South Fork of the American River
River Rafters love this river. About two miles downstream from Coloma, California (a popular rafting starting point) on Highway 49, the Dave Moore Nature Area is a beautiful spot to view the river, to hike some trails and see some unique rock formations. On this July morning, just before the rafters started coming down the river, I was enjoying the beauty of the rushing river flowing past a rocky shoreline next to lush green foliage. This spot is one of my favorite displays of the beauty and color of nature. You can see other photos of the Sierra in my California/Sierra Foothills gallery at Outdoorscenics.com.