Just curious

We went looking for deer along the American River bike trail in Rancho Cordova yesterday morning. Not surprisingly, we managed to spot more females than males; the bucks are especially camera shy. These deer do their best to avoid humans, but they feel quite safe hiding among the dredger tailings and are used to seeing bicycle traffic. They did seem […]

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Shore birds

Doran Regional Park on the south end of Bodega Bay has long been a regular stop on our trips to the coast; when the tide is out we can usually gather plenty of ghost shrimp to use as bait for perch, rockfish, and cabezon. Of course, we humans aren’t the only ones attracted to this quiet shoreline. We joined a […]

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Bench seat

I was fooling around with an add-on macro lens for my phone; and the rusted metal coils of this old car seat (from a 1969 Pontiac Firebird) drew my attention. A few days later the same old seat looked much better after a bit of cleaning up and some black paint.

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Low water

It didn’t take long for the springtime high water levels at Folsom Lake to drop, as the runoff from snow diminished and more water was released from the reservoir. These days it’s a much longer hike to the waterline, and if you’re hoping to stay in the shade, you may need binoculars to find the lake. As of Sunday August […]

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Winter wandering

Some of my many images from the Beek’s Bight area of Folsom Lake. This occasion was a shore fishing trip in November 2015, in the middle of a six-year drought. I’ve applied some of the different creative filters available in PT Photo Editor, a free basic editing program that I’ve been using for quite awhile now.

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River walk

July got off to a pretty rough start for me, but I think things are now getting back to what passes for normal in the year 2020. Spending time outdoors helps a lot. On this particular day, I had fun introducing the Big Guy to some great spots along the South Fork of the American River at Magnolia Ranch in […]

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Fast or slow?

I’m a sucker for waterfalls — even a little tiny one in the water feature of a neighbor’s landscaped yard. Something about the sound of cascading water can make me pause on my way home from a 4-mile hike and stand sweating in the sunshine long enough to play around with my camera settings. And since I can’t decide which […]

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