In my lifetime, I’ve crossed and recrossed the Yolo Causeway many, many times. But last week was the first time I actually stopped to explore the surrounding wetlands, now designated as the Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area. I wasn’t precisely sure what to expect when Google told me I had arrived at my destination — and I’ll admit I was […]
What happens when you surprise a couple of does on your morning walk? If you’re lucky, they stand around for a few minutes, staring at you and trying to decide what their next move should be. These two girls seemed inclined to carry on as before, picking their way up the hill to my left — until they suddenly heard […]
The theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Animals. A couple of harmless snakes at the Folsom Zoo Sancturary:
This was my first time spotting a coyote in the wild! I went hiking on Mississippi Bar this afternoon and was just turning toward home — there he was. Although I noticed a few other people out enjoying the day, they all seemed blind to the fact they were walking past this big guy standing in the middle of the […]
We’re barely into July and already the heat has me looking forward to October and November! But that’s only one of the reasons I chose this week’s episode of California’s Gold. High altitude hiking, clear mountain lakes, breathtaking panoramas, glacial waterfalls, a very cool knitted hat, and an adorable little critter called the American pika — this adventure in the […]
We are so lucky to have a pair of bald eagles nesting at Lake Natoma for the second year in a row. Their aerie is located high in a pine tree which hangs over the edge of the bluffs, only a short walk from my house. A couple of days ago I hiked down below the bluff to the bike […]
Mallard pairs form long before the spring breeding season. Pairing takes place in the fall, but courtship can be seen all winter. Only the female incubates the eggs and takes care of the ducklings — All About Birds
I was hiking the Rattlesnake Bar trail on Folsom Lake with the Big Guy when I was lucky to find this handsome male tree swallow who didn’t mind sitting still for my camera. I had never seen this type of bird before, but after checking out the video from All About Birds, I’m certain I’ve heard them plenty of times.