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Snow Atop Mount Diablo

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 23 February 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

As with our image yesterday - this image was taken on Sunday. The capture was at about three o'clock in the afternoon. And again - it is rare for any snow to stick around all day on any of our local peaks.

With a summit at 3849 feet (1173 m) - Mount Diablo is considerably larger than Mount Tamalpias. The summit stands about 30 miles east of downtown San Francisco.

The bridge in the foreground is a new construction across the Carquinez Strait at Benicia. If I were to pan slightly to the right you would see the old span which used to carry all of the traffic in both directions. A terrible bottleneck. The new bridge now bares the northbound traffic while the old one takes care of everyone and everything rolling south. A much happier arrangement.

I have been posting numerous images of this strait recently. Those images were all more towards the west end. This bridge spans the eastern most point of the strait as it opens into Suisun Bay. We will look there tomorrow.

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sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

A breath taking scene, Stephen.

23 Feb 2011 5:37am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, stunning backdrop

23 Feb 2011 6:23am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A wonderful landscape, with these majestic mountains…

23 Feb 2011 9:35am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Excellent framing. Very impressive this big bridge of almost naked concrete

23 Feb 2011 9:53am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

That's quite an impressive view Mr. Phillips, nicely composed.

23 Feb 2011 10:44am

Marcie from Newton, United States

What an impressive mountainscape. WOW!

23 Feb 2011 12:36pm

Monterey John from Hollister, CA, United States

I hear we have more of the evil white stuff on the way, perhaps down to swa level later this week.

23 Feb 2011 4:13pm

@Monterey John: Well, look on the bright side, Mr. Wilson - we will not need to hear the dread repeated "D-Word" this summer!

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A very beautiful bridge, I might add...and a wonderful look at Diablo. Lots of good snow and some more coming perhaps, as John mentions!! I like the effect your settings have on the water below!!

23 Feb 2011 5:33pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Awesome shot! Excellent composition, colours and view...

23 Feb 2011 7:04pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

excellent athmosphere

23 Feb 2011 7:59pm

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Hi Stephen, just checking in as I haven't been around for a while. What a whole pile of interesting photos I've been missing. I love my bridges but can't make my mind up on this one (nothing to do with your photography). It's quite bold and grand but feel it's lacking in a bit of character. I'm going to sleep on it and take another look at it tomorrow.

23 Feb 2011 9:04pm

@Mike: Mike! It is so good to hear from you. I hope you are doing well. - - - Please don't spend to much time thinking about this bridge. There is a reason it was designed as it is. You will have a better idea of all of this after seeing my post here on Friday (2/25). My best to you!

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

beautiful clarity and amazing depth of field :)

23 Feb 2011 10:51pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Wonderful sight and PoV, great image ! Bravo.

24 Feb 2011 12:38am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Mount Diablo provided such a beautiful background.

24 Feb 2011 1:24am

David from Detroit, United States

The scene is striking-- the mountains look like a theatrical backdrop. It must be the clear winter air-- or your masterful technique!

24 Feb 2011 3:05am