Hidden memories

I’ve been out to Sacramento Bar on the American River quite a few times; but it wasn’t until this morning as I wandered along the maze of dirt trails that I just happened to catch a glimpse of this memorial sign in the shape of a flower. It was nearly hidden from view among the piles of dredger tailings and […]

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Land art

One of the fun things about watching the Tour de France every year is seeing all the ingenious and elaborate works of art decorating the various towns and villages the race passes through. Many of them are created each year by the local farmers using their tractors and bales of hay to celebrate the Tour and are best viewed from […]

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A walk in the woods

Our visit to Stillwater Cove Regional Park was one of the very best parts of last week’s coastal trip. I wanted to hike to the historic Fort Ross schoolhouse, and even though the trail wasn’t very long, we got a pretty good workout climbing down one side of the Stockhoff Creek ravine and up the other. I also struggled because, […]

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Salt Point Bluff Trail

The skies were grey with fog — with some smoke added in — but the day was still beautiful and the ocean views breathtaking. We started a short way up the coast from Stump Beach and hiked north along the cliff edge as far as Chinese Gulch, giving up when the trail became too overgrown to continue. These are just […]

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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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The quarry again

I didn’t plan this very well. The last time I stopped along the Rattlesnake Bar Road to take pictures of the old quarry, it was March and the sky was full of dark, rain-filled clouds. The conditions weren’t great for hiking, but for shooting this scene, I couldn’t have asked for much better. This time, though, it was a warm, […]

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