From Searsville Lake at first light, a large group of Canada geese take flight for their daytime activities. Mist rises, the moon sets. Later, startled deer look back from the forest of blue oaks. As the light increases, we visit forest, mushrooms, flowers, and buckeye trees with new spring leaves. Water pours over Searsville Dam.
Two days later. in the afternoon, a lazy rattlesnake rests in a hollow log that once gave shelter to a ground squirrel. An acorn woodpecker looks out from a valley oak, resplendent in new light-green leaves. Dusk settles in over Searsville Lake, the last rays of light picking out the bare limbs of a valley oak growing at shoreline.
Two days, two times, one set of locations: around Searsville Lake, and up into the blue oak forest and back.
© Photography by Dan Quinn