Blair Lake

We came across this quiet little lake at Malakoff Diggins State Park, and naturally the Big Guy couldn’t leave without making a few casts! I had time to explore most of the way around the edge of the water while he focused on the fish. Although there were plenty of bass and bluegill to be seen, they turned up their […]

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Getting closer

Now that the weather is taking a definite turn toward cooler temperatures, we’re seeing more signs of the annual deer rutting season. Yesterday I went back to the Rossmoor Bar area with the Big Guy, arriving before sunrise — let me tell you, it was surprisingly cold, even after the sun came up! We saw at least 30 deer as […]

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Just curious

We went looking for deer along the American River bike trail in Rancho Cordova yesterday morning. Not surprisingly, we managed to spot more females than males; the bucks are especially camera shy. These deer do their best to avoid humans, but they feel quite safe hiding among the dredger tailings and are used to seeing bicycle traffic. They did seem […]

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To the Schoolhouse

This old schoolhouse was built in 1884 by George W. Call, the wealthy rancher and businessman whose family made their home on the Fort Ross property from 1874 until the 1920s. It continued to be used as a school building for many years even after being relocated, and it now sits in the North Meadow at Stillwater Cove Regional Park. […]

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A walk in the woods

Our visit to Stillwater Cove Regional Park was one of the very best parts of last week’s coastal trip. I wanted to hike to the historic Fort Ross schoolhouse, and even though the trail wasn’t very long, we got a pretty good workout climbing down one side of the Stockhoff Creek ravine and up the other. I also struggled because, […]

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Up among the trees

In my post yesterday I highlighted the areas closer to the lake level along Beek’s Bight at Folsom Lake; today, I’m exploring the trails higher up. Some of these tracks are popular mountain bike routes as you might notice by the tire tracks in the mud. I shot most of these pictures this past January.

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Bunny flashback

Back in June 2015, I did a lot of early morning hiking around Negro Bar with a small, cheap Cobra Digital camera that ran on two AAA batteries. At the time, 8 megapixels seemed like a lot, and even though the colors came out looking a little odd, and the picture quality was somewhat grainy, it was lightweight and easy […]

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Summer trails

I haven’t done as much hiking this summer as I normally do, but it’s still difficult for me to choose my favorite trail experience of the last few months. I always feel so much better just getting out of the house and amongst the trees; and if there’s water nearby, that’s even better. Manzanita wood:

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