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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Memory Monday, Week 115

I’ve posted plenty of images from our various trips to the coast (sometimes more than once), but here’s one trip I seem to have overlooked. It dates back to 1993, in the period not long after we had lost our first pitbull, Phoebe. I suspect one reason for this particular trip was to try to console ourselves, not to mention […]

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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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Strange skies

Wildfires up and down the West Coast of the US have turned our skies grey and made the sun appear as a bright red ball in the heavens; but it wasn’t until last Tuesday that we began to see the atmosphere transforming to a post-apocalyptic orange. Even after the effect seemed to ease, photos shot with my Canon and Fujifilm […]

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Up among the trees

In my post yesterday I highlighted the areas closer to the lake level along Beek’s Bight at Folsom Lake; today, I’m exploring the trails higher up. Some of these tracks are popular mountain bike routes as you might notice by the tire tracks in the mud. I shot most of these pictures this past January.

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All the angles

I’ve been out to Beek’s Bight at Folsom Lake so many times that I figured I may as well share some of my photos from the past few years. So many of my visits seem to happen in the wintertime when the water level is low and more rocky points are exposed (if you’ve ever gone bass fishing, that will […]

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