Five bucks

Last Tuesday the Big Guy took me out to a new spot along the south bank of the American River. He’d been seeing black-tail bucks in the area as he passed through on his bike, and he was pretty certain I could get some good photos. Parking costs $5 in this portion of county-controlled greenbelt — but I think we […]

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Black-tail doe

Last Wednesday after a rainy morning, the weather calmed down a bit, and I ventured out to do some exploring over the dredger tailings on Mississippi Bar. I saw only one or two other people in the hour or so I was there; but an alert doe took notice of my arrival. She seemed to be all alone, and she […]

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Airborne

What happens when you surprise a couple of does on your morning walk? If you’re lucky, they stand around for a few minutes, staring at you and trying to decide what their next move should be. These two girls seemed inclined to carry on as before, picking their way up the hill to my left — until they suddenly heard […]

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Hoofprints

A nice bit of overcast lured me out of the house this morning and down to Mississippi Bar with my cameras. The clouds burned off by 10 o’clock, and although I had the hiking trails mostly to myself, I did see a few other critters — some horses from the Shadow Glen Stables and a scattering of typically curious blacktail […]

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Morning rendezvous

Now and then, if I’m out early enough, I might encounter a doe (or maybe three) in the brushy parkland around Lake Natoma. But it’s a very rare treat for me to spot a buck, and especially one as close as the one I saw yesterday morning around 6 a.m. This early in the summer, his impressive rack is still […]

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Gang of three

I had an unexpected close encounter while hiking down the trail towards Snipes Ravine yesterday morning (walking distance from my house). Most of the deer I’ve spotted on or near Mississippi Bar are much farther away and are quick to take flight at any sight of humans. But these three — two does and a buck — seem to be […]

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