California wildflowers

If I’m hiking near Lake Natoma or Folsom Lake in the springtime, there’s just no way I’m going to pass by the gorgeous wildflowers without making a photograph. Some of these flowers I’ve come to know by name, but others remain a mystery to me. I consider it a bonus if I can identify them online and find out that […]

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Old Carrolton

Granite Bay State Recreation Area on Folsom Lake has so many places to hike! Last Tuesday I decided to explore the area known as Doton’s Point; despite the current name, this part of the lake was historically the site of Carrolton, a Gold Rush town on the North Fork of the American River.

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March on Hinkle Creek

It’s been quite a long time since I visited Hinkle Creek; today seemed like the perfect day to go. The sun was shining, and I wanted to get out of the house for a bit even though I’m still nursing sore muscles from my recent outings. The trail isn’t much more than a mile long and most of it is […]

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Blessed milk thistle

There was something fascinating to me about this plant, growing alongside my hiking trail on Mississippi Bar. Among all the varieties of weeds now flourishing wildly over the landscape, this particular thistle, brazenly rising up tall and straight beside the narrow track, caused me to pause — cautiously — for a closer look. Silybum marianum has other common names include cardus marianus, milk […]

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March is roaring again

The old saying claims that “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” But in reality, some of our windiest days around here fall somewhere between late March and early April. That’s certainly true this year — the past couple of days the winds have been gusting wildly — and it was also true last spring, when […]

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