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Downieville Forks (1997)

“The Forks” at the confluence of the Yuba and Downie rivers in Downieville, California. The Scottish-born “Major” William Downie camped here in 1849 while prospecting for gold. He apparently met with enough success to give his name to both the river and to the town that subsequently grew from his camp.

It was not Saint Patrick’s Day when I took this picture; and as far as I know the Yuba River is not polluted with antifreeze. The vivid green is the river’s natural color, enhanced only with a polarizing filter on the camera lens.


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