Visiting the Contra Loma Regional Park

Finally a break in the weather, so I visited the Contra Loma Regional Park. The plan was to walk the Lake View Trail, but that became not an options since the trail was nothing but mud. So I opted for plan B, taking some photos of the westerly foothills from the Ridge Trail, close to the parking lot.

If you look closely, there are cattle in each photo because currently there they are grazing at the East Side of the park. This is not usual as visitors to the East Bay Regional Parks may encounter cattle, sheep or goats grazing on the grasslands. Cattle, sheep, and goat grazing are used as a vegetation management tool to reduce fire fuels and maintain or improve habitat conditions for resident plants and wildlife. Current research indicates that well-managed, moderately grazed areas generally display a greater diversity and density of native plant and animal life.

All photos were taken with my Sony SLT α77 and Sony DT 35mm F/1.8 SAM lens. using Aperture mode, with a setting of f/8, White Balance set to cloudy and ISO to 200. I addition I used 3-shot bracketing with +/- 0.5 EV. No post-process adjustments were made to the photos.