Sunday, September 30, 2012

Day 102

Taken Sun. 9/30/12

I've officially passed the 100 day mark! I do feel a little sense of accomplishment, and i'm excited for what the rest of the year brings. Lately, it's been hard for me to not be going, going, going 110% of the time like I usually do...However, without full-time work i've had a chance to do a lot of things I wouldn't be doing otherwise...My job used to be telling other people's stories, but 365 Days of Mt. Diablo has given me a chance to write my own stories.

Hopefully, some time soon, i'll find a way to work myself rich. lol. Until then, i'm enjoying my life and the opportunity to really appreciate the natural riches of this world, like our mountain.

This photography project has also taught me that Mt. Diablo has many different dimensions to it. It's more than just a "mountain". It's a beacon for the East Bay. It has different sides and depth. The sun, and the landscape give the mountain different colors. And in a way, the mountain is just like us. Or rather, we are like the mountain...we come in different shapes and sizes, and we also have different sides. I used to think that what we do for a living defined who we are as a I've realized that it's not our accomplishments that make us who we are. It is something deep inside us, a constant change of character, that makes us who we are...

One person comes to mind that has shown me that it's not our accomplishments that define us...My husband's grandpa is a US Olympic athlete. He won gold for pole vaulting and also set several records. Through the years, he's also been a poet. He writes poetry about everything from family- to love- to growing old.

A while back I asked him to write a poem about the mountain- the end result again reminding me of how complex we can be:


A peak where tree branches reach into the blue sky
Beneath a canopy of secret passages for some to hide
A view of land and water unequaled throughout the land
A space where you can hold God's hand
Occasionally peeking from within the mist and if lucky like a winter's kiss
A blanket of snow on the summit top
A name too inappropriate for such a wondrous sight
Magnificent and picturesque is this mountain with it's Beacon Light

Day 101

Taken Sat. 9/29/12

Day 100

Taken Fri. 9/28/12

Day 99

Taken Thur. 9/27/12

Day 98

Taken Wed. 9/26/12

Day 97

Taken Tue. 9/25/12

Day 96

Taken Mon.9/24/12

Day 95

Taken Sun 9/23/12

After work Saturday night, I drove up to Indian Valley Reservoir to meet up with family. It was a spur of the moment decision to drive up there, but I was happy I did when I woke up at sunrise and got this shot:

 We only stayed up there for the day, so I was able to get a shot of the mountain on our drive home:

Day 94

Taken Fri. 9/21/12

Day 93

Taken Thur. 9/20/12

I absolutely love fall!! Hiked the mountain for these shots!!!

 Hummingbird Fuchsia!! (above)

Day 92

Taken Wed. 9/19/12

Day 91

Taken Tue. 9/18/12

Day 90

Taken Mon. 9/17/12

Monday, September 24, 2012

Day 89

Taken Sun.  9/16/12

Day 88

Taken Thu. 9/13/12

Day 87

Taken Wed. 9/12/12

Day 85

Taken Tue. 9/11/12

Day 84

Taken Mon. 9/10/12

Day 83

Taken Sun. 9/9/12

When i'm not hiking the mountain, my boy, Bambino, usually rides with me to take a picture :-)

Day 82

Taken Sat.9/8/12

Day 81

Taken Fri. 9/7/12

Day 80

Taken Thur. Sep. 6th, 2012

Day 79

Taken Wed. Sep. 5, 2012

Inspired by Tuesday's sunset that I didn't photograph, I had to capture this sunset shot!

Day 78

Taken Tues. Sep. 4, 2012

When I woke up around 7, I saw all the clouds and decided to take a morning shot in case they burned off by the end of the day...The clouds didn't burn off and there was an amazing sunset, but I still love the morning shots I was able to capture off of Bailey Rd.

Day 77

Taken Mon. Sep 3

Day 76

Taken Sun. Sep. 2, 2012

Picture was taken off of Mitchell Canyon in Clayton, CA

Day 75

Taken Sat. Sep. 1, 2012

This was taken in Benicia looking out on the Benicia Bridge. It was pretty difficult to capture a good night shot, this was the final picture I took out of 30 shots!!!

Day 74

Taken Fri, Aug. 31, 2012

Went hiking in Lime Ridge again...saw this guy out sunbathing on the trail:

Just a peak of the mountain this time!

Day 73

Taken Thu. Aug 30, 2012