This Sundays ride was a treat for the eyes after a winter of bleak brown.
This is a picture of French Meadows Reservoir, as the shoreline shows the water level is down where it normally is in mid-summer.
This pic is the Middle Fork of the American River looking down from Little Oak Flat. The angle line you see is part of the Placer County Water Agency's power generation station utilizing a Pelton wheel driven generator.
The wild Lupens are in bloom everywhere on The Ridge as seen here, lovely bright colors against a backdrop of singed brush from last years forest fire.
By far the greatest part of the ride this weekend was when crossing the Dam at French Meadows , halfway across I spotted an Bald Eagle flying low right in front of me about 20 feet off the dam top.
We crossed the dam together, he , looking down at me, and I, looking up at him. At the end of the dam, I slowed and he circled as if to welcome me home.
I was home, for the first time since last year, I was home, where the Eagles soar and the air is clear, trees sound with the birds and wind, waves lap gently upon the shore, surrounded by Natures beauty.