The bike paths that run through Santa Rosa, CA are part of the old canal maintenance roads that run along the upper banks of the creeks. As many creeks as there are in the county, that’s how many bike paths there are to explore and commute on. I use the super-highway of them all: the Santa Rosa Creek Trail. It’s paved and runs across the center of Santa Rosa in a mostly east-west orientation. But most of these creek trails are unpaved and remote, great for taking your dog on a run.
They also have something else in common (other than the trash): the great egrets.
They are everywhere! I never realized. We rarely saw these majestic birds up in my former home in the Sierra mountains, so I just figured these bright white creatures were rare. Well, I’m wrong. There’s a healthy population living in Santa Rosa.
They are skittish, and I am often on my bike when on the bike paths so rarely do I get a chance to take a picture of them. One day, I happened to be walking with my dog on a leash and I had a camera. I tried to get close before snapping a picture, but I scared her off before I could settled down. I managed to get this one shot.
Lesson learned: to get that perfect shot, one must always be ready (and carry a camera…and a tripod).