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Manzanar. Side trip south from Independence to Manaznar. 110,000 Japanese (2/3 American citizens) experienced this forced relocation. Original area was home to American Indians, also displaced. Uprooting families based on race and imprisoning them in a camp is just a bad idea. 

Little Lakes. Quite a hike in the Sierras to see the fall colors. Starting at 10,200 feet elevation, Little Lakes hike provided clear air, water, and perfect reflections in the fall light. 

Little Lakes. Quite a hike in the Sierras to see the fall colors. Starting at 10,200 feet elevation, Little Lakes hike provided clear air, water, and perfect reflections in the fall light. 

Starry Night. Woke at 4AM and decided to take a few star shots. A cool clear September evening, and luckily the moon had already passed by, so nothing but a pitch black dark sky. A vehicle was approaching, so I tried to time the shot to illuminate the foreground. 

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.