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Lake Berryessa Dam
On Putah Creek - Napa County - California
For those of you into such things - I encourage you to click on the link below - and then on the 'view map' link once you're there. It will show where I took this image and the dam (from above). Slowly 'zoom out'. It is amazing how much water is behind this little dam:
My Re-Discovery of Lake Berryessa (continued...)
My client who sent me on this effort is opening a market-restaurant-bar at an otherwise undefined place on the map called 'Barryessa Corners'. This spot is at the junction of California State Highways 128 and 121. It is not on the lake nor does it have a view of the lake. It is one of those places that is defined only by the crossing of two roads. It has also been vacant for years.
My client is also an old and dear friend - Mike Schildknecht. He is investing a bunch of time and money in launching this place. I won't mention what the economy is doing. I'll just say that Mike is a gambler and I wish him well.
His idea is to have my photography on the walls of the dining room. He is paying for the images we place and allowing me to sell them - and any other images I wish to purvey. How could I say no?
This was the inspiration behind my reluctant return to Lake Berryessa.
I had never been more than half way up the lake - and never took the narrow 'Berryessa-Knoxville Road' up to its end in Lake County. The images I'm doing for Mike's dining room will all be black & white. What follows are the first three - images all from this drive on March 6th.
The entire road along the lake and then up to Lake County is a mere 73 km (45 mi.) - but according to Google - the drive time is 1 hour and 50 minutes. With my camera it took more than 5 hours.
I'll also mention that the lake itself is a mere 111 km (69 mi.) from downtown San Francisco. When you see what's here - you'll understand how shocked I was at having missed this all of these years.
to be continued...
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