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King of the County BBQ Contest. Annual festival in Martinez, a summer tradition. Some serious BBQ pit masters at this event. These 2 gents built their own smoker. The smell of cherry wood filled the air as they showed me their prized ribs. 

Strange landscapes along the bay. You don’t have to travel to Mono Lake to see weird scenes from another world. Along the SF Bay trail from Don Edwards to Alviso, there’s unique views, especially early morning when the tide is low and textures exposed. Best explored on a bike to cover more ground. 

Easter sunday at Glacier Point, relaxing in the balmy weather (before last evenings rain which meant 12” of snow, and now the road is now closed). The view was pure drama, one of a kind, Yosemite.

Easter sunday at Glacier Point, relaxing in the balmy weather (before last evenings rain which meant 12” of snow, and now the road is now closed). The view was pure drama, one of a kind, Yosemite.

Color of Peace. Giant Peace sculpture at the Oakland Museum, sitting on top of the scenic patio, overlooking Lake Merritt. An intense blue sky that day, and with yellow, a Pete Turner-like photo op. 

Color of Peace. Giant Peace sculpture at the Oakland Museum, sitting on top of the scenic patio, overlooking Lake Merritt. An intense blue sky that day, and with yellow, a Pete Turner-like photo op. 

Scary Trees. My annual fall color road trip to the East Sierra’s brought the unexpected. First, the government shutdown meant 120 Tioga Pass through Yosemite was empty, and driving without any traffic at all on this pass was erie. Second, the Rim Fire added a burning smell soon after Groveland, and huge areas of earth lay scorched, some patches still smoldering. Without any traffic, I parked on the side of the road and wandered in silence through a burnt forest. This must have been a fiery hell.

First morning of Autumn. And the new Bay Bridge glows and reflects on the bay. The crisp clear air before daybreak is invigorating. As I shot this 3 minute exposure, a skunk wanders by on the rocks near waters edge. More at http://www.flickr.com/photos/99501200@N03/sets/72157635651628304/

First morning of Autumn. And the new Bay Bridge glows and reflects on the bay. The crisp clear air before daybreak is invigorating. As I shot this 3 minute exposure, a skunk wanders by on the rocks near waters edge. More at http://www.flickr.com/photos/99501200@N03/sets/72157635651628304/

The Los Vaqueros Watershed. And what vibrant colors during high-noon. This is a reservoir for water storage for drought or emergencies (for about a half million people), and an area of protected open spaces and recreation. Only a handful of fishermen and women were on the south east shore, and hiking north it was erie, even in broad daylight. The rattlesnake and mountain lion warning signs didn’t help, and that caused me to take it slow with my Keene sandals thru the brush to get some shoreline photos. On the north side entrance from Brentwood is the dam, but uninspiring. On the south entrance just north of Livermore, there are isolated, beautiful compositions of single, decomposing trees, textures, color and contrast. The marina btw, is immaculate, with BBQ stations and beautiful drought-tolerant landscaping. A nice unexpected find. I just wished the marina store had some ice cold beer!    
 

The Los Vaqueros Watershed. And what vibrant colors during high-noon. This is a reservoir for water storage for drought or emergencies (for about a half million people), and an area of protected open spaces and recreation. Only a handful of fishermen and women were on the south east shore, and hiking north it was erie, even in broad daylight. The rattlesnake and mountain lion warning signs didn’t help, and that caused me to take it slow with my Keene sandals thru the brush to get some shoreline photos. On the north side entrance from Brentwood is the dam, but uninspiring. On the south entrance just north of Livermore, there are isolated, beautiful compositions of single, decomposing trees, textures, color and contrast. The marina btw, is immaculate, with BBQ stations and beautiful drought-tolerant landscaping. A nice unexpected find. I just wished the marina store had some ice cold beer!