Saturday at the River Bend Park

I’m a little late posting this, but I had finals for my online class this week, and had to write a reflection paper and a positional paper so I didn’t get to this earlier.  Anyway, on Saturday the dog and I went over to the American River Bend Park for our walk.  The place is kind of “between seasons” right now, so there’s not much new to see but I always manage to find something to photograph anyway.  The mushrooms and stuff haven’t awakened yet.  But we DID get to see a gorgeous Buckeye Butterfly (Junonia coenia) and some burgeoning Sulfur Shelf Fungus that hadn’t formed its distinctive “shelves” yet.  When it’s in its early stages it kind of looks like a big orange brain.  So, those were kewl.  We actually walked for about 2½ hours before my ankles and feet gave out and we had to head back home.  The weather was perfect: cool and sunny.  I love Fall!

 

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A Business Meeting at Cache Creek

I went to a Staff Strategic Planning Meeting with my boss, co-workers and the organization’s President yesterday at the middle campground along Cache Creek. The weather was great — but the wind was a kind of gusty at times — and I think we got a lot of ideas out on the table and a lot of plans started, so it was a productive day.

I’d never been to Cache Creek before, and was impressed with the massive rockface on the other side of the creek from where we had our meeting. It’s a huge chunk of the earth that was lifted up and thrown onto its side by tectonic action… and towering up to the side of us was Glassock Mountain (2000 feet). Really neat.  While we were talking two deer kept circling around to check on us throughout the afternoon. Now THAT’s a kewl place for a meeting!

Glasscock Mountain was named after the brothers Tuck and Clint Glassrock, a pair of horse thieves in the 1800’s, who used to use the mountain as their lookout tower.

I didn’t get a chance to walk around it much yesterday, but I’m definitely going back to that area in the fall and spring to check it out a lot more.

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Looking for Fungi at the American River Bend Park

Sergeant Margie and I went to the American River Bend Park and walked around for about 2 hours this morning.  It was still cool and overcast — this first day of Fall, thank you! — and after the rain yesterday I was hoping to see some ‘shrooms and fungi and stuff like that coming out.  Well, I guess it’s still a bit too early in the fall to see much of that, but I DID find several samples of Sulfur Shelf Fungus, some earth stars and some jelly fungus…  and I got to play around some more with the settings on my new camera.

 ((Glad I bought those extra batteries; I burn through things pretty fast with this camera.)) I’m really liking the camera so far; it responds quickly and takes nice shots.  Getting the super-macro setting to focus on what I want isn’t always easy but I’m assuming that’s “user error” and not the camera’s fault.  With the long-range telephoto setting I was also able to get an awesome photo of the moon when the clouds split up over the park.

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