Quiet history

The men and women who built St John’s Catholic Church and worshipped there, who now lie buried in the adjoining cemetery, most likely were never famous. Although their names may never be found in the history books, they created a community in the town of Coloma — and in their own ways, quietly helped shape the course of the events […]

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Moth and mantis

Any time I find a praying mantis, I just have to grab my camera. Even if I can’t get close enough for a really awesome shot, there’s just something so amazing about these insects. I found this one hanging out in our front yard, and I stalked her for at least half an hour; I’m sure she was hoping I’d […]

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Morning on the river

I went along with the Big Guy this morning to check out River Bend Park in Rancho Cordova. It was my first time there, and I hadn’t realized the park was quite so large! Since we could stay for only about an hour today, I’m now looking forward to going back and exploring much more intensely. We did spot some […]

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Red-eared Sliders

It’s kind of a fun challenge to try and photograph turtles sunning themselves on logs; they are extremely wary and tend to disappear into the water at the least sign of movement on the bank.  Unfortunately, most of the turtles I see in my area are Red-eared Sliders, an invasive species that crowds out the native Western Pond Turtles.

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Little gray bird

I’m not absolutely sure of the ID on the small birds I spotted this morning near Lake Natoma, but it looks very much to me like a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. If so, I’m only sorry I didn’t get to see the bright red color; it’s visible on adult males when the bird is excited.

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