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I go, I see, I do, I walk, I think, I like…

My Photography

It occurred to me after I moved this blog to the new URL that some new readers might arrive here without the context that some who followed the old version of the blog might have. One big chunk of that context is my photography – the thing that often takes me to the places I write about here.

While I did travel to Yosemite last weekend largely to see and experience the transition from winter to spring in the Sierra, making photographs is a very important part of such trips. I don’t post them all here, but I do post a new photograph every day at my photography blog: G Dan Mitchell Photography.

Additional photographs from opening day along Tioga Pass Road are already posted there, with more to come from TP Road and Yosemite Valley.

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June 9, 2010 Posted by | Commentary, News, Photography, Site News | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Over Tioga Pass on Opening Day

When I heard that a) the Merced River was about to reach its peak flow and b) Tioga Pass Road was scheduled to open on June 5 I quickly put together a one-day quick trip to Yosemite last weekend. This is a bit of a tradition for me – to get up there for at least a quick look at the spring waterfalls and to try to get over the pass as soon as possible after it opens.

For a one-day up-and-back trip (amounting to a bit more than 20 hours on the road, all told) I have to start early. So, long before dawn I was up and in the car and on the road in the dark. The sun comes up – duh! – a lot earlier this time of year, so it was getting light by the time I stopped in Oakdale for a quick on-the-run Starbucks breakfast and got right back on the road. In order to arrive in the Valley by sunrise I would have had to be driving by 2:00 a.m., and that didn’t happen, but I did arrive relatively early and before the really big crowds were out and about. I spent a few minutes at my favorite first view on El Cap and Half Dome along the road just past the turnoff to Foresta and then headed down into the Valley to make my traditional first stop for a thorough drenching under Bridalveil Fall.

I spent a bit more time in the Valley before realizing that the crowds were growing way beyond my comfort level. I don’t blame folks for flocking to the Valley for a scene like this: all of the waterfall in full flow, the sound of falling water everywhere, seasonal falls that aren’t usually seen, new green growth everywhere, flooded meadows, and a warm and clear spring day. But since I can come back on less crowded days, I decided that the drive over Tuolumne would be at least as special and much less crowded.

As I started up 120 I soon saw significant amounts of snow, and by the time the road rose to 8000′ of so the snowpack was pretty continuous. The higher peaks appeared to be in full winter mode still, and I was surprised to see lakes like little Siesta Lake completely frozen over. I’ve been over Tioga before soon after the road opened, but the amount of snow remaining from the cold and wet May and the generally wet winter was quite impressive. Tuolumne Meadows itself was completely covered with snow, excepting the large areas flooded by the surging Tuolumne River. (The entire meadow area just upstream from the bridge by the campground entrance was completely flooded and there were only a few inches between the rushing water and the underside of the bridge.

I continued on up to the pass with a goal of grabbing an early dinner at the Whoa Nelly Deli in Lee Vining. At the pass there were still several feet of snow with plow cuts being five to six feet tall in places. Tioga and Ellery Lakes were almost completely frozen over, and quite a few people were still going back-country skiing in the area. After stopping for dinner in Lee Vining (and grabbing a quick espresso at Latte Da) I headed back up the pass to shoot late afternoon and evening light before heading home.

Ice and Snow on Tioga Pass and Tioga Lake

Ice and Snow on Tioga Pass and Tioga Lake

I made this photograph at Tioga Lake as afternoon shadows from clouds and nearby peaks stretched across the frozen lake surface with Tioga Pass and Kuna Crest looming beyond. (Photograph © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.)

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Sierra Nevada, Trips, Yosemite | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Backpacking Photography Gear

Since the season is upon us, it seems like a good time to post the link to my article on equipment for backpacking photography – at least for the kind of photography I do while on the trail.

I discuss some specific equipment that I use along with some general ideas about equipment and techniques. The post includes information on cameras, lenses, accessories, how to carry the stuff, and compromises you might or might not want to make on the trail.

June 14, 2009 Posted by | Commentary | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Over at my photography site – another epic two-day sierra shoot

I spent the weekend shuttling around areas ranging from Yosemite Valley to Mono Lake to Mariposa grove. The story is posted at my photography web site.

June 8, 2009 Posted by | Commentary | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spring in Death Valley

I spent about four days in the Death Valley National Park area last week, doing photography in familiar and new places. This has become something of a spring break tradition over the past few years. (Photography from the trip has started appearing at my photography web site and will continue to do so for the next week or so.)

On the final day of this trip I was more or less run out of the park by a huge dust storm. I’ve experienced several of these in the past, but this one pretty much takes the cake. Due to a lucky turn of events in the morning I was able to exit the park faster than I might have otherwise.

I woke up at 5:00 a.m. so that I could head to my planned photography location well before dawn. My plan was to shoot until mid-morning and then swing back through the campground at Stovepipe Wells to strike camp before heading out of the park later in the day. But because I got up quickly I found myself with a few extra minutes, and I changed plans and struck my camp in the dark before heading off for photography. I was very glad about this a few hours later!

Before dawn I arrived at the iconic Zabriskie Point. I hadn’t necessarily planned to shoot there, but I thought there might be some interesting clouds on this morning, and that can make for something very special at Zabriskie. Turned out that the clouds did not materialize, but despite this development and the tremendously windy conditions I managed to spend a productive couple of hours shooting. As I finished up I noticed that a few scattered clouds were developing over the ridges to the west, east, and north – but this was more or less in the forecast.

As I drove back up the Valley toward Stovepipe Wells the clouds began to get a bit thicker… and I noticed a very ominous haze around the summit of Tucki Mountain above Stovepipe Wells, a haze that I recognize as the warning sign of a dust storm. (I’ve experienced two in the past, so I have at least a bit of experience with them.) As I continued on up the Valley it became apparent that there was a huge, thick, dark cloud of nasty looking dust all the way across the Valley before Stovepipe, and just before the road turned left to head west across the Valley I drove into it.

It immediately became twilight dark, strong winds buffeted the car forcing me to slow to 45 mph or so, and the sand was streaming across the roadway. Visibility became quite bad as I passed the Mesquite Dunes area and at Stovepipe Wells it was dark and no one appeared to be outside. I was very glad that I had packed up earlier – it would have been a real mess trying to strike my tent and pack the car in this meteorological awfulness!

The photo below shows the beginnings of the dust storm across the Valley near Tucki Mountain, with one final glimpse of blue sky showing through.

Dust Storm, Death Valley

April 5, 2009 Posted by | Commentary | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Basin Quick Hike Today

This afternoon I headed over to Big Basin for a few hours of hiking and photography. (This evening it occurred to me that I’m, well, lucky to be able to drive a bit more than an hour and hike among coastal redwoods.) I arrived at the park in the early afternoon to find that a) it was quite crowded, and b) it was quite cold. Although the rest of the Bay Area is experiencing unusual (and record) warmth, in the bottom of the “basin” it was cold enough that gloves and a hat were called for.

I parked and headed up the trail through the “creeping forest,” where I stopped a few times to photograph various sights in the forest. After hiking in the outbound direction for about an hour and a half, I reversed course and headed back to the trailhead and then home.

January 17, 2009 Posted by | Commentary, Places, Trails | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Young Lakes Information

I just replied to an email from future European visitor to Yosemite who wanted to know a bit about visiting the Young Lakes region in the Yosemite National Park high country, and I thought it might be useful to share the message with others who may want to go there. Here is the text, slightly modified: Continue reading

July 30, 2008 Posted by | Trails | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Brand New State Park…

… to me anyway. This morning I visited Pacheco State Park at the summit of Pacheco Pass between Los Banos and Gilroy. I’ve driven past here for years on my way to/from the Sierra, Death Valley, Los Angeles, but only turned off the road here briefly once a few years ago. This past week I read a post about wildflowers at this park, and I decided to check it out.

I was on the road early enough this morning that I arrived at the park before the sun was up – so I decided to first take a quick trip down to the shoreline of San Luis Reservoir to check out a photo I’ve had in mind. Didn’t work, so I headed back up to the pass and turned off to the park. A short distance up the road from Hiway 152 I took the turn-off onto the short dirt road to the parking lot at the start of the trail to Spikes Peak and many other places. There was only one other car there when I arrived!. This trailhead is – at this time of year – in a beautiful green meadow area with wildflowers just coming up.

Because I was carrying my camera equipment my hike was rather slow since I needed to stop frequently to unload and set up my tripod and camera and various lenses. Before I topped the small saddle at the far end of the meadow I had already stopped two or three times to photograph oak trees catching the first morning light.


Two Oak Trees, Morning. Pacheco State Park, California. March 16, 2008. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Although the hills and grasslands of central California have been starting to turn green for a few weeks now, the impossibly green season is now underway, with grasses coming up like crazy along with all sorts of other vegetation and many wildflowers. I stopped frequently to check out loads of flowers, though it wasn’t easy to photograph them due to extreme winds.

Eventually I wound my way up onto a high ridge along the crest of this portion of the Diablo Range, with extensive views in all directions. To the south there was a bit of snow on somewhat higher peaks; to the west I could see a few clouds forming under the marine air influence; to the north the burned areas of Coe Park were visible with Mt. Hamilton beyond. But the real treat was to the east – green, folded, oak covered ridges in front of me, the San Luis Reservoir beyond them, and then across the wide Central Valley almost the whole Sierra Nevada range was visible on the horizon.


From Pacheco to the Sierra. Pacheco State Park, California. March 16, 2008. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

I continued on along the ridge – in astonishingly strong winds – until I finally reached the “summit” of Spikes Peak. It is the tallest spot on this ridge, and it affords quite a view – but there were higher peaks in several directions. After a quick jaunt back along the ridge and then down to the parking lot the way I had come, I was back at my car by noon.

March 16, 2008 Posted by | Places, Trails | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Almaden Quicksilver County Park Photographs

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***About this page

You might wonder “why so many pictures of this park?” It is the closest decent hiking location to my home, so I go there frequently – often once a week. Although this park overlooks Silicon Valley (and even San Francisco on a clear day) and some trails are almost literally in the backyards of expensive Almaden Valley homes, there is a lot of great hiking here. (More info at http://www.parkhere.org/ and at Ron Horii’s Almaden Quicksilver web site.)

All text and photographs are © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. Neither text nor photographs may be used in any form without explicit advance permission from G Dan Mitchell.

(Note: This now qualifies as a rather old page, but I’m keeping it around for the archives.)

***Photos of buildings at Almaden Quicksilver
– There is no escaping the fact that this was a mining site for many years (hence “Almaden Quicksilver County Park”), and I find the ruins historically and aesthetically interesting. A separate page (Almaden Quicksilver County Park Structures Photographs) contains photographs of these subjects.

Note: Additional photographs from this park are found here.

SpanishCampTreeSnag2007|04|15: New and Old Trees, Spanish Camp. Almaden Quicksilver Park, California. April 15, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales") keywords: new trees old tree trunk spring leavers spanish camp almaden quicksilver county park santa clara black and white photograph

New and Old Trees, Spanish Camp. Almaden Quicksilver Park, California. April 15, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

SpanishTownTrees2007|04|15: Trees, Spanish Town. Almaden Quicksilver Park, California. April 15, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales") keywords: trees spanish town new growth grass rocks new almaden quicksilver county park santa clara california color photograph

Trees, Spanish Town. Almaden Quicksilver Park, California. April 15, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

WebbGroveBW1007|03|17: Oak Grassland Near Webb Canyon. Almaden Hills, California. March 17, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: oak grassland webb canyon almaden quicksilver santa clara county park black and white photograph california spring

Oak Grassland Near Webb Canyon. Almaden Hills, California. March 17, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

WebbGroveHikers2007|03|17: Two Hikers, Oak Grove Near Webb Canyon. Almaden Quicksilver Park, California. March 17, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: two hikers oak grove near webb canyon almaden quicksilver county park grass trees spring central california color photograph

Two Hikers, Oak Grove Near Webb Canyon. Almaden Quicksilver Park, California. March 17, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

SCValleyBW2007|02|16: Santa Clara Valley Hills. Almaden Valley, California. February 16, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: santa clara valley hills oak trees fog grass sky almaden valley hills quicksiver park county california black and white photograph

Santa Clara Valley Hills. Almaden Valley, California. February 16, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

AlmadenHiker2007|02|16: Winter Hiker. Almaden Hills, California. February 16, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: winter hiker oak trees grass blue sky almaden hills quicksiver park santa clara county california color photograph

Winter Hiker. Almaden Hills, California. February 16, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

AlmadenFogOak2007|02|16: Oak Emerging from Fog. Almaden Hills, California. February 16, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: oak tree emerging from morning fog almaden hills quicksiver park santa clara county grass california color photograph

Oak Emerging from Fog. Almaden Hills, California. February 16, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

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Poison Oak Leaves. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 14, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

QuicksilverLeaves2006|10|14: Autumn Leaves. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 14, 2006. &copy: "Copyright G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: fall autumn leaves golden brown yellow almaden quicksilver county park san jose santa clara county california color photograph

Autumn Leaves. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 14, 2006. &copy: Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

AlmadenRocksTreesGrass2006|03|18: Rocks, Trees, Grass. Almaden Quicksivler. March 18, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Rocks, Trees, and Grass. Almaden Quicksilver Park. March 18, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

HamiltonSnow2006|01|18: Mt. Hamilton View. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 18, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Diablo Range Snow and Clouds. Almaden Quicksilver. February 18, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

OakArches2005|12|23: Arching Oaks. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 13, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Oak Arches. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 23, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

LastFallLeaves2005|12|23: Last Fall Colors. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 23, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Late Season Fall Color. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 23, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

SolsticeStormTree2005|12|21: Tree and Rain. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 21, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Tree and Rain. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 21, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

SolsticeTrees2005|12|21: Solstice Trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 21, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Solstice Trees. Almaden Quicksilver. December 21, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Prospect3Trail2005|02|26: Prospect 3 Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 26, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Prospect #3 Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 26, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

OakGroveFog2005|10|22: Oak Grove and Fog. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 22, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Oak Grove and Fog. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 22, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

MoonriseNearSenador2005|10|16: Moonrise Near Senador Mine. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 16, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Moonrise Near the Senador Mine. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 16, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

MtHamiltonFog2005|10|01: Mt. Hamilton and Santa Clara Valley Fog. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 1, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Mt. Hamilton and Santa Clara Valley Fog. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 1, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

QuicksilverLeaves2005|09|02: September Leaves. Quicksilver Park. September 2, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell
Leaves Turning Colors. Quicksilver Park. September 2, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

AlmadenQSSunsetBW2005|07|21: Sunset. Almaden Quicksilver Park. July 21, 2005. &copy Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Sunset. Almaden Quicksilver Park. July 21, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

CatherineMineSCVAlley2005|07|19: Santa Clara Valley from Catherine Mine. Almaden Quicksilver Park. July 19, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
South Santa Clara Valley from Catherine Mine. Almaden Quicksilver Park. July 19, 2005. © Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

Morning Light. Almaden Quicksilver Park. May 7, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
MorningLight2005|05|07: Morning light. Almaden Quicksilver Park. May 7, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Almaden Quicksilver Hillside. April 2, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
HamHill2005|04|02: Almaden Quicksilver Hillside. April 2, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Spring Flowers. Almaden Quicksilver Park. March 13, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
NewFlowers2005|03|13: Field of new flowers. Almaden Quicksilver Park. March 13, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Fisherman at Guadalupe Reservoir. Almaden Quicksilver Park. March 13, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
GuadFisher2005|03|13: Fisherman at Guadalupe Reservoir. Almaden Quicksilver Park. March 13, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Morning sun on oak trees and new grass. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 26, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SunOaksGrass2005|02|26: Morning sun on oak trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 26, 2005.

New oak foliage. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 26, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
NewOakFoliage2005|02|26: New oak foliage. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 26, 2005.

Hillside near Guadalupe Reservoir. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 12, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
GuadTrees2005|02|12: Trees and Grass near Guadalupe Reservoir. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 12, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Looking west from the ridge above Senador Mine. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 12, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell
SenadorRidge2005|02|12: Looking west from the ridge above the Senador Mine. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 12, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

Oak and grass covered ridge near Webb Canyon. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 22, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
WebbRidgeGrass2005|01|22: Grass and trees on a ridge near Webb Canyon. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 22, 2005.

New Years Day. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 1, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
NewYearsDay2005|01|01: New Years Day at Almaden Quicksilver. January 1, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Sun on a nearby ridge as rain approaches. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 1, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SunGrassTreesRain2005|01|01: Sun on nearby ridge as rain approaches. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 1, 2005

Rainbow over Almaden Valley. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 1, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
RainbowAlmaden2005|01|01: Rainbow over Almaden Valley. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 1, 2005

Santa Clara Valley with San Francisco in the far distance. January 1, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SantaClaraValley2005|01|01: Santa Clara Valley with San Francisco in the far distance. January 1, 2005

Spur trail between New Almaden Trail and Randol Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 15, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SpurTrail2004|12|15: Spur trail between New Almaden and Randol Trails. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 15, 2004.

Trees and grass on a small ridge near the Randol Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 15, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
TreesInSun2004|12|15: Trees and new grass on ridge near Randol Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 15, 2004.

Trees in morning sun at Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 15, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
TreeInSun2004|12|15: Tree in morning sun. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 15, 2004.

Fog in the Santa Clara Valley. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 11, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
AlmadenFog2004|12|11: Fog in the valley. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 11, 2004.

Golden late-fall trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 11, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
GoldTrees2004|12|11: Golden late-fall trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 11, 2004.

Oaks and fog on a ridge at Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 10, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
TreeRidgeFogA2004|12|10: Ridge, fog, and oaks at Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 10, 2004.

Trees and grass on the New Almaden Trail. December 4, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
AlmadenTreesGrass2004|12|04: Trees and grass on the New Almaden Trail. December 4, 2004.

New Almaden Trail. December 4, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
NewAlmadenTrail2004|12|04: New Almaden Trail. December 4, 2004.

Bare branches, fall leaves, and new grass. Almaden Quicksilver Park. November 14, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SpringInNovember2004|11|14: Spring in November? Almaden Quicksilver Park. November 14, 2004

Peeling bark. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 31, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
PeelingBark2004|10|31: Peeling bark. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 31, 2004.

Bay trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 31, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
BayTrees2004|10|31: Bay trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 31, 2004.

Green and brown leaves on the Deep Gulch Trail at Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 23, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
GreenBrownLeaves2004|10|23: Brown and green fall leaves on the Deep Gulch Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 23, 2004.

Oak tree near the Hacienda Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 16, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
HaciendaTrailOak2004|10|16: Oak tree on ridge near the Hacienda Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 16, 2004.

Fall trees near the top of the Deep Gulch Trail at Almaden Quicksilver. October 16, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
DeepGulchTree2004|10|16: Fall trees near the top of the Deep Gulch Trail at Almaden Quicksilver. October 16, 2004.

Mountain Hamilton beyond Almaden Quicksilver ridge. September 18, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
HamRidgeClouds2004|09|18: Looking toward Mt. Hamilton from Almaden Quicksilver. September 18, 2004.

Randol Trail #2. Almaden Quicksilver Park. September 3, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
RandolTrail2004|09|03: Randol Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. September 3, 2004.

Almaden Quicksilver Park with Mt. Hamilton in the distance. August 28, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
MtHamilton2004|08|28: Mt. Hamilton from Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 28, 2004.

Randol Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 28, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
RandolTrail2004|08|28: Randol Trail. August 28, 2004.

Hacienda Trail oaks. Almaden Quicksilver. August 21, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
HaciendaOaks2004|08|21: Oaks on the Hacienda trail. Almaden Quicksilver. August 21, 2004.

Hacienda Trail. Almaden Quicksilver. August 21, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
HaciendaTrail2004|08|21: Hacienda Trail. Almaden Quicksilver. August 21, 2004.

Catherine Tunnel mine site. Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 7, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
CatherineTunnel2004|08|07: Catherine Tunnel mine site. Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 7, 2004.

Lichen and Leaves on the Castillero Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 7, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
LichenAndLeaves2004|08|07: Lichen and Leaves on the Castillero Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 7, 2004.

Mine Hill trail in evening light. July 28, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
MineHillTrail2004|07|28: Mine Hill trail below English Camp in the evening. July 28, 2004.

Fall colors near English Camp. Almaden Quicksilver Park. November 15, 2003. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
QuicksilverFallColor2003|11|15: Fall colors near English Camp. Almaden Quicksilver Park. November 15, 2003.

Rock, grass, and trees on the Woods Road trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. June 12, 2003. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
QuicksilverRocksTrees2004|06|12: Rock, grass, and trees on the Woods Road trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. June 12, 2003.

Dry grass at Almaden Quicksilver Park. June 26, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
QuicksilverGrass2004|06|26: Dry grass on hillside at Almaden Quicksilver Park. June 26, 2004.

New Almaden Trail near Mockingbird Hill. April 18, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
NewAlmadenTrail2004|04|18: New Almaden Trail. April 18, 2004.

Rocks, grass, and trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. April 18, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
QuicksilverRocks2004|04|18: Rocks, grass, and trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. April 18, 2004.

Another version of the oak-covered ridge near Webb Canyon. March 27, 2004.< Photo copyright Dan Mitchell./i>
OaksOnTrailAlt2004|03|27: An alternate take on this photo from Almaden Quicksilver. March 27, 2004.

Oak-covered ridge near Webb Canyon. March 27, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
OaksOnTrail2004|03|27: Oaks on grassy hill at Almaden Quicksilver. New Almaden Trail near Webb Canyon Trail. March 27, 2004.

Hillside near the Hacienda entrance to Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 13, 2002. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
HaciendaEntrance2002|08|13: Hacienda Entrance, Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 13, 2002.

Near the Hacienda entrance. March 20, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SpringTrees2004|03|20: Almaden Quicksilver trees on the first day of spring. March 20, 2004.

Bridge on the New Almaden Trail, Almaden Quicksilver County Park. March 13, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
2004|03|13TrailBridge: Bridge on trail. Almaden Quicksilver County Park. March 13, 2004.

Trees and grass along Woods Road, Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 15, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
WoodsRoadTrees2004|02|15: Trees and grass on Woods Road. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 15, 2004.

January flowers. January 31, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
FlowersBW2004|01|31: Flowers. Quicksilver Mines County Park. January 31, 2004.

Forested section of the Prospect #3 trail. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
ProspectTrail2004|01|10: Prospect 3 Trail. January 10, 2004.

TreesGrassBW2003|12|27: Trees and grass on a ridge about Guadalupe Reservoir. Almaden Quicksilver Park. Dec. 27, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

2003|12|22ManzanitaFlowers: Manzanita flowers. Almaden Quicksilver County Park. December 22, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

GiantSeeds2003|11|28: Giant Seeds. Almaden Quicksilver. November 28, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

YellowLeaves2003|11|28: Autumn leaves. Almadem Quicksilver County Park. November 20, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

TwoLeaves2003|11|22: Two autumn leaves at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. November 22, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

RainLeaves2003|11|15: Fall leaves in the rain at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. November 15, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

Lichen2003|11|15: Lichen on dead Manzanita. November 15, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

Almaden Quicksilver early autumn leaves. September 28, 2003. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell
QuicksilverLeaves2003|09|28: Early autumn leaves. Almaden Quicksilver Park. September 28, 2003.

Almaden Quicksilver early autumn leaves in black and white. September 28, 2003.
2003|09|28BWFallLeaves: Fall leaves at Almaden Quicksilver park.

Sun Fog and Trees: Photo of sun, fog, and trees
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

New Years 2003 Quicksilver Mines Trees: Trees at Almaden Quicksilver County Park on New Years Day 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

New Years 2003 Almaden Quicksilver Trail: Trail above Guadalupe Reservoir at Almaden Quicksilver County Part on New Years Day 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

New Years 2003 Almaden Quicksilver Berries: Trailside berries at Almaden Quicksilver Park on New Years Day 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

Quicksilver Diablo Range Panorama: Panorama of the Diablo Range from Quicksilver Mines County Park
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

Almaden Mine Feb 2003: Ridgetop mine at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. February 2, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

MarchShootingStar2003: Shooting Star at Almaden Quicksilver County Park, March 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

QuicksilverSpringFlowers01_March2003: Spring flowers at Almaden Quicksilver Country Park
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

QuicksilverSpringFlowers02_March2003: Spring flowers at Almaden Quicksilver Country Park
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

QuicksilverSpringFlowers03_March2003: Spring flowers at Almaden Quicksilver Country Park
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

WetSpringFlowersMay2003: Flowers in rain at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. May 3, 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

OldHouseOnRidgeMay2003: Old house on ridge at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. May 3, 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

WhiteLupineQuicksilverMay2003: White lupine on the Castillero trail near the ridgetop mine at Almaden Quicksilver Park. May 11, 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

WhiteLupineFlower: White lupine flower. May 10, 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

JuneFlower2003: June flower. Almaden Quicksilver Park. June 7, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

FallenLeaves2003|08|28: Fallen leaves on Mine Hill road
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

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