Small beauties

It’s easy to see the beauty of larger avians like the Bald Eagle, the Great Blue Heron, or the Snowy Owl. A lot of times I miss the small birds because they are more shy, they move very quickly, and at a distance the intricacy of their plumage may not be visible.

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Sweetwater diversion

With the Folsom Lake water levels so low at this time of year, it’s not uncommon to see more old structures appearing along the shore. At Sweetwater Creek the difference between now and my previous visit last spring is pretty dramatic. I was pleased to find evidence of historic water diversion during my hike, but it was also fun comparing […]

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Trail signs

Most of the signs I see along the trail when hiking are ordinary things, offering information or giving directions. I usually appreciate seeing them because they reassure me I’m headed in the right direction — even if the signs themselves seem a little confused. Other signs leave me scratching my head; surely they have a meaning, even if I can’t […]

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Rock garden

I always find a strange beauty in the enormous granite outcroppings arising out of the earth around the area of Folsom Lake. According to one source (PDF link), the Folsom granite is about 128 million years old; I grew up seeing large granite rocks like these all over the Sierra foothills, so they are both familiar and mysterious to me. […]

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Miners Ravine Nature Reserve

I like to visit this hidden treasure along Folsom-Auburn Road in Granite Bay on cool autumn mornings. The trail is a relatively short loop (0.9 miles), but thanks to the terrain, it doesn’t feel especially crowded. I think those who come here are looking for a bit of peace and quiet and are happy to allow fellow visitors a bit […]

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Granite maze

Indian summer at Folsom Lake. Hiking from the Doton’s Point parking lot at Granite Bay, you can literally get lost in the tangle of intersecting trails climbing over and between huge granite outcrops to the top of the ridge. Once you arrive at the highest point, enjoy the view! Because you’re definitely going to get confused again, trying to find […]

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Two seasons

I used the same camera and tried to find the same spot where I was standing in March 2019; but after a few minutes of hiking around under the warm midday sun (and trying to avoid the small groups of sunseekers heading for the water’s edge), I lined up the profile of the foothills as best I could and headed […]

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