At Carquinez Strait

Whenever I get the chance to travel between Sacramento and San Francisco on the train, I can never resist taking pictures out the window — especially where the tracks run along the shoreline of Suisun and San Pablo bays. There’s usually something interesting to see!

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California birds

Over my lifetime I’ve seen — and heard! — so many scrub jays and magpies as I grew up in this part of California that I usually pay little attention to them and have never bothered to photograph them. Still, these two birds, both corvids, are intelligent, inquisitive, and mischievous, not to mention noisy. The California scrub jay actually ranges […]

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Under the palisades

Yesterday morning I noticed a large group of swallows swirling above my head as I walked along the base of the bluffs by Lake Natoma. They were moving so fast I had trouble catching them with my camera — but this morning I cranked up my shutter speed and went back for another try. I was also surprised that they […]

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