Saturday, October 26, 2019

Hazel Atlas Portal (Part 1) - Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve - Antioch, CA

On March 30th, 2019, I took a trip to Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch, CA. The photos I took there are split into 2 blog posts. I hope you enjoy the photos.

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In this blog post, I have part 1 of my photos from Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch, CA. I have photos from Somersville Staging Area, Nortonville Road, and Hazel Atlas Portal.

Message From The Photographer: If you've been following me on social media, you'd know I've been dealing with vision impairment and gradual vision loss since August 2018. The conditions are neurological, so my vision isn't impaired the same amount on a daily basis, but overall it seems to be going down hill. It has slowed down and made taking photos, processing photos, using computers, etc... very challenging and somewhat depressing. Some days it is impossible for me to take photos or process them. I know these photos are from a very long time ago, but I'm only just starting to get around in processing them as I'm only able to work on them at a very slow pace. I hope you can understand, and I hope you enjoy these photos.

Scenery with Rose Hill Cemetery (top left) shot at Somersville Staging Area.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 57' 31" N 121° 51' 48" W

Scenery of windmills in Solano County, CA shot from Somersville Staging Area.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 57' 34" N 121° 51' 48" W

Scenery of Rose Hill Cemetery shot from Nortonville Road.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 57' 21" N 121° 51' 54" W

Tunnel for one of the mines near Greathouse Visitor Center.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 57' 17" N 121° 51' 56" W


Scenery of Antioch, CA, delta, and windmills in Solano County, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 57' 17" N 121° 51' 57" W

I arrive at Hazel Atlas Portal where the Hazel Atlas Mine is. This mine supplied sand used for glass making in the 1920s through the 1949s.
This is rail tracks for transporting sand from the mine.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 57' 16" N 121° 51' 49" W

Black and white process of the photo above.


Rail tracks for transporting sand from the mine. Photo from Hazel Atlas Portal.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 57' 15" N 121° 51' 49" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

Rail tracks for transporting sand from the mine. Photo from Hazel Atlas Portal. Photo shot near the same spot as above.

Black and white process of the photo above.


Entrance to the Hazel Atlas Mine at Hazel Atlas Portal. Photos shot near the same spot as above. 

The inside of Hazel Atlas Mine shot near the entrance to the mine at Hazel Atlas Portal. Photo shot near the same spot as above.

Black and white process of the photo above.

The entrance to Hazel Atlas Mine and rail tracks for transporting sand from the mine. Photo shot at Hazel Atlas Portal.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 57' 16" N 121° 51' 50" W

This is all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed the photos! Next time I have photos from Nortonville Road and Rose Hill Cemetery. Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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