Rock and rollercoaster

Hiking the Pioneer Express Trail from the parking lot at Sterling Pointe Equestrian Staging Area is a seriously up-and-down experience. There are some great views of Folsom Lake — but this time of the year, you’ll be too busy avoiding poison oak, watching swallowtail butterflies, and navigating up and down the horse-sized changes in altitude to notice the view. No […]

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Dancing in the light

When I arrived with the Big Guy at the trailhead on Monday morning we were sure the rain would start falling before much longer — but instead the sky seemed to gradually clear. By the time we were headed for home at 3:30 the sky had become blue with only a scattering of clouds.

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Hole in one

Hiking along the shoreline at Folsom Lake, especially in the areas that are normally underwater, you never know what sort of fascinating landscape details you might find. I’m always especially curious about what’s inside those dark little caves and whether they’re naturally formed or man made.

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Stone mason aqueduct

A few days ago I posted a photo I shot at Folsom Lake showing a high curved rock wall. I took my initial pictures from a distance and didn’t have a chance to explore the wall more closely — but when I got home and started looking at the area on Google maps, something odd caught my attention. The screenshot […]

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To wander

Yesterday we spent a few hours blissfully unaware of the national chaos as we explored an unfamiliar portion of Folsom Lake shoreline. The area of the North Fork between Granite Bay and Rattlesnake Bar has always been a sort of black hole to me — with small ranches and multimillion-dollar mansions lining this portion of the lake, it didn’t seem […]

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One last look

Since we’re now under lockdown and the pandemic is hitting California very hard right now, it may be quite awhile before I get back to the Sonoma coast. That’s one reason why these images mean so much to me; they’re the last group of photos I shot at Gerstle Cove last month.

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