American River Near Folsom

Image of American River Gorge near Folsom, CA

American River Gorge, Folsom, CA, Jan 2017

Last Friday was a cold, foggy morning and we had just come out of a long bout of heavy rain.  A lot of water was being released from Folsom Lake and the American River, near Folsom was running strong.  I decided to spend some time photographing the area of Folsom that surrounds the historic Walker Bridge / Donald W. Alden Memorial Bridge.  It was a great time to be out.  The river roared as it created whitewater through the gorge. Quite a treat.  In the 5 years that I have lived in the area, I never saw significant whitewater or heard the river roar.

The Walker Bridge / Donald W. Alden Memorial Bridge was built in 1893.  It was sold 3 times: once to a man in Japan who wanted it for the steel but was never able to get it, once to the State of California who dismantled it and moved it near Walker, CA to span the Klamath River, and finally back to the City of Folsom who reinstalled it on its original abutments.  It now serves as a pedestrian footbridge and an access point to the American River Parkway from the City of Folsom.

I hope you enjoy these images.

Note: Click on image to see in larger size.  I particularly recommend this for the image of the American Rive Gorge.

Image of Walker Bridge / Donald W Alden Memorial Bridge, FOlsom, CA in Fog

Walker Bridge / Donald W Alden Memorial Bridge, Folsom, CA

Image of Rainbow Bridge arch after heavy rains, Folsom, CA. JAN 2017

Rainbow Bridge Arch, Folsom, CA




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Winter Wildlife

RIver Otter - Perspective 4

River Otter – Perspective 4

It’s fun to be in Northern California in the winter.  We are part of the Pacific Flyway, so we get many birds, primarily waterfowl, who winter over.  But even in my backyard I see Oregon Juncos and a species of Goldfinch that spends its summers in the Sierra foothills.  Though my passion is landscapes, photographing this wildlife is fun because watching them go about their business of living is fun.

I’ve been out twice in the last two weeks photographing and enjoying the wildlife.  On one trip, I went to 2 of the wildlife refuges that have been built along the flyway.  Some years ago, land was set aside as a safe haven for migrating waterfowl.  Levees were built and fields flooded so they could live and eat.  This helped farmers by keeping the birds off their cropland.  A win-win situation, enjoyed by birders, photographers and duck hunters.  On the day I visited the refuges, raptors became my focus.  They benefit from the migrating waterfowl as well.

This past week, I got to spend an hour watching a River Otter and an Egret.  They appeared to be helping each other feed.  Otters always seem to be playing even as they feed.

I hope you enjoy these images.



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Image of Juvenille Black Crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron

Image of Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Image of River Otter - Perspective 1

River Otter – Perspective 1

Snow Geese

Snow Geese

Image of River Otter and Egret

River Otter and Egret

Image of Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

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