Bob's Silicon Valley
I have had the privilege of living in Silicon Valley for the last twenty years or so and it is not just steel and glass buildings full of computer engineers toiling away to make the next you-got-to-have devices and software. It is actually four distinct valleys between the Diablo Range to the east and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west including: the rural Coyote Valley to the south; Almaden Valley, situated on the south-west; Evergreen Valley to the south-east; Santa Clara Valley to the north, which includes the flat, main urban expanse of the South Bay which includes most of San Jose and the cities of Cupertino, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View.
This gallery contains, among other things, landscapes of Silicon valley day and evening, sunsets from or of the surrounding mountains, shots of the full moon from my back yard and a visit by a comet.
Silicon Valley From Mt. Hamilton
This Photograph was taken from the parking lot of the Lick Observatory atop Mt. Hamilton in the Diablo Mountain Range east of Silicon Valley across to Mt. Umunhum (just to the right of center with the square-radar-tower relic from the Cold War on top) in the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Silicon Valley in California.
Black and White HDR Silicon Valley from Mt. Hamilton
This HDR black and white photograph was taken from the parking lot of the Lick Observatory atop Mt. Hamilton in the Diablo Range east of Silicon Valley across to Mt. Umunhum (just to the right of center with the square-radar-tower relic from the Cold War on top) in the Santa Cruz Mountains west of the Silicon Valley.
Sunset Behind Santa Cruz Mountains
Note: Mt. Umunhum (to the left of photograph with the square-radar-tower relic from the Cold War on top) is one of the highest peaks in the Santa Cruz Mountains which form the west edge of Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley Sunset
Photo taken from the last turnout on Mt. Hamilton Road before the Lick Observatory, heading east from San Jose. The trees are Ponderosa Pines (Pinus Ponderosa benthamiana (Douglas ex C.Lawson). 5:36 PM 11/24/2013
Sunset, Santa Cruz Mountains, 12/17/2013
Taken from small overlook of Pacific Ocean on Summit Road between routes 9 and 17 along crest of Santa Cruz Mountains.
Sunset, South End of Summit Road in Santa Cruz Mountains-- Santa Clara -- Santa Cruz County Line
December 7, 2013, HDR Taken from South End of Summit road where an old forest-fire Scar had created a good views of Pacific Ocean
Sunset over Santa Cruz Mountains, from Mt. Hamilton
Photo taken from the last turnout on Mt. Hamilton Road before the Lick Observatory, heading west from San Jose. Crescent Venus is single evening star showing in upper right and the tree is a Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa benthamiana (Douglas ex C.Lawson). 5:23 PM 11/24/2013
Comet Pan_Starrs -- Summit Road, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
This photograph was taken from small overlook of Pacific Ocean on Summit Road just north of the intersection with Route 9 along crest of Santa Cruz Mountains.
Full Moon -- My Back Yard -- San Jose, California
Hand held test shot with image stabilization set to 1"" on my new 100-400mm Canon Zoom Lens.
Full Moon -- Color Temperature Set to Warm Range
In Photoshop Lightroom I've set the Color temperature to the right side so that this color photo of the moon looks like a warm Sepia Print. Hand held test shot with image stabilization set to 1"" on my new 100-400mm Canon Zoom Lens.
The Moon And Its Two Gull Friends Make a Handsome Threesome
Taken about 4:00pm in the afternoon in my back yard