Beautiful bowl of bright red cherries,with their green leaves still and in a stainless steel collainder.

Cherries in Redding, Shasta County, CA

Beautiful stainless steel colander of cherries, just picked.
Redding is hot, and in the spring we have perfect cherries.
Beautiful collainder filled with cherries on an old wooden ladder.
Cherry Tree in Redding, California.

These are the most beautiful and tasty cherries ever!  I sure loved them when we had them to pick every year.  That is when the birds did not get to them first.  One year, they were there, and the next day they were gone!  Apparently, it was the same all around for many cherry crops.





Beautiful bowl of bright red cherries,with their green leaves still and in a stainless steel collainder.
Cherries grow so easily in northern California.
















The cherries only get better each year!  I don’t live there at the moment, but I am sure the cherries were just as delicious if not better than the years before.  I did make some cherry jam once, and it was delicious!  I gave some to my relatives, and kept some for myself also.



Sleeping duck black and white, with gray and bluish rocks in the background, and the dark water with the reflection of the duck.

Wild Common Merganser Ducks in the Trinity River

Two wild common Merganser ducks swimming on the Trinity river.
Wild common Merganser ducks swimming.

These ducks are amazing!  I looked up these ducks and they are the common Merganser wild duck also called the Goosander.  they are larger ducks of lakes and rivers, and they prefer the fresh water. They are common to North America, Europe and Asia.

I love to watch them ducking in and out of the water getting food.They eat fish and nest in holes in trees.  Which makes perfect sense there are a lot of trees in this area.


Wild Common Merganser ducks swimming upriver in the Trinity river, northern California.
Common Merganser ducks in the Trinity river, CA.


These Common Merganser wild ducks like to swim up the side of the river, and then they float down.  sometimes with little ducklings following.  it’s adorable. In the Trinity river, we mostly see these wild ducks in the winter.


Beautiful panoramic photograph of a winter sunset at the wetlands in northen California, Llano Seco, Upper Butter Basin Wildlife.

Llano Seco, Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area

Llano Seco sunset last February, wetlands in Upper Butter Basin Wildlife.
Llano Seco Sunset, Wetlands.

From Interstate 5 in northern California, there are a few Wildlife areas, which are very pristine. These historic natural wetlands formed from runoff from the Sacramento river and Butte Creek.  Located in Butte and Glenn counties, the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area is a sight to see.



Beautiful clouds and sunset on the wetlands of Llano Seco, seven mile road.
Sunset at Llano Seco wetlands.

I was passing by the Llano Seco around sunset.  I went to see Storm Large at the Laxson Auditorium, at Chico State. She rocks!  Look up her website. She sings with Pink Martini also. They have a song, called Veronique. Storm Large

Pictured a sunset from last February.  Lnano Seco was beautiful that evening. There is a boarded walkway out that you can walk out on and get a good view of the wetlands, panoramic also.

Lots of water, birds, and beautiful sunsets at the Upper Butter Basin Wildlife area, Llano Seco, wetlands.
Beautiful sunset at Llano Seco.

This is one of the finest wetland habitats in northern California.  Below is a link to the Dept of Fish and Wildlife, with maps and much more details about the Wildlife area.

Upper Butter Basic Wildlife Area, California





Beautiful close up of the sun behind the clouds and the red reflection on the water, with the trees in the middle, at Llano Seco, CA.
Beautiful Sunset and reflection at Llano Seco.

It’s a great place for bird watching, there are many species of birds. There are so many birds to see, here are just a few.  There are pelicans, hawks, eagles, falcons, cuckoo, sparrows, cranes, herons, starlings, swallows, larks, blackbirds, and so many more I won’t list.  Go to the website, and look at the pdf file, Bird Checklist.  There are so many they need a check list.









Beautiful blue skies and clouds and the early morning light, with snow on the treetops in Trinity county.

Snowy Weather in Northern California

Blue skies and fog and the Trinity river an early morning after fresh snow.
December snow on the Trinity river in CA.

Finally, we have been getting some snow in northern California! We are still experiencing a drought, but the snow pack is much more promising, so far, this year.  I took these before Christmas and after, and it was a white wonderland in Trinity county.  Luckily, for those without all wheel drive and 4 wheel drive, it melted fast.  Snow isn’t fun when you are stuck in it or at home without food or supplies.  Or if you have to be somewhere and can’t get there, or can’t get home.




Beautiful snow capped trees, and the reflection of them in the Trinity river, on a cold December day.
Beautiful snowy day on the Trinity river in California

I remember as a child when it snowed, often my dad had to go to work.  He used to plow the mountain roads at night.  But for the most part, during the snow days, we would just enjoy the snow.  Many times it snowed so much that it just wasn’t safe to drive anywhere. These days though everyone one has all wheel drive, and four wheel drive.  But sometimes even that isn’t enough.  I’ve been in an accident with all wheel drive it is no guarantee.

The best thing to do is have enough food, heat, and supplies on hand, and just be aware if a snowstorm is coming.  Check the weather too!

Checking the weather and road conditions is a good idea in the winter in northern California. Caltrans Road Conditions 

Early morning snow and blue skies, and fog, on the Trinity river,CA.
Wonderful winter in northern California.

Roads can be closed due to; landslides, snowstorms, and flooding. You never know what you will get in the wintertime. California isn’t just Hollywood, Disneyland, and the beach. The beach is all over the state, but it’s not the same beach in northern California as southern. The water is more frigid in the north.  And the waves can be treacherous.

The road to Eureka via Weaverville highway 299 West and East right now is only open in the daytime due to a landslide.  It’s been going on for a week now.  The road was lost to the landslide and there is one lane road open in the day allowing people to pass by, and the wait could be up to an hour.