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Oh do I love dos Ducks!!!
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Aug 29 2007 07:34 GMT misterrie
Lake or river???

Nice view!
Aug 29 2007 11:35 GMT roncarlin PRO
This is the San Jacinto Wildlife Area. They have 5 large pond areas. During Hunting Season, the hunter sign up and a limited number are permitted to hunt on Wednesdays and Saturday. The Ranger has given me permission to go in to this area anytime there is not a hunting day. I love going and just watching. I have seen Snakes, all types of birds, and coyotes. There are also other game in this enclosure such as Bobcat, Mountian Lion and others.
Aug 29 2007 14:37 GMT PhotoPro PRO
Ron do you live in TX?

I lived in Houston(mainly) and Corpus Christi for 40 years.
Aug 29 2007 15:49 GMT roncarlin PRO
I live in California, born and raised here. I was raised in a small town outside of Bakersfield called Arvin. We move from there when I was 7 and move to the Los Angeles Area. We live in Garden Grove (about a mile from Disneyland) for 28 years and moved to San Jacinto 4years ago (it is about 40 miles West of Palm Springs). That is why I have a lot of photos of the Desert areas. I don't have to fight the traffic going toward Los Angeles. We can go east and be in Arizona in about one hour.
Wish I did live in TX. it would be nice meeting you Bill.
Aug 29 2007 17:27 GMT PhotoPro PRO
I would so love to be able to afford to live in CA - Gail grew up in the Bay Area and we went out there every year until her parents died. I fell in love as soon as I walked off the plane.

Gail's brother and his wife live in Grass Valley(north of Sacramento in the foothils of the Sierra's) on their own hill. It's a gorgeous place and the snow tipped Sierras are in view from the 3rd floor of their house!!! :-)) Doug has worked on classified Defense Dept. contracts for 37 years his wife is a professional cheff, and they raise alpacas.... nowhere but CA - right?

In 2000 we moved to St Louis - it's a wonderful change from Houston, especially the climate. So many wonderful things to photograph both here and in a 150 mile radius.

The reason I asked about TX is there is a San Jacinto river in TX - in fact it played the most important background in TX's war for independence - it was where Sam Houston's army of about 800 men completely routed Santa Ana's elite army of over 5000 and captured SA.
Aug 31 2007 04:31 GMT roncarlin PRO
Interesting facts Bill. Most of the pictures I am close to are in the Local Mountians around us, and the Desert area. It is a little harder to make the Desert come alive especially if the light conditions are not just right, but I really enjoy trying to find beautiful subject there. ron c