Lately you’ve probably noticed I’ve posted a series of sunset shots from the Fairmont Ridge. As glorious as this place is with its sweeping vistas and beautiful hills, there is something quite emotionally stirring at the top of the ridge called the “Children’s Memorial Grove”. Each year, Alameda County and the East Bay Regional Park District hold a ceremony at which they read the names of the children who have died from violence in the previous year, and plant an oak tree in memory of each.
It’s a very surreal feeling to stand atop the ridge overlooking such beautiful scenery and to see this memorial with all the names of children who never even got a chance in life. I cannot imagine the grief of the children’s parents and realizing that our society has so much violence in it that we could take young, innocent lives is heart-wrenching.
The image below shows one of my camera club members sitting at the memorial overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
You can read more about this memorial here if you like. And if you’d like to purchase this image, please click here.
I went up to Fairmont Ridge with my camera club a few days ago and the sunset was just stunning! For this post, I’m including two photos. Please click on the blog to see both images. Thank you!
Picture 1: Lake Chabot – Looking east from Fairmont Ridge at Lake Chabot (named after Anthony Chabot…detail below) which is a reservoir serving the East Bay in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can see Mt. Diablo in the distance which is the Bay Area’s tallest peak at 3,848 feet.
Picture 2: Sunset over the SF Bay – Looking west from Fairmont Ridge over the SF Bay.
If you haven’t heard of Anthony Chabot, he was quite the forward thinker, and there are many places in the East Bay named after him. If you like you can read more about him here in this Wiki.
Yesterday I went with my camera club up to a ridge line in the east bay hills for a sunset. I have never been to this particular location, and I was really excited to find a new place for sunset photos. Here I’m including two images…the first was looking east at the pink sky toward Mt. Diablo and the other was looking through to the west at the orange sky. I took some liberties here with processing them. I can’t help myself!