A Place to Complete the Circle of Life

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The following scenes were snapped from the bike and footbridge across the American river at about Mile 13 of the American River Parkway.  The bridge connects William Pond Recreation Area in Carmichael to River Bend Park near Rancho Cordova.

Sacramento was enjoying a spectacular late November day, with temperatures in the upper 60s.  The river looked placid.  A lone fisherman was trying his luck, although this part of the river is supposed to be off-limits for fishing due to the Salmon spawn. 
The last picture is of a finned one, working to accomplish an important step in the circle of life.











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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
Love the photos, and it looks like you definitely have some amazing outdoors areas near you.
Nov 26, 2012 11:52 AM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Melissa - What I'm learning in the last couple months is so much of the outdoor beauty is only accessible by bike or foot.  The American River Parkway is an amazing place.

Nov 26, 2012 12:02 PM #2
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Myrl:  I read the post, and was really upset at this "fisherman" who was in an off-limits area.  How rude.  The fish are completing their circle of life, and I felt bad for the poor lil salmon or whatever who was only trying to do it's thing.  As you may have guessed, I am not a fisherman.

What a beautiful setting. Such peace.  Such serenity.

ps... I find the font used in your post difficult to read, or it makes it difficult to concentrate when trying to read the post.  Just my opinion.

Nov 26, 2012 12:05 PM #3
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Not many people realize this cycle that happens every year here Myrl. Thanks for the photos.

Nov 26, 2012 12:32 PM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Karen - I know what you mean.  Where is PETA when you need 'em:-)

Tom - Yes, every year.  It's kind of bittersweet to understand that the Pacific Salmon ultimately all die at the end of the spawn. 

Nov 26, 2012 12:55 PM #5
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Beautiful, beautiful photographs, Myrl. I love how you enhanced the first one, it looks like a painting that I can easily imagine hanging on my wall. Very peaceful scenes.

Nov 26, 2012 01:38 PM #6
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Myrl, This is just wonderful and I am glad you took the time to get these wonderful photos. They add so nicely to the collection of Sacramento treasures you have previously shared.
Nov 26, 2012 01:42 PM #7
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Myrl,

Great pictures and yes the circle of life is reflected here. I enjoyed your last post with all the pictures and here is a couple fishing illegally.........good thing they are not getting citations as it can be costly. Thanks for sharing. I want to go salmon fishing in Alaska as it is on my bucket list.

Nov 26, 2012 03:30 PM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Andrea - There really isn't much enhancement to any of the pictures.  That's pretty much the scene as it was snapped.  It's a lovely time of year along the river.

William - I keep worrying that I'm boring folks to death with these Parkway scenes.  I was just thinking today, that I need to get off this darn bike, and really go somewhere. . .LOL

Kristen - This stretch of the American River is the natural spawning spot for the Salmon.  It has been amazing to witness the fish coming upstream, spawning, using the ladder at the fish hatchery, and ultimately dying to complete the life cycle.  I have lived within 2 blocks of all this for the past 43 years.  Yet, it wasn't until I bought my bicycle a couple of months ago, that I took the opportunity to get really up close and personal to it along the bike trail that follows the river.

Nov 26, 2012 03:52 PM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mryl. Your title is super and got me. The pictures you took and the descriptions you set forth were moving. I love to read your posts about life and nature.

Nov 26, 2012 10:12 PM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You have never been boring with your river scenes.  I enjoyed this pictorial adventure, and your reflection on the circle of life.  Thanks for the outdoor moment. A

Nov 26, 2012 11:27 PM #11
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

If you keep this up Meryl, the rest of the country will empty and move to Sacramento.

Nov 27, 2012 12:02 AM #12
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

What an incredible picture of that fish. Is that a salmon? See, you can tell I don't know my fish. But I do have a fishing license and we could go, Myrl.

I, too, would have screamed at that guy in the river. What the heck? I would have yelled CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME, get out out of that river!!! I'm surprised you didn't do that, Myrl. That's unlike you. That's definitely something you would do. See, if I was there, you would have done it, wouldn't you?

Nov 27, 2012 08:46 AM #13
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Sheila - I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures and this blog!

Alexandra - I'm glad you're not thinking so!  Sacramento is going to begin heavy storms for the next 5 days at least.  That should keep me off the bicycle for awhile!

Steve - Having grown up in Sacramento, and living here all my life, I have often taken it for granted.  But, there is really a lot to enjoy here.

Elizabeth - Actually, I did get word to that guy.  Although it wasn't quite as forceful as with that biker, who I thought had blocked your car with his Harley. . .LOL   Fishing is permitted in the area of the river between the Nimbus Fish Hatchery and Nimbus Dam.  But this stretch of the river is off-limits.  The thing is, none of these Salmon will survive this journey.  But, they need to be allowed to complete the spawn.  I understand they don't eat once they swim from the ocean into fresh water.  I don't know how it is the fishermen get them to bite???

Nov 27, 2012 09:03 AM #14
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


I'm just loving your photo journals and essays. You are celebrating your own circle of life in the most postive and productive way and I applaud you.

You have the makings of a beautiful memoir and I wish you all the happiness ever because you that's exactly what you give to others.

Nov 28, 2012 11:26 AM #15
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


            Great pictures I totally have enjoyed seeing you pictures along the Parkway! I feel that I too am enjoying your bike right along with you! Looks like your guys are having great weather!

Nov 29, 2012 05:45 AM #16
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Myrl, love the photos that provide such serenity....one day I will visit Sacremento again.

Nov 29, 2012 06:28 AM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I always like to see your photographs. Photobiking is a good way to spend some time.

Enjoy the holiday season with your camera in hand.  You will want to capture the special moments to share.

Nov 29, 2012 06:29 AM #18
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

These are wonderful, Myrl, as are all your photos. Love the spawning fish.

Dec 04, 2012 03:55 AM #19
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