Friday, May 29, 2009

Had to share...

I was driving home tonight and saw a spectacular sunset. So, I grabbed my camera!

(if you click on the first photo and look at the distant mountains, you can see the fog rolling in over them!)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

My town shootout... water, water everywhere!

This week's theme is water, and even though lovely Dublin is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we have to drive about 30 minutes to see the ocean. So, why not take a stroll around Dublin's creeks and arroyos?

This is Alamo Creek, which has a charming and meandering paved bike path alongside that runs north-south through the entire town. On any given day you'll see Dubliners out with their dogs, or cycling through on their way. You'll also have a good chance to see various fowl, like our state bird the California Quail (easily identified by the little plume atop its head), numerous ducks and loons, as well as the occasional group of our wild turkeys!

Friday, May 22, 2009

My town shootout.... paint the town red!

For this week's shootout, the theme was "red", which is difficult when one lives in a city known for "green"! I had to get a bit experimental this week. And living in the San Francisco Bay Area, how could I NOT include the world's most famous RED landmark?!

San Francisco is about 45 minutes West of Dublin, easily traveled by car or our mass transit rail system, BART.

And now for the pictures... they speak for themselves.

If you look below the bridge there...'ll see Fort Point.

Some black and white...

A panorama shot... the Lincoln Park Golf Course (owned by the city of SF) is the proud owner of this view.

Now you know what Tony Bennett was singing about!

Friday, May 15, 2009

"My Town" shootout... getting around!

This week's theme was getting around town without a car. We have a fantastic train/subway system, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (AKA BART), that has one line that originates in in town and can whisk you away all over the Bay Area. Matter of fact, if I ever venture over to San Francisco, BART is the preferred method of travel!

Here in Dublin, we're fortunate to be part of the Iron Horse Trail (click on the link for info and a map), a 25 mile trail spanning 12 cities in two counties. This trail follows the bed of the Southern Pacific Railroad, which was first run through the area in 1891; it was abandoned and torn down in 1977. The trail meanders through neighborhoods and passes schools, golf courses, and the like. On any given day you'll see walkers, bicyclists, even horseback riders!

It crosses many main thoroughfares, and there are signals at each (see the shadow?). If you were to take this leg, you'd end up at the Dublin library!

Imagine the wonderful sunsets this house sees on a daily basis...

Mile markers for each direction.... mile 1.5 heading north, mile 22.75 heading south!

All that's left of the railroad path...

On such a warm day, one of our local wild turkeys was taking refuge in the shade!

Here's the bed, and on the left you see the trail.

If you ever visit our wonderful town, take a hike on the Iron Horse!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Long time, no post....

I'm a school music teacher, and it's a busy time of year, so picture taking time has been scarce! But, as I was leaving my parents' house last night, this gorgeous full moon was hanging just above the horizon. What's really a shame is that the craters stood out in wonderful contrast, but I couldn't get them to show up in the photo. Drat!

(be sure to click for full size!)