A hillside where it sure looks like spring

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Poppies

Bill (Birdman) Gengler stopped to look at Michigan Bar's poppies the other day. "Poppy month has had a slow start," he writes, "but the poppies are always blooming at the bar." The long-range weather forecast looks like we might be into spring to stay, with less rain and highs moving into the 70s. (Click for larger image) Read more » about A hillside where it sure looks like spring

A place where winter meets spring

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Barn and mountains

Somewhere between winter and spring sits this barn off Kiefer Boulevard, captured the other day by the camera of neighbor Paul Anderson. The weather forecast calls for more winter than spring, with a lot of rain over the next 10 days. (Click for larger image) Read more » about A place where winter meets spring

In the warmth of morning

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Egret

This great egret was catching some warming rays one chilly morning recently, and neighbor/photographer Paul Anderson was there to capture the moment. (Click for larger image) Read more » about In the warmth of morning

A Calero sky that's shades of pink and blue

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Calero sunset

The changeable weather has made for some beautiful sunsets, such as Saturday's on Lake Calero, as photographed by neighbor Paul Anderson. The forecast says the next couple of days will be clear, with highs in the 50s. (Click for larger image) Read more » about A Calero sky that's shades of pink and blue

Saying 'cheese' for the camera

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Otters

Neighbor and nature photog Paul Anderson shares this shot of some furry lake Murietans. He writes of the otters, "With these gloomy days, the only residents not bothered may be these guys!" (Click for larger image) Read more » about Saying 'cheese' for the camera

A winter afternoon on Lake Calero

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Lake Calero

Tuesday afternoon brought Lake Calero the best of a winter day here – chilly breezes (temperatures in the 40s!), piles of clouds dragged across the sky, warm yellow sunshine, and a gull wheeling overhead. (Click to enlarge photo) Read more » about A winter afternoon on Lake Calero

A moment with twice the beauty

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Great egret

Neighbor Paul Anderson captured this shot of a great egret being mirrored by Lake Clementia the other morning. (Click for larger image.) Read more » about A moment with twice the beauty

Happy holidays, Rancho Murieta!

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Here's a video look at the home Christmas lights honored this year by the Rancho Murieta Association. The video is two songs covering 19 homes. If you want to see a list of the homes and a map to do your own tour, which we recommend, you'll find that here. Read more » about Happy holidays, Rancho Murieta!

We Live Here: An otter sunrise

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Otters

Paul Anderson does it again. Our neighborhood nature photog brings back a collection of sunrise photos of a family of otters, including the first shot below, which shows four of them gathered on a log at Lake Clementia, faces into their fur, grooming themselves. All told, there were five in the group, Paul says. And guess what? We live here. (Click for larger images)

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We Live Here: Our eagles, then and now

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Bald eagle

Honored photographer (and neighbor) Paul Anderson shares a recent landing shot of one of our bald eagles, as remarkable an eagle shot as we've published. The bald eagles are certainly one of the glories of life in Rancho Murieta. Click the photo to see it larger, and realize its full quality, and then click this link to see what we believe were the first eagle photos published at RanchoMurieta.com, in 2007-08. Camera technology has advanced quite a bit in the last 11 years – and of course Paul's quite a photographer – but it's one of those night/day differences, as you'll see. (Click for larger image) Read more » about We Live Here: Our eagles, then and now

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