Monday, June 16, 2014

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park (Part 3) - Sunol, CA

Another hiking trail pretty close to my house is Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park which is somehow not in Pleasanton, CA but in the bordering town of Sunol, CA. Unlike Augustin Bernal Park, this park is less shady but the scenery is even more wonderful and the trail is less steep. I recently sprained my foot a bit while hiking Augustin Bernal Park so after several days to let it heal up a bit, I decided I'd work back into hiking with a slightly less steep trail at Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. After going there, I fell in love. While a bit more sunny, this park is a lot bigger and has much more scenic views as it is further in the wilderness here in the valley. I hope you enjoy this series of photos. This series will have photos from several days, not just one day.

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The photos for today are from 6/1 and 6/7.

Photos of the trees on the mountain. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 05 N 121 53 12 W  

 Photos of the milk thistle (Silybum marianum). A lot of these grows on these mountains. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 12 N 121 53 16 W  

 Those trees looks planted. The are in a very neat order. Wonder who would come up and plant such trees! It was a very long hike up there. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 50 N 121 53 25 W


 As I was heading back down the mountain, this tiny pile of dust suddenly spiraled into the air as a breeze of air blew by. Two hikers was about to pass me, but the stopped, and I managed to shoot off a photo of it. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 52 N 121 53 27 W

Black and white process of the photo above.  

 More photos of the mountain. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 48 N 121 53 27 W

 Black and white process of the photo above.  


Took another photo of the field of trees further down the mountain. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 48 N 121 53 27 W

The scenery from the mountain. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 44 N 121 53 29 W 

 Black and white process of the photo above. This was the last photo from 6/1.  

 On 6/7, I decided to go for a sunset hike and get some sunset shots. On this photo, the sun is already beginning to get low in the sky. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 05 N 121 53 12 W 


Trees on the mountain during sunset. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 10 N 121 53 11 W 

Sun starting to set. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 10 N 121 53 11 W  

Another sunset photo. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 12 N 121 53 16 W  

 I thought the an upward facing shot of the tree would make a nice abstract shot. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 03 N 121 53 20 W 


Spotted some cows grazing. Decided to line them up for a sunset photo. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 56 N 121 53 21 W  

More photos of the cows during sunset. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 55 N 121 53 22 W 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with more photos from this park. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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