Sandhill Cranes in The Delta

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As a friend and myself followed the Sandhill Cranes and Egrets around The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, I took some pictures of them and the sunset. I used a Nikon D600 FX with a Nikkor Telephoto 80 to 400 mm lens and a Nikkor Wide angle 20 mm lens. Always a joy and a pleasure to follow the cranes in The Delta Region in Northern California.

Hmong New Year 2013-2014

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I took these pictures at the Stockton Hmong New Year Celebration November 9 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, California. There were lots of people wearing traditional Hmong dress, lots of cultural activities, and lots of tasty food. After I walked around taking pictures, I ate Hmong BBQ chicken with sticky rice and of course papaya salad. I used a Nikon D600 FX with a Nikkor 70 to 300 mm telephoto lens. ‘Nyob Zoo Xyoo Tshiab’ or Happy New Year!

Grand Mansion and Old Sugar Mill

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You can see many impressive architectural structures while driving in the Sacramento River Delta Valley. Here are a few pictures I took of the Paintersville Bridge (a double bascule drawbridge), the Grand Manson (popular wedding venue), and the Old Sugar Mill that was turned into a winery. I used a Nikon D600 FX camera with a Nikkor 50 mm 1.8 prime lens and a Nikkor 20 mm 2.8 prime lens. The day began cloudy but the clouds disappeared in the afternoon leaving a beautiful blue sky.

Blue Moon Over The Delta, California

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Here are four pictures I took this evening as the Blue Moon or the Green Corn Moon was rising in the southeast as the sun was setting in the west. I use a Nikon D600 FX at times with a Nikon 70 to 300 mm telephoto lens and other times with a Nikon 80 to 400 mm telephoto lens. Next Blue Moon will be July 2015.

Japanese Historic District in Walnut Grove, CA

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Here are some pictures that I took walking around the Japanese Historic District in the river town of Walnut Grove, California. Walnut Grove is located on the River Road Highway 160, a levee road, along the Sacramento River and The Delta region. The city sign that welcomes you to Walnut Grove states that the elevation is 0. The garden gates and even a small garbage can suggest designs that echo the Japanese homeland left behind.

Spring Drive in The Delta

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Here are some pictures that I took on a drive with friends in The Delta. We visited Locke Historical State Park along Sacramento River. We stopped for lunch at Giusti’s Place, Walnut Grove, CA. It’s a farmland roadhouse serving food and drink in the California Delta since 1910. I used a Nikon D600 camera with a Nikon 24 to 85 mm lens. We enjoyed beautiful weather, pretty flowers, and delicious food along the way.

Another Beautiful Sunset on The Delta

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Here are some pictures I took along Bacon Island Road and Lower Jones Road. They are levee roads along the Middle River and Whiskey Slough. These roads are accessible from Highway 4 near Stockton, California. I used a Nikon D600 FX with a Nikon 24-85 mm FX lens.

Winter in The Delta Appeals to a Variety of Wildlife.

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Here is a collection of pictures that I took around The Sacramento River-San Joaquin River Delta Region from December 22 to 31. The Delta lures many kinds of migratory birds and bird watchers for the winter season. The Delta is a popular winter destination simply because it amazes, excites, and inspires all.

Best of the Season

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I created a composite of three different pictures I took of The Delta: Sunset over flooded corn fields, Lunar Eclipse, and Swans in flight. There are Sandhill Cranes and Mont Diablo in the background. Happy Solstice, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2013!

Wildlife on The Delta

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Here are some pictures I took of swans along the Woodbridge Road, in The Delta. The swans seem to like the flooded cornfields. I took the pictures of the swans with a Nikon D300s DX and a Nikkor 80 to 400 mm lens. The last picture of the sunset with Mont Diablo in the background I took with Nikon D600 FX and a Nikkor 24 to 85 mm lens.