The other day we took a drive to the summit of Mt. Diablo. You can drive up both sides of the mountain (depending on what entrance you choose) to the summit which is at 3,864 feet. On a clear day you can see the California sierras which are approximately 180 miles east (complete with snow) and the Farallon Islands to the west which lie approximately 30 miles outside of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
It was a beautiful day and I fully expected to be taking pics of the beautiful green hills and rare wildflowers that have been popping up due to a burn that happened in September 2013. Alas, one needs to really take a guided tour to find these special wildflowers and since we did this spur of the moment, we didn’t have the opportunity to find these special flowers. It didn’t stop us from enjoying the beautiful scenery though!
Of all my shots of the scenery, this one was my favorite. Go figure. This shot was taken at the Summit. I really don’t know what this door leads to but I can only assume it’s for workers at Mt. Diablo since there were no signs for park visitors. I loved that it sat there all by itself, a mystery as to what it leads to. It was three bracketed photos processed in Photomatix Pro 5 and Photoshop CC.
Thank you to my friend Wisti for suggesting I go up there in search of wild flowers. I will go back for sure and I do have a few other pics I’ll post later.