Photographer's Note

Nature's gold is not always just in the ground, it is also in life.
This scene is of the South Fork of the American River about 40 miles east of where gold was discovered on the Middle Fork in Coloma, California in 1848, which launched the Forty Niners.
Most people just drive east up the Sierra Nevada Mountains on Highway 50 without stopping to get to South Lake Tahoe. Yet there are special places just off the road along the American River to relax and enjoy. Here in autumn the river flows slower and lower because the mountain snows have receded. The majestic oak trees dominate, while the willows and other shrubs change to their fall colors.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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