Monthly Archives: April 2015

CA HWY #4 Construction Update – Project 365

Time to do my monthly check up on the construction on CA State Highway 4. The work on both overpasses, A Street to the East and L Street to the West, is slowing progressing. That work was started rather late and is the reason for the bottlenecks, causing delays in the rush hour. I used my old trusted Minolta Maxxum AF 75–300mm lens. BTW, the third photo was taken from the western side of the bridge towards the East with the safety wire mesh in the foreground. Continue reading »

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640 West 2nd Street – Project 365

Here is another building downtown Antioch on West 2nd Street that I like. When we first moved here in 1990, this was a Hobby Store, as in Model Trains, airplanes and ships. It closed a few years later thanks to Toys R Us. Other businesses moved in, but now it is empty. I like the view from Waldie Plaza and the building’s front with the large windows. Sadly I could not find any historic data on this building. Continue reading »

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County Fire House, Concord – Project 365

Another Tuesday, another day in Concord to find another historic building. Just as I was about to walk away, a siren sounded and out came the Fire-Rescue Unit, check out the last photo. Continue reading »

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More Flowers Blooming – Project 365

These photos were taken in our backyard. The first set of four are our white violets, not sure of the exact correct name. The second set is of our Jasmine Vine, which for the last 20 years has provided us with joy during this time of the year. Continue reading »

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Overlooking Antioch – Project 365

These four pictures where taken from a hill above Hillcrest Avenue and Shelbourne Way. It provides a great view into all directions. The first of of Mount Diablo, the second is towards Pittsburg, the third towards the waterfront, you can see the Antioch Bridge in the back, and last but not least the eastern view along Hillcrest Avenue. Continue reading »

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714 West 2nd Street – Project 365

There is no historic data on this building downtown Antioch, however it is one of the better looking old buildings, having some very interesting and well preserved decorative architectural features. I wish I knew the exact terms for those features, I just love the type of crown molding millwork and that top centerpiece. Continue reading »

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Lilies (Lilium) – Project 365

Our Lilium (members of which are true lilies) have decided to bloom as well. Like yesterday I used the Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1 lens. I selected a wide open aperture, F/2.8, to blur the background. BTW, Lilies are a group of flowering plants which are important in culture and literature in much of the world. Most species are native to the temperate northern hemisphere, though their range extends into the northern subtropics. Enjoy! Continue reading »

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Foxgloves (Digitalis) – Project 365

Today I decided to take some closeups of our blooming foxgloves (Digitalis) before they are done. TO do so I switched to the Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1 lens. I selected a wide open aperture, F/2.8, to blur the background. BTW, the scientific name means “finger-like” and refers to the ease with which a flower of Digitalis purpurea can be fitted over a human fingertip. Enjoy! Continue reading »

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Barnett House, Concord CA – Project 365

It’s Tuesday, back in Concord for lunch with some colleges from my Premenos days. This, the Barnett House is located at the Southeast corner of East and Pacheco Streets at 2080 East Street. The house was built by David Levinson and gets its name from subsequent owners George and Florence Barnett. For many years it served prominent families as a private residence. It is currently used for commercial purposes and under some renovations. Continue reading »

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McKellips House, Antioch CA – Project 365

Built in 1882 as the home of Stephen McKellips, locomotive engineer in charge of the rolling stock for the Empire Railroad. There is not much information available about the house, other then the outside is in in excellent condition.

Stephen McKellips fired up the “Empire” September 22, 1877, a 15-ton Baldwin Engine, the first engine to turn a wheel in Antioch.

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