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. Advertisements

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Sunday morning hike

The temperature was perfect for hiking this morning, as I joined a few fellow nature lovers from FOLFAN (Friends of Lakes Folsom and Natoma) on a trek to Avery’s Pond and Miners Ravine on the North Fork of the American River. We were led by the group’s vice-president Linda McDonald. Even though I’ve done this hike a number of times […]

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Eagle season

They won’t be laying eggs until early next year, but our local bald eagles are already checking out their chosen areas and starting to build (or rebuild) their nests. A couple of days ago I was very lucky to spot one of the Lake Natoma eagles sitting in the nest tree — probably wondering how long before the noisy humans […]

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On Falcon Crest

NOTE: This post contains some pictures of a rattlesnake; I’ve located those at the end of the post, along with an additional warning, so if you’d rather not look at snakes, feel free to read on down until you see the warning sign below! Google is a little bit confused about the name and location of this particular hiking trail; […]

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