Blue Mesa

Photos can’t even begin to convey how amazing and overwhelming the landscape is when you’re standing in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. I’m so glad that we stopped and took a couple of hours to see this incredible place, even though we only scratched the surface of what the park has to offer. One of our stops along the road […]

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Along Arguello

There were a few brightly painted houses that caught my eye as I walked up Arguello toward Geary Boulevard to catch my bus. But I wasn’t expecting to find such a colorful garden of flowers growing right at my feet beside the sidewalk. It was too irresistible; I had to stop and check them out. I was intrigued by the […]

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Along Tomales Bay

I was almost sorry to be heading to Point Reyes with little time to spare, because there were so many places along Highway 1 in Marin County where I would have loved to pull over and admire the scenery. Although I can just barely remember some trips to Dillon Beach (just across from Tomales Point, at the mouth of the […]

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Arizona evening

Our journey through Arizona, New Mexico, and northern Texas during the last week of July was marked by some pretty high temperatures, but we also got to experience several bursts of monsoonal moisture along the way. The ever-changing clouds roiling above the high desert landscape provided me with some amazing photo opportunities! I’m not sure I would want to live […]

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Sights of North Texas

(Click any image to enlarge) We’re enjoying our all-too-short visit with the Big Guy’s parents before we have to hit the road once more and head for home on Saturday. The weather is pretty warm — today’s forecast is for a high of ‘only’ 100°F and 51% humidity — so we’re not spending too much time outdoors except for the […]

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Coyote pup

I’m never surprised to see a deer somewhere along this Folsom path, especially since it’s very near the American River. But this was my first time encountering a coyote here. This young female sat down and looked at me, took a few minutes to ponder, and then doubled back on her trail and disappeared into the brush.

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Time and timing

It’s been more than a year since I last hiked in this area on the south bank of the American River in Folsom, and I had been meaning to come back long before this. Partly because it’s within walking distance of my house; and partly because I was very curious to locate a mysterious hole in the rocks I had […]

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Secret squirrel

I was surprised to spot this ground squirrel perched high above me on the rocks, mostly because his position left him very vulnerable to any hungry bird of prey who might come along. But the amazing view must have been well worth the risk — at least to judge from his body language and the parade of expressions marching across […]

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