Our visit to Stillwater Cove Regional Park was one of the very best parts of last week’s coastal trip. I wanted to hike to the historic Fort Ross schoolhouse, and even though the trail wasn’t very long, we got a pretty good workout climbing down one side of the Stockhoff Creek ravine and up the other. I also struggled because, […]
Some of the signs that we saw on our recent coastal trip.
I can’t tell you the names of most of the flowers I saw during my recent trip to the coast; but I appreciated seeing their bright colors even more than usual, thanks to the smoke and fog hiding the sun every day.
The skies were grey with fog — with some smoke added in — but the day was still beautiful and the ocean views breathtaking. We started a short way up the coast from Stump Beach and hiked north along the cliff edge as far as Chinese Gulch, giving up when the trail became too overgrown to continue. These are just […]
Doran Regional Park on the south end of Bodega Bay has long been a regular stop on our trips to the coast; when the tide is out we can usually gather plenty of ghost shrimp to use as bait for perch, rockfish, and cabezon. Of course, we humans aren’t the only ones attracted to this quiet shoreline. We joined a […]
I’ve been out to Beek’s Bight at Folsom Lake so many times that I figured I may as well share some of my photos from the past few years. So many of my visits seem to happen in the wintertime when the water level is low and more rocky points are exposed (if you’ve ever gone bass fishing, that will […]
It didn’t take long for the springtime high water levels at Folsom Lake to drop, as the runoff from snow diminished and more water was released from the reservoir. These days it’s a much longer hike to the waterline, and if you’re hoping to stay in the shade, you may need binoculars to find the lake. As of Sunday August […]
I didn’t plan this very well. The last time I stopped along the Rattlesnake Bar Road to take pictures of the old quarry, it was March and the sky was full of dark, rain-filled clouds. The conditions weren’t great for hiking, but for shooting this scene, I couldn’t have asked for much better. This time, though, it was a warm, […]
Acorn Woodpeckers are so abundant in my area that sometimes I tend to take them for granted. But they truly are one of my favorite little birds, with a bright red cap and white-spotted wings, as well as their strategy of storing away acorns in trees and constantly rearranging them.