Sunday, January 31, 2016

Consumnes River Preserve

We've been getting a lot of rain here in Northern California (at last!) but Saturday was dry with some lovely but non threatening clouds.  Since we had family visiting from the southern part of the state we decided to visit the Consumnes River Preserve.












There were picnic tables at the visitor center and a boardwalk that made the wetlands accessible. We started our visit with a picnic and then checked out the visitor center which is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers.  We then strolled along the boardwalk to see how many birds we could find.  There were a lot, both in number and variety.












Cinnamon Teal









 Gadwall







 Green Winged Teal
 Northern Pintail











 Northern Shoveler









 Common Snipe?
(not sure about this one)















American Kestrel








 For more information about the preserve check out their website http://www.cosumnes.org/
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Egret

I love the variety of bird found here in Lincoln hills in the winter.  When the hawks, egrets and herons return we know that summer is over.


The most frequent of our daily walks takes us to a pond full of mallards.  It is a favorite breeding spot for these ducks.  Mallards aren't the only birds to be found here, though.

A few days ago I brought my camera hoping to get a shot of an owl that has been hanging out in the area.

The owl was nowhere to be seen on this afternoon but a little snowy egret could be seen hunting at the edge of the pond.





















It took little notice of me as I clicked away, hoping for a great shot.  The one at the right is the sharpest but the one at the top may be my favorite.








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Monday, January 4, 2016

Down to Earth

We spent the Christmas Holiday in Southern California with the family.  While there we all went to the California Science Center to view the space shuttle Endeavour.  Of course, I left my camera at the house and had to use my camera to get a few not too good shots.  It was impossible to get far enough away to get the entire vehicle in one image.
I was impressed by the quality of exhibits about the shuttle program that visitors passed on the way to view the Endeavour.  The galley and "potty" had been removed so that visitors could get a closeup view.  




This spacehab, where astronauts could do experiments, store tools and live was also on view. I had no idea it was so small!  My closet is bigger.

Docents, many of whom had worked on the shuttle program, were available to answer questions.




 The plan is to build a building where the shuttle could be placed upright with ramps allowing visitors to get a better view.

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If you are interested in this part of the NASA program I encourage you to visit the California Science Center if you are in Los Angeles.  In addition to the Endeavour there are many exhibits especially designed for children.  It even has a walk through aquarium.  
It is a far cry from the old Museum of Science an Industry that occupied the site in my youth.  That one I never found very interesting when I was taken there by my parents. This museum would have had me begging for return visits.


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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas Lights Move Down

When we first moved to Lincoln Hills, some eleven years ago, our neighborhood ranged in age from early 60s to mid 70s.  Then many of the neighbors gaily decorated their houses, hanging lights from the eaves.
Now we are older, some of us have passed away, and most of those who remain no longer feel comfortable climbing on ladders. While some hire others to hang their lights and a few intrepid souls still climb on ladders, many now hang their lights on the shrubbery or simply hang a wreath on the door.
We meet around the mailbox and talk about our ailments as we wonder about the golden years.  In truth, though, most of us have had them.  They were the years from 60 to 70 or 75.  Age is catching up to us though and we think of the three, all in their 80s, who we lost in our neighborhood this year.  We wonder, who will be next?

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

I have realized that some of those who once followed this blog, when I was actively posting, might wonder what has happened to me.
I'm well but we haven't been traveling much and I find that I haven't anything new to photograph and I don't like to keep repeating myself.  Perhaps inspiration will strike now that the blog has been dark for a while.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I've been thinking about Ted Cruz and his suggestion that we only allow Syrian "Christians" into the US.  I'm wondering if he is familiar with the parable of the good Samaritan or Matthew 25:35 in which Jesus says " I was a stranger and you invited me in".  Sometimes it is inconvenient to be a follower of Jesus.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Critters of Glacier National Park

We saw plenty of wildlife on our recent trip to Glacier.  Unfortunately they did not sit still and pose.  A better wildlife photographer than I would spend all day in a blind, camera on tripod, waiting.  Unfortunately, my tripod broke in transit and I didn't have the time needed to patiently wait.
Our most exciting encounter was with this bull moose.  It was in the grass near the dock when we got off the boat in the Many Glacier area.  Considered more dangerous than a grizzly, he was none too happy to see us.
Less threatening was this marmot we saw along the trail on our way back to the lodge.
Around Logan Pass, the goats ignored us, sharing the trails with the human hikers.

A group of rams ran across the trail and quickly moved away from human contact but still close enough for a shot of the impressive horns on this guy.
We just caught a glimpse of this bear from the bus.  It is barely good enough to see that it has the concave shaped face of a grizzly rather than the convex profile of a black bear.  While I wish it had been out in the open for a better shot I was glad I was in the bus rather than in the woods, up close and personal!
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