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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Western Tiger Swallowtail

It took me quite a few tries and several trips to the river before I finally managed to capture one of these gorgeous butterflies with my camera. It seemed like the Western Tiger Swallowtails were happily taunting me, always turning up after I had put my camera away, hovering around just out of reach as I fumbled to get my […]

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As old as time

One cool thing about living near the course of the American River is that it doesn’t take too much searching to find bedrock mortar sites. I’ve come across Indian grinding holes along both sides of Lake Natoma, on the shores of Folsom Lake, and on the banks of the South Fork of the American River. It never fails to thrill […]

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Riding dinosaurs

One of the cool things for kids (of all ages) at the Dave Moore Nature Area trail is hunting for toy dinosaurs along the one-mile loop. If you find one of these critters, you’re encouraged to relocate it for someone else to discover. On my first visit, I enjoyed exploring the trail but didn’t notice any dinosaurs. This time I […]

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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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Working mom

I always love photographing Common Mergansers; there’s something about these diving ducks, especially the females with their spiky red heads, that appeals to me. The other day I was relaxing in a secluded spot along the river when I heard a lot of splashing nearby and spotted this very busy mom with her single duckling. It made me wonder what […]

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