Two views of 'supermoon' over Murieta

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Moon

So you knew Rancho Murieta's photographers would be out for this month's "supermoon" — the biggest and brightest moon to rise in our skies since 1948. Oscar Vasquez was out at Lake Calero Sunday night for the beautiful shot above, and Bill Gengler used his vehicle's headlights Monday night to add an impressionistic deer to his moon shot. A full moon this close to Earth won't happen again until Nov. 25, 2034, if you want to put it on your calendar. Click the photos to see larger images.

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Fishing gear swap meet set for Oct. 16

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The Rancho Murieta Fishing Club will host a fishing equipment swap (rods, reels, lures, boats) on Oct. 16 at Stonehouse Park  It's free, open to Rancho Murieta residents only. Seller setup will be from 8 to 9 a.m. It will be open to buyers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read more » about Fishing gear swap meet set for Oct. 16

50 people come out for meteor light show

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Star party

More than 50 people gathered under the stars and moon in Rancho Murieta Friday night to see the Perseid meteor shower, an annual event that promised a special show this year. Murietan David Scharlach, an amateur astronomer who arranged the gathering, on the parking area above Lakes Calero and Chesbro, provided a 10-inch telescope and had a friend bring an 11-inch telescope. Kids, parents and grandparents lined up to see Saturn, the Moon and other heavenly objects. Shortly after 9:30, as Scharlach was explaining about distances in space, the crowd broke the classroom silence with cries of  “Wow!” and “Oooooh!” They had seen the first meteor of the night. Read more » about 50 people come out for meteor light show

Meteor-viewing party planned for Friday

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The Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak Thursday and Friday nights. A Murieta neighbor is planning a meteor-viewing party for Friday night, and you’re invited.

The party organizer, David Scharlach, invites you to bring kids, lawn chairs and refreshments Friday night to the ridge top at Puerto Drive and Camino Del Lago, above Lake Calero. Be sure to park out on Puerto Drive so your vehicle’s headlights and dust don’t ruin the viewing for the people who are already there.

Scharlach will have a telescope on site, and if you have one, you’re invited to bring it along and share it with the others. Read more » about Meteor-viewing party planned for Friday

Young eagle: They're so cute at that age

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Eagle

Bill (Birdman) Gengler shares one of his nature photos and this note: "Took this picture today of what seems to be a juvenile bald eagle sitting on a power pole on the backside of Lake Calero.  It had a dinner in its claws and flew away into the trees to eat it.  Yes, the hawks and eagles are still around our lakes even though it is hot out there after Summer Solstice. Have a good day." Read more » about Young eagle: They're so cute at that age

Adding catfish and bluegill to Laguna Joaquin

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Bucket of fish

Rancho Murieta’s fish population got a boost Tuesday as 400 catfish and 200 bluegills found a new home in Laguna Joaquin. Luke Leonard of Fresh Water Fish Company released buckets of both at two coves on the lake known to be breeding areas for midge flies.  Rancho Murieta Association Maintenance Manager Rod Hart and RMA Director Larry Shelton, who oversaw the release, explained that the fish are part of an effort to control the insect infestations, improve water quality and add to recreational fishing at the lake. Shelton is the co-chair of the Midge Fly Ad Hoc Committee. Last month the RMA board voted to spend $1,800 to stock the lake, sharing the cost with Murieta Townhouses Inc., which is contributing $1,000. Below are a couple of bluegills.

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A profile you'll be seeing at the post office

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Squirrel

The other lunchtime, this light-fingered fellow was working his way from cart to cart in the Pro Shop parking lot. A passerby reported a Snickers bar had gone missing from her golf cart. Be on the lookout. Security has been notified. Click photo for larger image. Read more » about A profile you'll be seeing at the post office

RMA addresses geese and midge-fly problems

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[Brief published April 19] The Rancho Murieta Association board last week approved a low-cost effort to address problems with Canada geese at Lake Clementia and heard a report on approaches to clean the midge flies out of Laguna Joaquin. Read more » about RMA addresses geese and midge-fly problems

An explosion of spring flowers on Pera

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Pera poppies

Beth Buderus took this photo of a poppies riot on Pera Drive the other day. She says it's one of several homes where this spring's poppies have gone crazy. You can click the photo to see a larger image. Read more » about An explosion of spring flowers on Pera

Birdman family portrait – and a presentation

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Mute swans

Bill (Birdman) Gengler offers this family portrait and a note: "it looks like Mother Mute Swan let her babies out of the family's Bass Lake nest she has been sitting in for weeks. And mom and dad are swimming around with them on the lake.  Nice looking group!" Bill Gengler, along with 160 nature photos and his wealth of knowledge, will be addressing the Kiwanis Club at 7 p.m. tonight at the Villas Clubhouse. The public is invited. Birdman adds, "I will also answer questions about how easy it was to take these pictures and how the attendees might be able to do the same thing with very reasonably priced cameras and iPhones." Read more » about Birdman family portrait – and a presentation

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