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Great shot! Love the landscape!

Oh that is just lovely!

A favorite photo.

Not just a distant arid land fire, but taken in interesting light. I think taken maybe at sunset with the light being filtered through a deck of light clouds.

I have added you to my favorite photographers.

Deer Creek Hills is a 4,062-acre open-space conservancy that is operated by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy for land stewardship within rural eastern Sacramento County, California.

For a current schedule of Docent-led hikes for the general public, please visit the website of the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. The website also contains natural history information about Deer Creek Hills, trail maps, planning documents, a mission statement, and information about land stewardship by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. The leadership within S.V.C. includes: 60+ Docents, 8 professional staff, 13 on the Board of Trustees, and 23 on the Advisory Council. With more than a dozen parcels of rural ranch land, the total land conservation is 15,896+ acres (currently as of 2013), and growing each year.

The volunteer Docents at Deer Creek Hills are the backbone of the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. The Docents are university-educated professionals who generously donate their time as volunteers. The Docents have a wonderfully broad background, including: credentialed teachers, botanists, university professors, veterinarians, geologists, civil engineers, Registered Nurses, architects, physicians, Boy Scout leaders, historians, equestrians, riparian biologists, attorneys, computer scientists, ornithologists, retired military officers, professional photographers, business owners, and environmental planners. All of the S.V.C. Docents are professionally trained, and also have American Red Cross certification in First-Aid. For example, the author of this photograph, Robert H. Sydnor (California Certified Engineering Geologist, Certified Hydrogeologist, Fellow of the Geological Society of America, Member of the California Academy of Sciences), has served as a volunteer for 20+ years as the Geologist-Docent at Deer Creek Hills. Likewise, the other volunteer Docents have substantial credentials.

All of the Docents share the prescient vision for the importance of open-space for future generations of Californians. You are cordially invited to join us and become a Docent at Deer Creek Hills, Sacramento Valley Conservancy.

Deer Creek Hills is located along Latrobe Road, east of Scott Road, and northeast of the intersection of Stonehouse Road and Latrobe Road. Rancho Murrieta and the Jackson Highway (= Highway 16) are about one mile south along Stonehouse Road which is the best access route.

Deer Creek Hills is a working cattle ranch under environmental land-stewardship, with sweeping vistas of rangeland meadows, forests composed of blue oaks, Valley oaks, California buckeye, and gray pines; wildflowers; historic hydraulic mining ditches; bird habitat; vernal pools; stock ponds; and geologically underlain by Jurassic metavolcanic rocks with quartz dikes. The drainage includes Crevis Creek (along Latrobe Road), and Deer Creek (which crosses Scott Road).

There are numerous weekend activities for the public, including Docent-led hikes, mountain-bike rides, trails for equestrian riding, and amateur astronomy nights at the South Pond. Please check the calendar of the Sacramento Valley Conservancy for the current schedule of activities. The thematic weekend hikes along looping trails include the colorful history of Deer Creek Hills, wildflower botany, ornithology, geology, blue oak habitat, grinding stones for acorns used by Nisenan Indians, historic evidence of Basque shepherds, bats (observed at twilight at the South Pond), and green meadows replete with a splendid display of colorful wildflowers in the springtime. There are a number of hydraulic ditches and historic flumes that carried water for gold mining activities during the Gold Rush.

Remarkable!! You keep outdoing yourself. Thank you!

Dear Seymore: Thanks for the encouraging words. I tried to research this somber history carefull. I have not been able to locate Barbara Joanne Moore or her son Stephen Douglas Moore, Junior. It is likely that this young widow eventually remarried. I am certainly open to any leads or further information so that I can update and editorially revise the history. More needs to be written. With appreciation from Robert H. Sydnor in Fair Oaks, California.

The solitude, the fresh air, the beautiful. Like

Your comment is much appreciated Nenad. Thank you! And thanks for your photos of your homeland. Made my morning much nicer.

A most excellent article about this bridge crossing and area was just posted by Doug Noble of the "Mountain Democrat - California's Oldest Newspaper - Est 1851". Indians, miners and settlers. Highly recommended reading, I promise you will be very entertained!

A most excellent article about this bridge crossing and area was just posted by Doug Noble of the "Mountain Democrat - California's Oldest Newspaper - Est 1851". Indians, miners and settlers. Highly recommended reading, I promise you will be very entertained!

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