A smoky sunset closes a fiery July

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Smoky sunset

July 2018 will be remembered as a month when fires scorched Northern California. While we've been spared, our skies haven't, and the last day of July ended with a smoky sunset at the northwestern edge of Rancho Murieta. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A smoky sunset closes a fiery July

Clouds dressed in orange by the sunset

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Orange clouds

After a week with too many flames on the ground, neighbor Paul Anderson caught this shot Friday night, with the clouds wearing a flame-like sunset. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Clouds dressed in orange by the sunset

Unforgettable morning on Lake Clementia

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Eagle fishing

It was a spectacular Sunday morning on Lake Clementia for 9-year-old Jackson Haviland, who was there with his dad, Nic. As captured in this photo by neighbor Paul Anderson, Jackson had a front-row seat as one of our bald eagles did a bit of fishing. Anderson was in another boat and Nic Haviland was on a paddle board. This is one of those times when you really should click the photo to see it at larger size. Read more » about Unforgettable morning on Lake Clementia

Here's how to report wildlife killings

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If wild animals are being drowned at Lake Clementia, as a neighbor reports in RanchoMurieta.com’s Forums, the state says it’s a crime. “What you describe is a wildlife crime,” said a spokesperson for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. “If it’s a professional pest control company, for example, doing this, then they’re clearly not following the law. Or some neighbor gone rogue and taking out animals.” Read more » Read more » about Here's how to report wildlife killings

Neighbors rescue baby birds from drain

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Baby quailIn our big world, it wasn’t much of a crisis or much of a rescue, which probably means it isn’t much of a story. But a handful of Murietans helped rescue a bunch of baby quail from a storm drain late Monday afternoon. Read more » Read more » about Neighbors rescue baby birds from drain

West Nile virus found in Elk Grove area

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This season’s first mosquito carrying West Nile virus has been detected in Elk Grove, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Thursday. In addition, a dead scrub jay found in Elk Grove tested positive for the virus. Read more » Read more » about West Nile virus found in Elk Grove area

Big enough to walk around the nest

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Eaglets

A photo and note from neighbor Roger Brandt: "My friend Kathy and I got this picture yesterday of the three eaglets. You can see Eaglet 3 behind the stick on the right. They are getting bigger by the day." (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Big enough to walk around the nest

A sunset view of Scott Road

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Sunset

Paul Anderson, neighbor and photographer, took this shot the other evening on Scott Road. "Gotta enjoy the green grass while it lasts!" he writes. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A sunset view of Scott Road

Pera's poppies brighten our spring

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Poppies

The weather killed Daffodil Hill's season this year, but who needs Daffodil Hill when we have the Pera Poppies? This explosion of orange, engineered on Pera Drive by Eleanor and Stan Hunter, is a new phenomenon. Only three years ago, the Hunters say, they removed their front lawn and went with a low-water yard, including lots of wildflowers. Eleanor gathered the seeds from her backyard poppies and concentrated the effort out front, leading to this season's glories. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Pera's poppies brighten our spring

Domestic bliss, atop a Rancho Murieta tree

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EagletPaul Anderson, eagle photographer par excellence, shares photos and this dispatch from Lake Clementia: "Happy to report Rancho Murieta has two large baby eagles in the nest. I was out there late Sunday. The male eagle was standing guard for most of the time I was there.  Mom flew in to the nest and shortly thereafter the male eagle flew away. Literally within two minutes of leaving the nest he flew back into the nest with dinner. I was not able to capture what he caught, but most likely a fish. Now, that’s fast food!" (Click photos to see larger images) Read more » about Domestic bliss, atop a Rancho Murieta tree

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