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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 8 July 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

04 July 2010 - 9:25:25 PM/pdt

The shoreline along Clearlake in California - at the town of Clearlake Oaks.

Canon 5D mkII w/ Canon 16 - 35mm f/2.8 lens: ISO 200 - at 23mm - f/8 - 8.0 seconds

Waiting for Fourth of July fireworks to begin...

this is the beginning of a short series - tomorrow - they do (begin)

a bit about this place -

Clearlake Oaks is a 2.5 hour, 117 mile (188 km) drive north from San Francisco. The entire region sits in a geological depression at about 1000 feet (300 m) above sea level. Isolated from the influences of the ocean and bay temperatures - it gets very hot here during the summer months. Daytime highs of 115º F ( 46.1 C ) are not uncommon.

Clearlake is the largest lake fully within California. Covering more than 63 square miles (163 sq k), the lake averages a depth of 28 feet (8.5 m). It is considered one of the great bass fishing lakes in the United States. At 2.5 million years old - it is probably the oldest lake in North America and possible the world.

Mount Konocti - seen at left - is a volcanic peak which formed slowly over the period from 600,000 to 100,000 years ago. Ash from the Mount Konocti eruption has been identified nearly 3000 miles away in New York State.

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Becky from los angeles, United States

so pretty and peaceful - nice shot.

8 Jul 2010 5:05am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

wow! gorgeous! tthe tones are stunning and so is the composition

8 Jul 2010 5:38am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

such a beautiful scene, stunning composition and colours ! delightful!!!:)
a Grand Job !!

8 Jul 2010 6:18am

Marie LC from France

A beautiful perfect night of dream

8 Jul 2010 10:01am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

beautiful colors

8 Jul 2010 10:10am

hamid from tehran, Iran

very good very very nice colors.

8 Jul 2010 12:13pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Good Old Clear Lake - the oft "forgotten" place - I haven't been there in never looked better - very nice piece here _ I love the color and light work - great.

8 Jul 2010 12:26pm

@Denny Jump Photo: When was the last time you were there, Denny? Clearlake has some downsides. There's significant poverty and drug problems - also it gets a heavy algae bloom during the late summer into the fall - especially along the north shoreline. Florescent green and it stinks. The major resort up there - Konocti Harbor Inn just folded in the wake of the financial collapse.

Still there is so much beauty. Numerous wineries have expanded into the area - and pear orchards abound. I have friends who live in the county and it was fun - celebrating the Fourth in a warm place where I could swim. This was my third Fourth of July in Lake County and I hope to make it an annual tradition. I got back to the Bay Area around 1 AM and it was windy, overcast, and foggy. Those who saw fireworks here reported that the marine overcast glowed nicely when the higher rockets went off - but that was all that could be seen. So, very typical.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great night shot . Beautiful colors and light !

8 Jul 2010 1:03pm

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia


8 Jul 2010 1:37pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Who needs fireworks?! This scene is beautiful enough without any added glitz!

8 Jul 2010 2:53pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

beautiful landscape and beautiful color :)

8 Jul 2010 3:05pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

So beautiful, wonderful colors and light

8 Jul 2010 3:06pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Oh..this is absolutely beautiful. Such gorgeous color and soft light!

8 Jul 2010 5:43pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

The dead calm is almost mesmeric and the blue colours accentuate it with ease, a long drive to get a picture but I have to say well worth it.

8 Jul 2010 6:49pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

really lovely image, very well taken

8 Jul 2010 7:00pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

The most exquisite of locations and a beautifully observed and captured frame, Stephen. This is my kind of landscape (seascape), and you've done a masterful job with your camera here. Utterly beautiful.

8 Jul 2010 7:07pm

k@ from Paris, France

A very peaceful place... Ideal for a big summer rest.......

8 Jul 2010 8:49pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, US from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

It's a beautiful shot Stephen....sometimes, I wish they'd do the fireworks when it's still light like this........there'd still be plenty of punch to them in the sky, and how much more interesting the photos would be........I'm gonna try my hand at fireworks again tomorrow a harness track, of all places.......

8 Jul 2010 11:44pm

Brett from McAllen, United States

Beautiful colors! I love the great blue hues.

9 Jul 2010 1:10am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Hard to believe that this calm, serene setting will soon become the backdrop for fire in the sky.

9 Jul 2010 1:51am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

You´ve picked a fantastic location to watch the display Stephen,I can´t wait for the fireworks to start !!!

9 Jul 2010 10:28am