We have been waiting for it, is this it? The sky is turning dark with clouds. Is this a sign of rain (finally) to come? The forecast is for 40% of rain tonight!
Because of my trip to the High Desert for the long weekend I just now got the photos uploaded to Flickr. Instead of creating a number of six separate entries I created this single posting with slideshows for each of the six days. The photos are also part of the September Album page. Enjoy!
Had to drop of my car for an oil change to get ready to go South for the Labour Day Weekend. So I spend some time along the nearby Delta de Anza Trail. After walking for about 1/2 mile, my way was blocked by some work crew and their equipment on the trail, not allowing anyone to pass by. Some walkers were not happy to have to turn back since there was no warning at the start of the trail that a portion was closed. Since I had to walk back anyways to pickup my car, I decided to take a few photos before doing so of the work crew trying to clean the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) Water Canal that runs parallel to the trail.
Each year, Waldie Plaza, located in Downtown Antioch, is the place to be each Saturday evening in July and August. Here we relax under the evening sky while listening to music from local bands ranging from blues, latin and jazz to country and the oldies. The best, it was free!
First things first. It has been a bit over two months since my last posting. Due to some real work I had to do and some issues with the NextGEN Gallery Plug-in, I did not post my daily photos that I did take on my site. More on the NextGEN Gallery Plug-in problem in another posting in the coming days.
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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