Thursday, December 24, 2009

Skywatch Friday

Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
November 28, 2009
I thought it was about time that I actually post some pictures from an actual hike on Hikepix...
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving we went to Tilden Park on a family outing. It was a glorious, windy day. The skies were deep blue, not a cloud in the sky. The views were crystal clear. We visited the "Little Farm", went on a hike up to the top of Wildcat Peak, and took a ride on the steam train. It was a wonderful, relaxing, enjoyable day!

Young skywatcher at work on Wildcat peak.

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A view from the "Pine Tree Trail".
Wildcat Peak (1'211 feet), our goal for this hike.

"Pine Tree Trail"

The view looking NNW towards San Pablo Bay.

San Pablo Reservoir

Looking East to Mt. Diablo and Las Trampas Ridge in the distance.

The Golden Gate.

The tall eucalyptus trees were swaying in the wind.

Fall leaves near Wildcat Creek in the bottom of the valley.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Skywatch Friday Fall

The last leaves of Fall in San Ramon
Waiting for another good storm to bare the branches!

A Third Grader's artwork on a frosty Fall morning....

There's snow in the hills!
Looking down I-680 towards the Ohlone Wilderness and Sunol Regional Park.. Rose Peak is on the left edge of the photo.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Skywatch Friday

December 7, 2009. Mt. Diablo seen from San Ramon, CA.

Snow in San Ramon!
Well, OK, snow in the hills around San Ramon.
Still, for us here in California this is COLD weather!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Skywatch Friday, dark skies

Last Friday we finally had a little weather in San Ramon. The skies got darker and darker and then we had a little rain. A welcome change from the routine, cloudless blue skies of Autumn...

Above: Friday
Below: Saturday
Cold and windy! Cloudless skies...

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Skywatch Friday

Last week we had a little rain in the Bay Area. We were treated to a faint rainbow at SFO as the morning departures taxied out to the runways for departure.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Skywatch Friday

November in the hills of Windemere, San Ramon, CA.
A Redtail Hawk surveys his territory from an Oak tree on a steep hillside.

Looking down on Windemere from a hilltop.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Skywatch Friday

Skywatch Friday
San Francisco and the Golden Gate at sunset....

The Golden Gate.
You can just see Farallon Island on the horizon, 26 NM outside the Golden Gate.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Forest Home Farms

I recently had the pleasure of chaperoning my son's 3rd grade class on a field trip to our local historical farm, Forest Home Farms. The children were very interested in what the docents had to say, so I was able to take a few photos.
The view from the farmhouse looks across San Ramon Valley Blvd. and is limited by Interstate 680. In the good old days the view extended all the way across the valley to the

The farm had a walnut processing plant.
There are lots of wonderful historical items on display.

The old barn was originally built before the Civil War.

The David Glass house is right next to the farm. This 1877 mansion was moved here from it's original location nearby. I would love to find out where that was...
The restoration of the exterior was completed this summer.
A Rainy day at the David Glass House.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Skywatch Friday


A pelican patrol off the Mendocino coast. August 2008.

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