Mornings on Fair Oaks Bridge consists of 75 first person narratives and more than 100 scenic photographs. Beginning with the first entry in September 2016 and the last one in February 2018, the book features two fall salmon runs, morning fog, impact of 2017 winter floods on wildlife and habitat, and summer solar eclipse.
Introductory pages describe the setting as a way to create context and sense of place for the reader. Fair Oaks Bridge, an area icon, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. Some narratives ask the question, “where are?“ and reflect on larger concerns that address the need to preserve critical habitat. Other entries highlight the simple pleasures of being in the right place at the right time.
“Janice’s meanderings provide an observant slice of the many little elements that make up the parkway experience. She takes the time to slow down and catch the moods and rhythms of parkway inhabitants and muses on their interactions. Her queries and ponderings on the ways of river life give one pause to take a deeper look at life and explore its subtleties. One can easily be drawn in by her reflections as they offer a soothing yet intimate look at the river – a natural gem and identity of the Sacramento region.“ Bruce Forman, Naturalist, Sacramento.
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