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

Taking in the vastness of the universe

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Orion nebula

This is the famous Orion Nebula as captured the other night from the Murieta North backyard of David Scharlach. On a dark, clear night, you can see this nebula with your naked eye, but it’s only a fuzzy patch of light in the string of stars below Orion’s belt. This photo is the result of David’s 4-inch refractor telescope being put to work with a 40-minute exposure on his camera. “I am really pleased with how this came out,” he writes. (Well, yeah!)  If astronomy or astrophotography is a semi-serious interest, David would like to hear from you about setting up a local star party once the weather warms up. He’s at davidlaw1@sbcglobal.net. (Click for larger image) Read more » about Taking in the vastness of the universe

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

The holiday season is feather weather

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Christmas bird

Another reason to slow down on Murieta Parkway. This is the egret who is adding to the holiday cheer at the Rancho Murieta Association Building, as photographed by Bill "Birdman" Gengler. Bill speculates the bird has been hanging around for weeks just to celebrate Christmas with residents, but we think the canny fowl was waiting for the right backdrop for its close-up. (Click for larger image) Read more » about The holiday season is feather weather

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

California fires darken our skies

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Smoky sunset

Much of Northern California is under a red flag warning from Saturday night through Monday morning – with a forecast of high winds, low humidity and an elevated fire risk. The fire threat has been real enough, with the leveling of Paradise and the loss of many lives, plus fires in Southern California. These disasters have touched us only in the form of smoky skies, such as this Friday sunset captured by Bill Gengler. (Click for larger image) Read more » about California fires darken our skies

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