Common madia

I see these little golden flowers, also called Madia elegans, nearly everywhere I hike around my area, but I never knew until now that rather than an invasive species they are native plants once used as a food source by the Pomo and Miwok tribes, among others.

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Peaceful oasis

This spot along Hinkle Creek was a wonderful place to sit on a log and enjoy the shade on a warm July morning. I was only sorry I couldn’t stay longer — but I had a long hike ahead of me before I reached home. This bridge was built by volunteers, with donated materials.

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Hinkle Creek Trail

It took me awhile, but I finally got around to exploring the nearby Hinkle Creek Trail. Over the last few years there’s been some controversy around a plan by the City of Folsom to build a road right through this small greenbelt for a sewer maintenance road. The plan called for ripping out as many as 250 mature oak trees […]

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Down a quiet trail

I celebrated July 4th by taking a hike along one of my favorite Lake Natoma trails. There are quite a few spots with overgrown weeds and berry bushes as well as poison oak; I had to negotiate fallen trees and trail damage from last winter’s storms. I rarely meet anyone else on the trail, and this morning I had it […]

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WPC: Surprise!

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of April 12, 2017. Much of photography is about discovery, and with discovery may come a surprise. I was hiking along a deserted dirt road at 6:30 in the morning and eyeing the blackberry bushes on my right, hoping to spot a sweet snack or two.  I just happened to raise my glance […]

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