Today I visited Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. I was specially interested to take some photos of the Somerville Townsite, where during the mid 1850s–1900s the homes of this active coal mining community used to be. The Roseville Cemetery, last photo, is a popular place to visit. I plan to go there very soon.
Time to check on the progress of the work on widening Highway 4. It has been a month since the last set of photos taken from the G-Street bridge. There has been a lot of progress, both road surfaces have been completed, all that is needed is to add the concrete center divider-walls before opening all four lanes for each direction from Somersville Road to at least L Street if not A Street.
Today we got some unusual “June” rain preventing me to seeking out another trail to walk on. So instead I tried catching some rain related event, such as water coming out of a rain gutter downspout. These four photos were taken at different shutter speeds to see if I can catch separate water drops. To do so at the faster end I had to bump up the ISO to 16000 ignoring the picture noise for this test.
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The weather changes from yesterday to today are rather extreme for this time of the year. Yesterday we had only blue sky and a high of 105℉ (41℃), today nothing but cloud-cover and a high of 85℉ (30℃). BTW, the photos look almost like they are original B&W pics.
This morning I decided to walk for the first time the Contra Loma Trail in Black Diamond Mines Regional Park. The trail starts at the Frederickson Lane Entrance in Antioch together with the Stewartville Trail, before the two fork about .4 miles later. The trail goes on for about a mile before ending at the North Portal Trail.
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Dianne and I decided to take an early 2.5 mile walk around the Contra Loma Reservoir, encounter some friends along the way. Instead of using my Sony SLT I took my lighter Lumix DMZ-ZS7 camera with me.
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Had dinner at “The Dead Fish” in Crockett" and use the opportunity to take a view pictures around the Carquinez Strait. Photos include the views of the old and new span of the Carquinez Bridge and shoots across the Strait.
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I finally had a chance, to beat this morning’s traffic and the heat, to go at gate opening time to the Somersville Entrance of Black Diamond Mines. The road leading to it goes trough the Markley Canyon providing some good landscape scenes.
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Back at Contra Loma Regional Park to walk up to the LakeView Trail’s Vista Point, 500ft above sea level. Using the shorter path, 0.5 miles to walk up 350ft, last 400ft to walk are the hardest as the increase is 100ft. Going back down was actually harder, even for using longer path, 0.75 mile. These photos were taken from the Vista Point.
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You may have noticed that I lately spend time at the East Bay Regional Park District. It is not just a great way for landscape photography, but also great for healthful recreation, such as walking along the trails. There are a total of 119,000 acres in 65 parks, including over 1,250 miles of trails.
Today I visited the Contra Loma Regional Park, entering from the South side to gain access to the Foothill Trails. These photos were taken along the Lake View Trail, which is about 250 feet above the parking lot.