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Black Diamond Mines 5 years 1 week ago #1

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Once producing more than 4 million tons of coal between 1850 and 1875, these hills were home to 12 coal mines and 5 bustling mining towns. Several railroad lines brought the coal from deep in the hills down to the Antioch and Pittsburg riverfronts for export.

Today, nearly no trace remains of the thriving communities that once stood. The land has reverted to its former natural beauty, save for a few beams where the train stations once stood and the occasional mound of tailings.

I recently moved out of Antioch, but had an opportunity to enter a privately-owned ranch(with permission, I swear) that protrudes into these glorious foothills of Mount Diablo.

On Sunday, Mt. Diablo was ravaged by a 1,500-acre+ brush fire that is still burning into day 4. I will post a couple of pics I shot just from home.


Some lenticular clouds over the rolling plain.


The sky is teed up for a colorful sunset.


Fiery night sky.


Houston, we have a problem...


fire detail
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Black Diamond Mines 5 years 1 week ago #2

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Great landscapes but the Fire On the Mountain thing sucks
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Black Diamond Mines 5 years 1 week ago #3

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While the Black Diamond Mine park is a bit of a drive for me (not for Mike though), I've hiked there numerous times myself. I like it best in spring when the wildflowers are in bloom. Regardless, Mike's images capture the place quite well. Ok, they are just awesome shots. :w00t: Wildfires happen though and there will be more this fall for sure. :(
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Black Diamond Mines 5 years 6 days ago #4

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Great shots Mike. Were thee done with the new 645 MF camera? JIM
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Black Diamond Mines 5 years 6 days ago #5

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Yes, all except the last one because I don't have any tele range with the 645. My kit covers the wide and normal range but those long lenses are pricey.
Currently, my primes for the 645D are
25
35
45
55
75
105
120
150
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