Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


A Closer Look

At the top of Mt. Diablo they have those pay-per-view telescopes so you can view things a bit closer.  It was a bit hazy that day, so I didn’t try it out.

I think the best time to go is in the winter when the skies are clear and you can see the Sierras.  My next mission regarding this mountain is to go up at sunrise to catch the light over the valley and then to catch the sunset.  Unfortunately you can only get up so far since they don’t open the gate until sunrise but I scouted a few places I could go in front of the gate.  The only other way is to camp there….and that’s not happening anytime soon!  lol

Mt. Diablo Telescope


Walk Along the Summit

So the other day I posted an image from the Summit of Mt. Diablo and I received a few comments of surprise (not surprisingly, lol).  It wasn’t the atypical summit photo one might expect and I did build up some expectation of a beautiful vista.  The day we were out was a bit hazy, not good for those stunning, clear views of the sierras, but I did manage to take a few shots that might be more in keeping what people would expect from being on top of a mountain.

By the way, I do want to thank you for the positive comments I got on that previous summit photo.  The response was really great.  I enjoyed doing something different.  🙂


Mt. Diablo Summit

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.