It’s been such a long time

After a nearly half-a-year hiatus from hiking I finally hit the trail again with a trek around Round Valley Regional Preserve. Bad weather, dangerous trail conditions, Sandhill cranes, a wedding and a more… Continue reading

Trifecta

You don’t see a Super Blue Blood Moon very often over Tracy. In fact it has been about 152 years since the last time that happened. A celestial trifecta, a supermoon, blue moon… Continue reading

Sundown

With freezing temperatures and the approach of winter many of the sandhill cranes have already moved south from the Isenberg Crane Reserve as they continue their winter migration. A trip to the wetlands… Continue reading

Nightfall

Sunset at Isenberg brings a variety of changes to the landscape. The shadows grow longer as the sun sinks along the horizon, the colors in the sky grow warmer and the air is… Continue reading

Break of Dawn

I decided to make another early morning trip to Isenberg. My last trip had too many people, to much talking and not enough just taking in the sights. A smaller crowd, more clouds… Continue reading

Celebrate the light

It’s always a hit-or-miss adventure when you travel to Isenberg to see the cranes. Somedays there are lots of them, some days there are just a few. I made the chilly pre-dawn trip… Continue reading

Into the mystic

There is something ethereal about fog. Perspective is diminished, contrast fades away and shapes take on a different form as they waver in and out of the mist. My first Isenberg sunrise of… Continue reading

October fest

The harvest moon has risen, there is a cool breeze in the evening and the sandhill cranes have returned to Isenberg. Everything is right with the world. My second trek to Isenberg of… Continue reading

Harvest moon

The first harvest moon in October in early a decade rose over Tracy this week. The harvest moon is the first full moon near the fall, also called autumnal, equinox, which took place… Continue reading

Vanguard

Every years as the hot summer months give way to the cool evening breezes of fall my thoughts turn to a small wetland outside Lodi and the annual arrival of the sandhill cranes.… Continue reading