Robie Point Trail

It’s been about 30 years since I last hiked the Auburn end of the American River Canyon. There are so many trails shooting off in different directions, it’s easy to get disoriented if you’re not familiar with the area. Today we explored the Robie Point Fire Break trail, searching for river access and a good fishing spot for the Big […]

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Lands End Coastal Trail

San Francisco’s Coastal Trail at Lands End is popular with both tourists and locals for a very good reason — whether you’re out for a run or just strolling, the scenery is beautiful. There’s also plenty of history to be found. The western end of the trail used to be a trolley line connecting the Cliff House with downtown San […]

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Bewick’s Wren

When I heard a small critter scuttling around inside this dead log at Negro Bar State Park, I just assumed it was a squirrel. But instead, out popped this busy little Bewick’s Wren. Luckily, it paused in its labors just long enough for me to shoot a few pictures. Nimble and acrobatic, Bewick’s Wrens often hang upside down as they […]

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This and that

Sometimes on my local hikes I don’t come across anything really exciting to shoot; so instead I look for small details or odd little things that catch my eye. It might be an unexpected message or something accidentally left behind — or even a colorful rock that I’ve probably trod on hundreds of times without ever noticing before.

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