Gone Fishin’

Tired of titles that have nothing to do with my content? I can’t help it. Hopefully I’ll get over it before too long.

If this title has anything more to do with this article beyond my photo of a guy fishing while an egret looks on, it would probably be that I had to “fish” these images out of larger photos. I almost always “crop” my photos to improve composition and focus more on the central subject. All these had to be cropped quite a lot, mostly because the featured subject was not very close to me when I photographed it.

Somewhere up on the river, after the dam at Aquatic Park, but not much beyond where I saw the guy fishing, I noticed a beautiful red-breasted hawk fly into a nearby tree to rest.

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Hawk sightings are not that common along this part of the river. Vultures are very common, and tend to dominate. Most of the hawks here are smaller birds; and I have never seen an eagle in these parts.

Squirrels are very active this time of year. And a lot of squirrels in this area use burrows for living quarters, rather than build tree nests. A park such as the William Pond Park – one of the larger ones on the river – can get quite torn up with ground squirrel holes.

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These little guys like to stand upright at the entrance to a burrow or nearby. I don’t know to what extent this reflects diligence or concern for personal safety. Perhaps it just gets smelly down there and he needs to refresh himself once in a while.

I’m always looking for the deer. Today they were considerably down river from where they usually hang out. A lady on a bike even stopped and told me she’d seen another one in the area where I saw two. But I didn’t photograph them. I have so many photos now of deer right next to – or on – the trail that it seems to me I have enough.

But when one showed up across from the Cal State – Sac campus, which is very close to town, I stopped to capture the moment.

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This one appeared to be quite young. Otherwise she’d know better than to wander this far down the river. But she was staying down by the trees. The bike trail here is up on a levee.

Perhaps next week I will feel moved to address topics of greater import. Kind of felt the need to take it easy this weekend…

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