Nelder Creek and Nelder Grove

The creek below the house at Oakhurst holds a flock of California wood ducks that fly off at first sight. As they are unapproachable, we build a hide at the edge of the creek and soon two males are taken in, or are perhaps too curious, and swim slowly downstream; females are clearly less foolhardyContinue reading “Nelder Creek and Nelder Grove”


Some places on Earth are simply too beautiful and too extraordinary, such that in the modern tourism era, they may never for a moment escape public attention. Yosemite must be up there; defined by El Capitan and the Half Dome. First-time visitors like us simply stand and stare at the improbable beauty of 3,000 feetContinue reading “Yosemite”