Gulls Claim Their Stake

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November, December and well into February, gulls stand guard watching, flying, eating and chasing away intruders from their long sought after salmon meal. 








Gulls sit in  deeper rivers waters to find dead salmon.





At the boat launch ramp, a single gull returns each day to claim the rock at water’s edge as his stake.


Mist Hovers Over the River

December mist rolls over the river in ways I have not seen anywhere else. I am standing on Fair Oaks Bridge looking east to the sunrise. The mist begins around the bend and rolls across the river. On this day, it was the entire cloud!










Sunrises in Winter

Sunrises at Fair Oaks Bridge vary in color and duration – a colorful mist or cloudy skies.

Every day is a new palette of colorful scenes.



















Birds Sing in Chorus

Saturday March 7, 2020   630 am

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This morning the duck stands guard on the rock at the end of boat launch ramp. A very popular rest stop!


This morning was another busy day at Fair Oaks Bridge. A dozen geese flew in honking and circling. One landed on the concrete pillar. Didn’t stay long. Did not like being watched. The relentless quacking duck was there too. I could not see her. A chorus of birds sang in the trees behind the boat launch ramp for at least 10 minutes.

Suddenly, it got very quiet. I saw about 50 birds fly up and away out of the trees and over the bridge.

May the Beauty of Nature Surround You

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Out for a bicycle ride along the American River, I spotted fields of pure white wildflowers and small patches of golden poppies. The colors of Spring arrived in abundance to paint the landscape.

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May the moon softly restore you by night.

May the rain gently wash away your worries.

May the breeze blow new strength into your body.

May Spring flowers of gold shine within your heart.

May you walk gently through the world and feel its beauty within you every day of your life.