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Stories from the valley

Exploring the American River, Part Four

Contributed by Lewis Kemper

I woke up this morning feeling a little cheated from yesterday’s sunrise. Ideally, I like it when the fog burns off around sunrise, and you get the nice light of early morning mixed with the mystery of fog. So, I decided to head back to Effie Yeaw Nature Center and see what the day would bring. It was the correct decision. I arrived in the parking in the dark, around 6:30 in the morning. I gathered my camera gear and walked down the trail just as the sky was catching first light. I could see the pink and magenta glowing in the distance and I picked up my pace, racing towards the river.

I got there as the clouds were being painted with the warm colors of sunrise and quickly made as many images as I could. Once the colors started to fade, the ground fog began to rise. The trees down the river disappeared into the mist, and directly across from the backlit oaks began to glow. It was so beautiful I couldn’t decide where to look next!

The geese began splashing and bathing as the sun warmed their bodies, and a lone Snowy Egret was fishing along the shore. It seemed all the creatures were enjoying the morning. After a while, I headed up the trail and came across a large flock of turkeys. I guess they were thankful Thanksgiving was over! After spending a few minutes photographing and thanking them for their cooperation, I decided to make another quick run over to William Pond Park.

This time when I got to the river there were some interesting clouds in the sky. Since it was still fairly early, I had the place to myself, with the exception of a lone fisherman. We both had a nice morning and hopefully he caught some fish.

I wonder what next week will bring?