Gold dredger history

Back in the middle of last November I published a post about gold dredgers in Yuba County — but it wasn’t too many decades past that we had dredgers operating on the lower American River, including the area of what is now Lake Natoma. Along the river’s course, anywhere you find heaping piles of rounded cobble laid out in long […]

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January at Negro Bar

One of my favorite trails through the state park runs parallel to (and just a stone’s throw from) very busy Greenback Lane; and yet if I can get out early enough it can be a great place to snack on juicy blackberries, listen to all sorts of bird songs, encounter some Valley Quail, or maybe even spot a blacktail buck. […]

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Living lawn ornaments

These days there are so many wild turkeys wandering around the area that I’m not really surprised when a gang of them turn up in my front yard. They periodically cruise through my neighborhood looking for things to eat; and while I’m never very surprised, I still find it a great excuse to grab my camera and try to get […]

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