Whiskeytown Lake, Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail.

Beautiful Whiskeytown Lake in northern California, bright blue and green waters and blue skies with lots of pine trees and douglas fir trees.
Whiskeytown lake is usually always full in the summertime.
Whiskeytown Lake in Shasta county is a great getaway for the day for many Shasta county and Trinity county residents.  A great place to get out for hiking and getting outdoors.  We went for a hike last weekend out at Whiskeytown lake and it was quite warm.  The trail we chose was a beginning level trail, mostly shady and very pleasant overall.
Whiskeytown lake is full up to the shore with water, as well as other lakes in northern California.  Lot’s of rain and snow this year, and late in the season. This is going to be an excellent year to enjoy our rivers, creeks and lakes for sure.  
Beautful tree lined trail in Whiskeytown Lake, Oakbottom Ditch Trail, northern California. Pictue is a trail lined with trees hanging over.
Beautiful trail at Whiskeytown Lake, in Shasta county.
Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail was originally a  canal system that provided water to the mining operations in Clear creek.  The Water Ditch Trail, meanders, along the lake and also highway 299 west towards Clear creek.  The trail is well shaded, and right on the lake for the most part.  We did not hike the whole trail, it is 2.75 miles one way.
 
Beautiful day on Whiskeytown lake in Shasta county.
Portion of the Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail.
We found these quaint man made steps from stone and cement.
A dead tree in the sea green colored part of the lake.

 

Lots of wild flowers in the spring at Whiskeytown lake.

 

Here is a link to the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area website.  There you can view information about the different trails and more.
 

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beautiful great white heron, on the trinity river in the winter time.

Great White Heron, Trinity River, CA

Great white heron with reflection of itself in the Trinity river, CA. It has a large yellow beak with black.
Great white heron or egret.

 

Beautiful great white heron feeding on the Trinity river, in the wintertime.   These are such beautiful majestic creatures.  Usually we would see, the great blue heron.  Not so often have we seen the great white heron.

 

 

Great white heron with large long black legs, and a yellow beak with black, feeding along the Trinity river, CA.
Great White Heron in northern California.

 

Other names for the great white heron are, great egret, common egret, and large egret.  The heron or egret is definitely large.  They come here to the Trinity river, in the winter to feed.  Along with, the geese, ducks, and great blue herons.

 

 

Great White Heron, feeding along the Trinity river, in the winter time.
Great egret along the Trinity river, in Trinity county.

 

You will see these large birds often off the Interstate 5 that runs through California, they are in the rice fields, and other large bodies of water, that are marsh like.  There are tons of birds in this area of CA, lots of water, food, and lots of birds.  But often you will see many great white egrets standing in the marshes feeding as you drive by.

 

 

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Daffodils Bloom in the Spring

There were lots of daffodils this spring, such a bright lovely flower.  They really are beautiful and daffodils are perennials, that comes back every year and we love those kinds of flowers.

Spring flowers in trinity county, daffodils, along the Trinity river.
Penny’s Daffodils in Trinity county, California.
Spring daffodils in Trinity county, and blue sky with puffy clouds.
Yellow daffodils in the springtime, Trinity river, Califofornia.

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Beautiful stalk and head of broccoli grown by my aunt and uncle.

Broccoli, delicious, nutritious, and in your own backyard.

My aunt and uncle have some broccoli growing in their backyard. We had some sunlight very briefly during that week long winter storm, and I went outside and realized they were growing broccoli.

How cool is that? Here are three of the still life photographs that I took.

 

 

 

 

I enjoy steamed broccoli very much. Here is a link for broccoli nutrition.

http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2356/2