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Delta Wanderings XXIII – July 2016 -- “A Delta Summer"

July 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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As the calendar heads towards August we find ourselves in a classic Delta summer, hot cloudless days, cool evenings (sometimes) and lots of activity in the waters around us. 

Summer

Hair gets lighter, Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Nights get longer. Music gets louder. Life gets better. 

 

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      A different view of Discovery Bay's iconic Lighthouse

 

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      A busy Saturday evening on the water

 

But all is not Rosey in our Delta Paradise

Looks like so far we have gotten a slight break from the invasive weeds that have plagued us over the last few years. Of course some sloughs are fairing better than others. There still are large patches of slough choking Water Hyacinth scattered about but so far nothing like last year. After several years of the Egeria Densa weed growing out of control the treatment by California Department of Boating and Waterways seems to have helped. All is not Rosey though, as we have been plagued with a green pea soup algae bloom creating some of the worst water clarity I have seen in many years. We have seen this many times when water temps are high and winds low. But it usually comes and goes relatively quickly. This year it seems to have persisted for a longer time. To make matters worse in late July Contra Costa Health officials started advising people in Discovery Bay to avoid swimming in the slow water areas after preliminary field tests indicated the presence of potentially harmful blue-green algae. Hopefully it doesn’t last very long. Just imagine if the Twin Tunnels Project moves forward lowering our water levels and diverting substantial amounts of fresh clean water to Southern California. Link to Health alert: http://cchealth.org/press-releases/2016/0725-Blue-Green-Algae-in-the-Water.php

 

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   An aerator was installed the other day in the DB Marina to break up the slick green slime. Seemed to do a good job

 

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     Boat launching is a challenge when Willow Lake water levels are lowered annually for maintenance 

 

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      I wonder how the lower water levels have affected algae blooms in Willow Lake?  

 

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      A playground for the young

 

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     Main Channel to Marina

 

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      As seen from Discovery Bay on 7/27, the debris from the Chinese carrier rocket Long March 7 (aka Chang Zheng 7)

 

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     Juvenile Snowy Egrets preening

 

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      Juvenile Snowy Egrets taking flight

 

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     Ultralight, Ultra low

 

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    With a constant flow of fresh water from the Sierras and 4 significant daily tide changes the California Delta is known for some excellent fishing

 

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      The Delta is a boater's paradise

 

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       Close call!              I was waiting for these guys to crash

 

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      We don't see many sailboats in our narrow channels

 

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       Go! Speed Racer

 

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      "Live Where You Play"

 

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      Got to love growing up on the water

 

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      Snowy Egret with tell-tale yellow feet and yellow lores (spot btwn eye and bill)

 

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     Great Egret flying by. The largest of our Egrets, notice the black legs and feet with yellow bill. (composite image)

 

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         Got to love Delta Sunsets

 

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      Indian Slough, a watery play ground

 

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      A serious floatilla on the move

 

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     Sometimes we forget we live in an agricultural region

 

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            "SITTING DUCKS"   

 

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      A local farmer and professional marksman uses our vast open space for target practice

 

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      Captain Morgan headed back to the Marina after one of his very cool Delta tours

 

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      Pacific Pond Turtle

 

      Headed back home after our Delta wine cruise. A time lapse video from our pontoon boat. Click above photo to play video

 

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     Discovery Bay Marina

 

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    Summer Concert series at the Discovery Bay Marina draws a big local crowd. Sponsored by the Discovery Bay Lions

 

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     A view from above

 

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     Sheriff in one their favorite hiding spots, intersection of Indian Slough and Werner Dredger Cut

 

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     Headed in. When it stays light out till 8:30-9pm I'm not sure I understand why the Marine Sheriff goes in so early?

 

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     Not exactly 5mph / No Wake. The reckless and irresponsible become more active later in the day after the Sheriff heads in. 

 

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     Got to love our colorful Delta skies

 

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      Full Moon arising, props to my wife and boat driver for the line-up

 

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   Fireworks maybe illegal in Contra Costa County, but they sure are fun to watch (composite image)

 

     Star Trails over Discovery Bay Lighthouse

 

     Night sky time lapse view of Discovery Bay. Notice the active flyway.  Click photo above to start video. 

 

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      At night you can here the train's horn throughout Discovery Bay

 

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      Orwood Bascule Bridge over Old River built in 1928 to connect Bacon and Woodward Islands     

 

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     Beaver munching on some tulee roots

 

     Beavers, Otters and Muskrats make their homes along our blackberry bramble and tulee lined levees. Click Photo above for my Beaver slide show video

 

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      Snowy Egret in flight

 

       

     Star Stack, 113 images shot of a 40 minute period stacked on top of each other. Center of circle is the North Star. Click above photo to play video 

 

       Twilight over Beaver Bay

 

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   Harvest Moon rising next to Discovery Bay Lighthouse  (composite image)

 

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If you missed my last "Delta Wanderings" blog post check it out at:

http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/delta-wanderings-xxii-july-2016-In-Our-Backyard

 

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