Memory Monday: Hicks Album, Week 17

Although our photographer certainly enjoyed outings to places like the Gold Country, the San Joaquin Delta, and Gladding McBean in Lincoln, it’s very clear she also spent plenty of time tending to her beautiful home garden. As a person who has never been bitten by the gardening bug (although every other sort of bug seems to zero in on me), […]

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Schweitzer Grove

As I sit at my computer this morning, watching and listening to the rain coming down in bucketfuls, punctuated by occasional thunder and lightning, I’m extremely relieved that I chose yesterday for my outing to Schweitzer Grove Nature Area instead of today! I had been scheduled for a visit with my Facebook photography group last Saturday, but since that was […]

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Tranquility base

In our visits to the Sonoma and Mendocino coastline, we sometimes feel a little frustrated to find that some of the most beautiful and tempting areas are inaccessible. The reasons can vary; a lot of coastal property is privately owned and jealously guarded. Or maybe the landscape doesn’t allow for safe access to the shore. We’ve also found that some […]

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I can’t complain

As we leave Mendocino County and head for home, I’m really going to miss exploring the trails above the seaside bluffs during my isolated morning walks. It’s a special treat to be able to leave my small cottage and walk to the trailhead, never knowing exactly what I might find — even things that I’m sure I must have passed […]

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Colors of spring

Yes, it’s still only February — but to walk along the Lake Natoma bluffs on a morning like this, you would never know it wasn’t the middle of April. For me, it was literally a bluebird day; these beautiful Western Bluebirds seemed to be in tucked into every tree and working busily in the grass along the trail. The sparrows […]

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