YOU is maybe bad for business, you should know we have an empty business park just sitting in Redding called the Stillwater Business Park. I can help you relocate. Redding is good for business, but bad for skating on your toilet.
StillwaterOkay, technically that toilet skater is in Canada. Maybe you guys should consider Redding too, eh?

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A boxcar full of…


I don’t want to encourage graffiti at all, but I saw this today on Highway 273 near Redding and couldn’t resist the shot. I think we’ve all ridden that train before, only to discover too late it was pulling a boxcar full of…

“You didn’t set out on the track to hell.

But it should come as no surprise.

Your destination is guaranteed,

pulling a boxcar full of lies.”

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Skull yard decor

We like unusual yard art. This arrangement fits the category.

Another excellent marketing image from The Address RealtyAs seen northeast of town. It’s a ReallyRedding reminder of life’s impermanence. Maybe.


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New banners coming to Downtown

Viva Downtown accomplishes great things for Redding. I saw these terrific looking upcoming banner designs in a FB post and thought I’d share them here. Nice style.


Banner1These should really dress up the streets in stylish art. I look forward to seeing them all unfurled.

We keep a link to Viva Downtown in the sidebar, or you can click the website image below. Always interesting to see what they have cooking.

Coming up: The Hops and Shops celebration event on February 19 looks like it will be bigger and better than ever.

Viva Downtown! It’s ReallyRedding.


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Highway 36 in Winter

Here’s a shot I took yesterday on a lonely stretch of Highway 36 in Northern Tehama County, whilst out on some real estate business.
Another excellent marketing image from The Address Realty
Click to slightly expand. Stark beauty in the northstate.

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Caffe Pagato in Redding

Looking for a cup of goodness, or some food close to downtown? Your search is over.

CaffePagato3CaffePagato4Love seeing the daily specials on the butcher paper roll. They offer a wide variety.

From their website:

“Caffe Pagato is more than just a coffee shop. Owners Mike Davis and Jenny Melchor first envisioned Caffe Pagato as merely a small coffee kiosk offering Caltrans employees some brewed coffee. After getting connected with Amy Louis of Six Degrees Coffee out of Chico, that all changed. Amy opened their eyes to a whole new exciting world of specialty coffee that Mike and Jenny wanted to share with Redding.”



Full menu is online at Caffe Pagato’s really nice website. Nice work on that!


Below, the building Caffe Pagato is located inside at night. They aren’t open at night, however. But I like how this building looks at night too.

Night view of Redding Building

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Brick’s Smokehouse in Redding

There was a time it was hard to get good BBQ in Redding. Then, Brick’s arrived.

Bricks sign Bricks barThey offer some good beers on tap. Especially good news is that they have brews from our local Fall River Brewing Company. You can’t go wrong with any of their beers.

Bricks diningI’ve written about Brick’s BBQ in Redding before, back in 2010. Back when they were located on Placer, where Wilda’s Grill now graces our town. Brick’s moved here, to this former donut shop which is much larger. And they’ve been going gangbusters ever since. I read that they are planning on opening an additional east Redding location soon.

Bricks salad

Below, a Trinomi sandwich. One of their big sellers. It combines Tri-Tip with their smoked Pastrami, and is served with fries and Au Jus for dipping. Dee-lish.Bricks Trinomi

Bricks exterior2

There are now other places with good barbeque in Redding too, so Brick’s set a trend. I will say those other BBQ places can be rather predictable. Brick’s isn’t that kind of place. A lot more down to earth. Bricks exterior

Here’s a link to Brick’s BBQ website. Located at Eureka Way and 11th Street, Brick’s is firmly established in Really Redding.

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