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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Return to Slate Bar

It’s been awhile since I hiked up to Slate Bar, but a warmish day in January (I actually wore shorts) seemed like the perfect time to go back. I was able to get off the paved bike trail and away from the seemingly endless stream of walkers and cyclists, at least for a little while. “This bar was located just […]

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