I was promised "disappointing views" from the top of Mt. Diablo, and so it was... it's not a pretty sight from top when it's haze filled. Not to mention when you have hiked up all those miles.
However the wildflowers and verdant hills, rejuvenated from the spring rains offered a lot of encouragement along the trail (Ok, so did the promise of ice-cream at the top). After almost 3 years, whence I had got lost inside the park, I made a final visit..., and I'm glad I did. The greenery and the abundant wild flowers painted a serene portrait of the park, a stark contrast to my summer visit of 2009.
The sky was haze filled already as the day progressed, so I had to use a GND filter to darken the horizon a bit. You can still see the blueish tint, that all of us landscape guys dread. The purple flower bush to the right are lupines. You can see yellow fiddle necks poping their head from the tall grass on to the left and a few poppies obscured by the thicket of grass on the slopes.
We also ran onto a baby rattle snake on the trail towards the end of our 16 mile hike. That would be my third rattle snake in a year that I "almost" stepped on. There's something in those statistics, I hope I get it soon :o ...
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