Photo Trek in Northern California

I began on Suisun Valley Road, Suisun Valley, California where I took a photo of a vineyard. Then I drove along Shiloh Road to take two photos of mustards with Mount Diablo in the background and some wind towers. Again I took another group of wind towers along Birds Landing Road. The next day I took three photos of snow geese and seagulls along Desmond Road in Cosumnes River Preserve. The last photo I took of swans and ducks along Woodbridge Road near the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. It was a pleasant winter outing with signs of early spring.

Views of a Fall Day in the California Delta

I took these ten images on a recent visit to the Sacramento River Delta Region. The wildlife and sunset images that I took are in the Staten Island Preserve, near Walnut Grove, California.

I always enjoy visiting The Delta. It intrigues me with sights and sounds of wildlife on the Pacific Flyway.

Olli Bird Safari: Lodi Winery


Here are eight images that I took on a Bird Safari at Heritage Oak Winery, East Woodbridge Road, Acampo, California. The Edventure is offered by Olli, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, at University of the Pacific. Our guide is David Yee. Heritage Oak is a popular birding spot in the Central Valley.

 

Scenes along the Mokelumne River and Sutter Creek

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I took some pictures of the Mokelumne River along Electra Road near Jackson, California.  The river was above its banks where you can see some tree trunks in the water. I saw a few poppies growing along the banks. I took a picture of Sutter Creek from the footbridge  near the historic downtown.

While I was on a guided tour of Heritage Oak Winery, East Woodbridge Road, Acampo, California, given by David Yu during the Bird Safari class offered by Olli, Osher Life Long Learning Program, I took the last two pictures there. The vineyard goes south to the Mokelumne River. The last picture is the flood water from the winter rain storms. The main river channel is about a quarter of a mile farther south. The owner had planted a new vineyard in the bottom land close to the river levee. That vineyard is now underwater. I learned that a lot of farmers and vineyard owners are impacted by the Mokelumne River flooding.

 

Sandhill Cranes and The Delta

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Here are some pictures I took between passing storms on the Delta. Took some of the Sandhill Cranes feeding in fields along Guard Road. Also along the same road, I took pictures of a vineyard and an irrigation canal that branches off Sycamore Slough. Guard Road runs into West Cotta Road that eventually leads to Turner Road that crosses Thornton Road where I turned north. Then left on Woodbridge Road, I took more pictures of wildlife birds. Eventually I lingered on Woodbridge Road to take pictures of the sunset with flooded fields in the foreground and Monte Diablo in the distance. For equipment, I used a Nikon 300s with a Nikon 80-400mm telephoto lens and a wide angle 12-24 mm DX lens. Also I used a tripod with a gimbal. And perhaps the most important attribute to possess is patience. I keep reminding myself that patience is a virtue and that virtue is its own reward.