River mist

It was chilly at 7:15 this morning as I started hiking along the American River just downstream from Sunrise Boulevard. The sun wasn’t up yet, and there was nobody else around to appreciate the wispy fog hanging over the water — it was just me and the mallards, and a flock of Canada honkers passing overhead.

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Morning mallards

Mallards are a common sight at Lake Natoma, but I always enjoy spotting the busy females — especially in the morning when there aren’t so many people about. At that peaceful time of day, a duck might take a break from her search for food near the Negro Bar launch ramp and won’t get too bothered by a kayak or […]

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