Crossing Lake Natoma

I’m not the only one who enjoys hanging out near Lake Natoma’s three bridges in the mornings. My first image was taken while standing on the 1893 pedestrian bridge, looking downstream. The second image is from the same bridge, looking upstream. And my final image was taken below the newest bridge, the Lake Natoma Crossing — if you look carefully […]

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Instant birdbath

Every year at the end of summer, we cover our above-ground swimming pool with two plastic tarps. Today I set out to drain the collected rainwater off the top of the tarps, using a garden hose as a siphon. Having got the water flowing in the right direction, I placed the end of the hose on the ground in a small […]

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WPC: Graceful

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of January 20, 2017. Whether it’s a person, a building, or an abstract shape, show us something that exists harmoniously with its surroundings. Standing in mud, water, or on dry land, these Chilean flamingos are the very picture of grace and beauty.

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Now we are free

High in the heavens a bird circled slowly, as if looking for the perfect landing spot. The wind carried him gently, as his wings moved in a steady rhythm, then stilled as he glided. He circled once, then twice, always moving slowly, steadily, gracefully. Below him lay civilization: streets, buildings, and man. As the bird circled once more, a small […]

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Not just turkeys

Have you ever heard that witty comment, “It’s hard to soar with the eagles when you’re surrounded by turkeys”? I guess you could say I felt a little bit like that on my hike the other day; everywhere I went I seemed to run into mobs of wild turkeys — and they weren’t too thrilled to see me, either. And then, […]

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California Coastal Critters

I took these photos in September and December 2015.  I was delighted to get close enough for decent shots with my point-and-shoot camera; but at the time I could only identify my subjects as seals (or possibly sea lions?) and birds that looked like gulls and “sandpipers.”  I’m pleased to say I finally took the time to sit down at the computer and educate myself about these California coastal critters. “Pacific Harbor Seals are found north of the equator in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the northeast Pacific, they range from Alaska to Baja California, Mexico. They favor near-shore coastal waters and are often seen on rocky islands, sandy beaches, mudflats, bays, and estuaries… “Pacific harbor seals spend about half their time on land and half in water. They can dive to 1,500 feet (457 m) for up to 40 minutes, although their average dive lasts three to seven minutes and is typically shallow, and they sometimes sleep in the water. They are opportunistic feeders, eating sole, flounder, sculpin, hake, cod, herring, octopus, and squid. While harbor seals swim safely in the surf, they will often curiously watch humans walking on beaches. However, they are wary of people while on land and will rush into the water if approached too closely or disturbed. In fact, if disturbed too often, they have been known to abandon favorite haul-out sites or their pups.”  Quoted from The Marine Mammal Center web […]

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