Mostly Frogs and Mule Deer

After I worked a bit from home, I headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for a walk.  Most of the photos I got were of mule deer, bullfrogs and their tadpoles, and some blue Pondhawk dragonflies.

I was fascinated by the tadpoles – some of which were just starting to get their legs.  The bullfrog tadpoles are so huge, they dwarf the regular tree frog tadpoles. They’re like Jupiter in their tiny solar system…

I also got to see a male Mourning Dove cooing to a female. (Those doves can have up to three broods in a year.)  And I followed a female Black-Tailed mule deer from the woods down to the riverside… I’m not positive, but I think she might have just given birth to a fawn that morning or yesterday evening.  Her tail and hind legs looks like they were matted with “stuff”…

The weather was nice all the while I was out there, and I actually walked for about 4 ½ hours – which is really beyond my limit, so my feet were really hurting by the time I got back into the car.

CLICK HERE for the album of photos and video snippets.

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Mary K. Hanson is a breast cancer survivor who, at age 61, took coursework to become a Certified California Naturalist. The author of “The Chubby Woman’s Walkabout”™ blog, Ms. Hanson has also written nature-based feature articles published in regional newspapers, authored over ten books, including her "Cool Stuff Along the American" series of guide books, and has had her photographs featured in books, articles, calendars, on the American River Parkway Foundation’s Instagram stream, and even the White House blog. This year Ms. Hanson is helping to launch and teach a new Certified California Naturalist course through Tuleyome, in partnership with the University of California and the Woodland Library, so members of the public can themselves become certified as naturalists in the state. All of the photos seen on her website were taken by Ms. Hanson herself (unless noted otherwise) with moderate- to low-end photographic equipment more easily affordable to the everyday nature enthusiast. She also occasionally leads photo-walks through the American River Bend Park for the public and is sometimes available for public speaking.