Bill Paxson

Bill Paxson I am a native of Chicago, a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, a former Air Force navigator, and one-time technical writer. Now retired, I have lived in Sacramento since 1966.

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King Birthday, King Tide: No Connection

Jan 16, 2015

Monday, January 19th, is the day Americans commemorate civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. That same day a king tide will wash against the California coast.  A king tide is an especially high tide event that has nothing to do with Dr...

Why Did the Egret Cross the Road?

Jan 9, 2015
Why Did the Egret Cross the Road?

(I wrote this post for another blog, now defunct.  It is re-published here because it relates, in ways no matter how distant, to the Sacramento Valley.)

On a drive into a wildlife refuge, I was stopped by an egret doing road patrol. While waiting for the bird to move on, I pondered this time-honored question:...

"The 2015 Drought – So Far," from the California WaterBlog

Jan 6, 2015

It's a problem of NEW and TMI--not enough water and too much information.  That is, we're still in a drought, and there's a lot of information on it, but it's hard, for me anyway, to keep track of the various pieces and pages of news about our wat...

Rock Art at Watt Avenue, American River

Dec 28, 2014
Rock Art at Watt Avenue, American River

Not far from where I live in Sacramento, Watt Avenue crosses the American River at a busy place.  At river level are fishing access, boat launch, raft takeout, and a bike trail, to name the most obvious offerings.Also there is a gravel bar where a...

Sunrise at the Bass Pond, American River

Dec 23, 2014
Sunrise at the Bass Pond, American River

Although this blog is mainly about the Sacramento River, I actually live closer to another great river, the American.  On that river is a place that old maps call the Bass Pond or the Bass Lagoon, at the east end of Sacramento's Arden Way.  I...


Dec 12, 2014

The concrete block in the center of the photo is a horse dismount stand,
also called a mounting block.  The camera angle does not show the steps on the back of the mounting block.  On either side is a hitching post. The top step is narrow and tricky to stand...

The Faith of Our Neighbors

Dec 5, 2014
The Faith of Our Neighbors

Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife;
And preach Thee, too, as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life.

“Faith of Our Fathers,” Frederick W. Faber

The word xenophobia–“fear of strangers; people who are different”–is not commonly used.  In its place we use racism, bigotry, intolerance.  No matter how...

Good Article about the Delta

Dec 1, 2014

If you have a few minutes to spare, here's a link to a very good article about the delta.  The article covers three topics: one, the impressive size of the Bogle winery operation; two, the delta as flood plain; and, three, problems of the Bay Delt...

Sutter Buttes

Nov 24, 2014
Sutter Buttes

Feral pigs find it easier to go sightseeing in the Sutter Buttes than you or I would.  Several hundred feral pigs roam the buttes, and they know nothing of property

Sutter Buttes, as seen from Interstate 5, on a winter day
lines or trespass.  We humans, however, are bound...

Another Sign of the Times?

Nov 16, 2014
Another Sign of the Times?

Photographed from Pass Road in Sutter County:This particular sign looks homemade, but you can buy a professionally made version on line by searching for the quote.  Some even come complete with bullet holes.***

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