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Gold in the Sierra Nevada Foothills

Gold in the Sierra Nevada Foothills

Placer County, California


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The skies are nearly black as summertime thunderstorms build in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. You can see the silvery mist of rain showers here and there within the background.


I loved to take my golden retriever to this field near my home. He would really do his thing by pointing and flushing birds. I'm not a hunter and I didn't train him to do it. It was just in him. There was a pond nearby, and he would take off running to investigate the duck families that lived there. After a swim and one of those convulsive shakes that dogs do to dry-off, it was back into the fields for him. An hour later, I had a tired and smelly dog at home, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. My pup passed away in 1999 at the age of 12 ½.


This photo was taken in 1991. The field shown in the photo is now covered wall-to-wall with tract homes. Only the memories remain of my dog and this magical place.


View the "before and after" photo collage here

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Taken on May 2, 2012