Bumbling around

There’s far too much yellow star thistle growing along the American River bike trail. While the flowers may look pretty, these plants have some fearsome spikes — it’s definitely no fun getting these stuck into your socks! Sadly, it’s nearly impossible to completely eradicate such invasive species. And since the bumblebees apparently seem to love them, it’s probably a losing […]

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Return to Salmon Falls

Earlier this week I returned with the Big Guy to the Sweetwater Creek area of the South Fork of the American River to continue our explorations of the Folsom Lake shoreline. We parked by the side of the road and quickly found a great trail that paralleled the creek for a ways. But the lake levels have risen quite a […]

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Sense of touch

The theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Sense of Touching: This week you can post anything that stimulates or delights your sense of touch.  It can be thorns on a rose, a soft baby’s face or tree bark.   Be creative and have fun.  Most of all I hope you have fun.

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Change of focus

I like the image above because, as well as offering a scenic look at Folsom Lake near Salmon Falls, it shows the contrast between trees at the beginning of their life, in their prime, and at the very end. Maybe it would have been a better shot if it showed all of the tree in the foreground; and of course […]

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Shapes of spring

Spring flowers come in many different amazing shapes as well as colors. For example, when I first noticed this plant (below) in a neighborhood front yard, it was the yellow flowers that initially caught my eye. Then I realized there was a lot more going on here than just small yellow flowers. I’d never seen a plant like this before; […]

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Escape to the lake

Like many of you, I’m spending most of my time at home these days. Although I live within walking distance of some lovely, scenic trails, they’ve become so crowded lately, seven days a week, that it seems safer and less stressful to stay away. However, one day last week I did go out to Folsom Lake with the Big Guy; […]

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