Dick's Sierra Foothills & San Joaquin Valley Pictures

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The San Joaquin Valley covers 10,000 square miles of Central California, from Bakersfield in Kern County north to the Stockton Delta. All along this huge tract of land to the east lies the Sierra Nevada. This photo album includes photos from the valley and Sierra foothills. These photos were formerly in my Central California album, which has been split into this page, Mother Lode Country, the Pacific Coast & Coast Ranges and Death Valley.....
Train in southern Sierra foothills, Kern County  Lichen on rock Near Highway 58, Kern County
   
Along Highway 49, Madera County Mist above the Chowchilla River Live oak, Mariposa County
   
Sycamores by the Kings River Millerton Lake on the San Joaquin River Sierra snow from San Joaquin Gorge
   
San Joaquin Gorge (formerly known as Squaw Leap) (Also see my San Joaquin Gorge Photo Album)
   
Burl on blue oak at San Joaquin Gorge Foot bridge across San Joaquin River Kennedy Table above the San Joaquin River
   
Pine Flat Dam Kings River below Pine Flat Kings River above Pine Flat
Lupines near Kings River Water tank in Raymond C.E. Quick Ranch, Ben Hur Road
Basalt outcropping, Table Mountain area Wren Peak in Kings Canyon National Park from above Pine Flat Lake Oak near Kings River
   
Millerton Lake Little Table Mountain, Madera County - Spring and Summer
   
Spider webs in foothill grass Sky Harbor Road near Fresno Oak near Sky Harbor Road
Oak near Mariposa Pond near Mariposa Table Mountain,
   
San Joaquin River at Friant Orange lichen on rock near Kings River, Garnet Dike Road Frosty morning near Oakhurst
Fall color at Pine Flat Camp Pine Flat Dam Pine Flat Dam & Kings River
   
Snow near Highway 58 east of Bakersfield Snow on Deadwood Mountain from Hensley Reservoir Redinger Lake on the San Joaquin River
   
Rock wall, Ben Hur Road, Mariposa County Close-up of wall Spring in Ben Hur
   
Scenes from the Telegraph Fire, Mariposa County, July 2008
   
More Telegraph Looking toward the Merced River Canyon Split boulder at Hensley Reservoir, Madera County, CA
   
Mushroom rock near Hensley Reservoir Close to the rock Fractured rock near Hensley
   
A distant view of Deadwood Signal Peak from Hensley Snowy mountains south of Yosemite, seen from Hensley
Snow on the lower foothills The fenced off park area contrasts with grazing land Hensley Lake and road to boat ramp
   
Hensley Reservoir A view from above the campground Rocks and oaks near Hensley
   
Fiddlenecks brighten the Sierra foothill landscape Rotary Park in Clovis also serves as a catch basin for storm runoff Ducks in the dugout
   
A good buckeye crop Pine Flat reservoir from above Sky Ranch Road Frost-covered spider web above Oakhurst (Jennifer Neely photo)
    

Rancheria Creek by Ben Hur Road, Mariposa County CA

Buckeye and lichen-covered rock by Rancheria Creek Oaks and grass by Old Highway, Mariposa CA
   

Falls on Pegleg Creek near Highway 49, Mariposa County

Indian grinding holes in granite above the falls The rock seems to be holding the oak in place
    
Shuteye Peak & Eagle Beaks above San  Joaquin River Hensley Reservoir, Madera County Side hill oak near Lake Millerton, Fresno County
   
Split rock at San Joaquin Gorge (Squaw Leap) Big Table Mountain from Auberry Road, Fresno County Dead tree by Auberry Road
X marks the spot Kennedy Table, north of the San Joaquin Gorge Another view
   
A path well-traveled Lichen-covered rock and young thistle plant A knob of harder rock resists weathering
   
Big Table Mountain from San Joaquin Gorge Finegold Bay, Millerton Lake Black cattle, green grass, grey pines and white rocks by the San Joaquin Trail
  
Horseshoe bend, Millerton Lake, Fresno County CA
Shuteye Peak and Eagle Beaks, above the upper San Joaquin, viewed from the San Joaquin Trail Creek bottom by Road 400, Madera County CA A closer look
  
Grazing land by Road 400 Ranch on Road 400 Another  Road 400 scene
   
New and old grass with oaks and Hensley Lake as a backdrop Bull pines (AKA digger pines) at San Joaquin Gorge San Joaquin River Trail, near the San Joaquin River Gorge parking lot
  
Nature's landscaping Cascades on Big Creek, north of Pine Flat Lake, Fresno County A more peaceful section of Big Creek
   
Another typical section of Big Creek We call this old structure next to Big Creek "The Guardhouse" View to the south into Big Creek drainage from near Blue Canyon
   
Flowers on hills above Big Creek near Pine Flat Water has worn a path down these rocks by Road 620 in Madera County

Signal Peak, above the south fork of the Merced River in Mariposa County

   
Hensley Lake after two years of below average rainfall I call this Rabbit Rock, because I always see one by it And here he is!
   
Game trail near Henley Lake Windmill and shed southeast of Le  Grand CA Windmill and barn on White Rock Road, Merced County
  
Along Whtie Rock Road, Mariposa County A long, lonesome road The White Rock Cemetery
   
Fall in Clovis Nice contrast between deciduous and evergreen A colorful carpet
  
A closer look Red and yellow leaves Pyracantha in December
   
Snow below 1,000 feet elevation is visible from downtown Clovis Along the Clovis Trail system Millerton Lake and Friant Dam with Little Table Mountain in the background
  
Shuteye Peak and Eagle Beaks on the horizon above Millerton Lake A typical section of the South Bay Trail at Millerton "Fisherman's Trail" below the South Bay Trail
Water-sculpted beach at Millerton Lake Rock by the South Bay Trail Squaw Leap table top mountain just after sunset
  

A section of Hite's Cove Trail, South Fork of Merced River

South Fork, Highway 140 bridge, and main Merced River (by Wes Thiessen)

Poppies along Hite's Cove Trail

Poppies and the river Chemise brush and rugged hills of the Merced drainage Rotary Park flood basin, February 28, 2014
Geese enjoying the wet weather The infield is too wet to play on New green leaves in San Joaquin Gorge area
Storm clouds set off bull pine on hills at San Joaquin Gorge Morning light at San Joaquin Gorge Along Merced Falls Road
   
South Bay Trail, Millerton Lake Arson fire in the hills above Mariposa, 2004 Table Mountain in Madera County, CA
Slope of Table Mountain Fox tails in the fall Blue oak in the hills above Oakhurst
Valley and foothills below Trimmer Springs Road in Fresno County, CA
  
Oak and pine trees near Sycamore Creek and Pine Flat Reservoir
  
Millerton Lake at Finegold Creek
  
Looking across at Edison Point above Pine Flat Lake
  
New Year's Eve sunset above Oakhurst Deeper Reds Pincushion Peak above Winchell Cove at Millerton Lake
     

Falling water line at Lake Millerton creates unique patterns and colors (WT)

Did that boulder roll down there recently?

Rocky section along the trail near Winchell Cove

  
Low water on Pine Flat Lake, March 2015

All that nice green lawn should be underwater

Poppies on the hillside above Pine Flat Lake

Snow on the Monarch Divide between the North and Middle Forks of the Kings River Mill Flat Creek Green hillside above the creek
  

Hite's Cove Trail on the South Fork of the Merced River

Cliff above Highway 140 along the Merced River

Smoky sunrise reflected in the Helm Canal
Creek drainage by Road 400 in Madera County
  
Rocks and oaks near Hensley Lake
  
View of the Sierra - Kings Canyon on left; Great Western Divide at right, from Highway 145 near Highway 41
Ancient upside-down tree stump by Deadwood Lookout Road near Oakhurst CA Cattle guard on Deadwood Lookout Road Cattle by the road
  

San Joaquin River by Jensen Ranch Trail

Fall in Woodward Park

Coarsegold Creek, Madera County, running high in 1983

   
Fog from the San Joaquin Valley pours over a ridge near Oakhurst Not a lake, but fog in Blue Canyon near Pine Flat Lake Mariposa Creek carries mud from heavy rain
  
Little Dry Creek in Fresno County during the 2016 El Nino year

Lone tree above the Old Town Trail in Clovis

Snow at Old Yosemite Road and 620 above Oakhurst
  
Bright green grass in the San Joaquin Gorge area Big Dry Creek at Highway 168

A rainy year has brought this little creek back to life

  
Another view of Big Dry Creek Green hills and the Sierra from Trimmer Springs Road The valley of Sycamore Creek where it enters Pine Flat Lake
  
Cushioned resting rock Pine Flat lake sparkles in the spring sunshine At the start of the San Joaquin River Trail western end
   
This park in Clovis is a flood basin when it rains

Ducks swimming above the sidewalk

Fiddlenecks in Dry Creek Canyon, Tulare County
   
Another fantastic Dry Creek Canyon vista Enjoying the redbuds beside the Dry Creek Trail in Clovis Debris line marks high water on the Chowchilla River
     
Table Mountain near the junction of Highways 145 and 41
   
Along the Lakeview Trail by Eastman Lake Hikers stand atop Pincushion Peak above Millerton Lake Wildflowers line both sides of the San Joaquin River Trail
   
Farewell-to-Spring turn the hills pink at San Joaquin Gorge Squaw Leap above the San Joaquin Gorge Another example of nature's landscaping skills
   
Flower-lined trail at San Joaquin Gorge

This bridge links trails on both sides of the San Joaquin River

Early morning view up the San Joaquin River drainage
   
Fiddlenecks above the Kings River (Thiessen photo) Snow on Deadwood Mountain above Oakhurst Snow on leafless buckeye
  
Snow on the pine tree Snow-lined driveway above Oakhurst Table Mountain near Highway 41 and 145 in Madera County
A field of tarweed on Triangle Road in Mariposa County Hughes creek and a ranch from Trimmer Springs Road Misty hill above the Edison Point Trail near Pine Flat
  
Scenes after a fire in the foothills along Auberry Road below Prather
A dramatic view of Pine Flat Lake and clouds in early afternoon Little Dry Creek near Auberry Road

The rushing waters of Big Dry Creek in January 2017

  

Wes Thiessen captured this dramatic view of the Sierra snow

Sun kisses the green hills across Lake Millerton Pincushion Peak from Millerton and Auberry Roads
  
The Finegold Creek branch of Millerton Lake (compare 2104 view) This flat rock looks right down on Trimmer Springs Road near Pine Flat Lake

A little creek that runs into the Kings River near Winton Park

  
Slide on Trimmer Springs Road on the south side of the Kings River Where it came from

Big Creek branch of Pine Flat Lake with poppies on the hills

A delightful blue oak, attired in bright green for spring A long stretch of Eastman Lake, complete with island Birds eye gillia above the lake
Fence along the Lakeview Trail by Eastman Lake Spring in the Sierra foothills We call this ancient oak snag "The Watchman"
  
Little Table Mountain peeks over the foothills Buckeye and boulders, Madera County Farewell-to-Spring paint the hills above Pine Flat Reservoir pink
   
The water level at Pine Flat has been lowered to make room for the 2017 snow melt Running water, aquatic plants and a swampy area in Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park A little creek near Ahwahnee
Lupines create a patch of blue on this Madera County hillside
Looking across the Oakhurst valley toward Goat Mountain from Ahwahnee Springtime beauty in Ahwahnee

Pond by the Lewis Eaton Trail in the San Joaquin River bottom

   
Full view of the pond At Centerville east of Fresno, Wes Thiessen biked through virtually unknown China Creek Park Some jagged rocks above the San Joaquin River Trail
         
The 2107 acorn crop is a good one A small island in Lake Millerton, framed through a rugged blue oak (WT) Palms and a pond at the River Center, San Joaquin River north of Fresno
  
New grass is ready to take over from the old San Joaquin River below the bluffs west of Highway 41 The area, known as River West, is the site of a future extension of the Lewis Eaton Trail

 

All photos copyright 2002-2018 by Dick Estel. Permission granted for personal use only; commercial use prohibited.

    

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