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Vintage Views: Mount Diablo – Walnut Creek IV

Vintage Views: Mount Diablo – Walnut Creek IV

In anticipation of Save Mount Diablo’s upcoming Moonlight on the Mountain auction and gala, I have just put the finishing touches on my annual donation: Vintage Views: Mount Diablo – Walnut Creek IV. Walnut Creek IV is just one of many in the Vintage Views: Mount Diablo series. There is an amazing amount of research and work that goes into putting these together, from finding the original location where the vintage image was first taken, to researching what has changed within that view, to actually nabbing the photo on a day when the sky and the clouds agree to give us a little drama. In this one, we managed to snap that drama – the clouds swimming across a perfect sky – in a moment when the snow still sat upon the mountain’s peak. This project has truly become a partnership between my husband and I – he the researcher and I the photographer. And I find myself quite excited and happy to see a new one come to fruition. And though I have said this every time, I truly believe this to be one of my favorites …

Here is, thanks to my husband, is a little bit of information regarding the view, then and now: Overlooking downtown Walnut Creek, the peaks of the Mount Diablo Summit,  North Peak, Eagle Peak and Mount Olympia dominate the skyline. In Mount Diablo’s foothills can be seen Shell Ridge and the sentinel sandstone rock formations of Mount Diablo State Park’s “Rock City,” once known more familiarly as the “Garden of the Jungle Gods.” The rocks of Rock City are riddled with turrets, wind caves, and grottos carved by the elements, and include Sentinel Rock and Elephant Rock. Between 1909 – when the postcard was mailed – and the present, Walnut Creek’s growth is evident as it expanded into the outlying farmland. Also noticeable is the transition from the relatively open oak savannah grassland and farmland in 1909 to a present-day cover of urban residential communities overlain with ornamental trees. This urban growth has been stalled from advancing further upslope due in no small part to the hard work of groups like Save Mount Diablo, which has protected over 100,00 acres of open space surrounding the mountain since 1971.

Sarah Anne Photography is a proud supporter of the San Francisco Bay Area non-profit organization Save Mount Diablo, whose mission is “to preserve Mount Diablo’s peaks, surrounding foothills, and watersheds.” To support Save Mount Diablo and help protect the mountain, Sarah Anne Photography donates a Vintage View every year to the annual “Moonlight on the Mountain” full-moon fete and auction. To learn about more about Save Mount Diablo and how you can help, visit www.savemountdiablo.org [http://www.savemountdiablo.org/].


Sarah Anne Photography – San Francisco Bay Area / East Bay Area Portrait and Nature Photography


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