Photos from the Save Mount Diablo and Brazen Racing 2017 Diablo Trails Challenge 50K trail tun. Photos were taken at Save Mount Diablo's Curry Canyon Ranch property. For more information about Save Mount Diablo and the Trails Challenge see:
A gallery of photos from the 2016 Mount Diablo Challenge benefiting Save Mount Diablo.
Until a few years ago, the diminutive Mount Diablo Buckwheat wildflower (Eriogonum truncatum) was thought to be extinct. It had last been seen in 1936 by botanist and co-founder of Save Mount Diablo, Dr. Mary Bowerman, but hadn't been observed for the subsequent 69 years. Then in 2005 graduate student, Michael Park, discovered a small population of approximately 20 plants in Mount Diablo State Park. For the next 11 years, efforts to find additional populations in similar habitat were unsuccessful. In the spring of 2016 while performing a survey in the East Bay Regional Park District's Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, botanists Heath Bartosh and Brian Peterson noticed a steep hillside covered in pink. It turned out to be a second population of the Mount Diablo Buckwheat. The habitat was very different than the original site, and instead of 20 plants, they estimated 1.8 million plants present in this new location!
A gallery of photos from Save Mount Diablo's 2016 Four Days Diablo hiking trip
Photos from the Save Mount Diablo and Brazen Racing 2016 Diablo Trails Challenge 50K trail tun. Photos were taken at Save Mount Diablo's Curry Canyon Ranch property. For more information about Save Mount Diablo and the Trails Challenge see:
A gallery of photos from a Christmas Day visit to the frosty summit of Mount Diablo. A cold front had passed through on Christmas Eve, and there was the possibility of snow on the summit. I got up early and headed to Mount Diablo State Park, but the summit road was closed at the Junction Ranger Station. So, I laced up my hiking boots and headed up the Summit Trail for the 1500' climb to the summit. It was a beautiful morning for a hike, but I didn't find much snow - mostly just frost and ice. However, it was still beautiful and well worth the climb.
I was nominated by John Hopkins to participate in the "Challenge on Nature Photography" (#challengeonnaturephotography) on Facebook. I posted one of my nature photos every day for a week. Since these images are some of my favorites, I thought I would put them in a gallery on my web site to share with folks who don't have access to Facebook. I also added the commentary for each image to the caption.
A gallery of photos from the 2015 Mount Diablo Challenge benefiting Save Mount Diablo.
A gallery of photos from Save Mount Diablo's 2015 Four Days Diablo hiking trip