Rattlesnake at base of drinking fountain at top of Mount Diablo. Photo by Steven James, Walnut Creek, CA
At the summit of Mount Diablo there’s a drinking fountain in the parking lot. When I ride my bike up there, I go immediately to the fountain to fill up my water bottle, putting my foot on the concrete base of the fountain as I operate the fountain. Today, as I was doing this and chatting with another cyclist, he backed up saying “Oh oh oh” and pointing to my foot, where 4-5 inches away was a coiled rattler sitting on top of the fountain base.
I backed away. Then I let the fountain run, producing a puddle. The snake slowly inclined to take a drink. I think he was thirsty. The ranger up there said he is a regular who lives nearby. Here’s a picture. Steve James, Walnut Creek, California
These days you always need to watch your step, even when you’re just getting a drink of water. /Gary
Snow on Mount Diablo. Photo by Robert L. Heaton, Lafayette, CA
What a beautiful day as seen from our living room window (Sunday morning, Feb. 20). Snow on Mount Diablo!!! Robert L. Heaton, Lafayette, Calif.
I wish I had your living room window! All I saw out of mine Sunday morning was frost-covered rooftops on all the houses in my neighborhood in Benicia. The thermometer outside of my family room window said 31 degrees F. That’s COLD! /Gary
Winter dawn over Mount Diablo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
As the fog fills in all the views, attached is what winter in Tice Valley looked like Monday morning — had hoped the sun would light the clouds north of Mount Diablo — didn’t happen but nice ‘winter’ photo from the top of Stanley Dollar Drive. Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, Calif.
A new winter day with New Year’s just a week away.
Nice shot, my friend. Looks like it’s going to be a good year. /Gary
An “island In The Sky” photo from the summit of Mount Diablo.
My friend Brian Murphy of Walnut Creek, California, who “hates to have the drama of a photo wrecked with photo credit,” took these 3 wonderful photos of Mount Diablo. That’s why I’m placing his photo credits here instead of across the tops of the photos as I usually do. I definitely wouldn’t want to wreck the drama of these wonderful pictures of my favorite mountain. Read the rest of this entry »
Tarantula on Mount Diablo. Photo by Ray Mengel, Bay Point, Ca.
I thought you might be interested in a recent tarantula photo I took on Mount Diablo on October 1. Cheers. Ray Mengel, Bay Point, CA
Always good to get one of your always beautiful tarantula photos from Mount Diablo.
For those of you who don’t know, this is the best time of year to see tarantulas in the wild and Mount Diablo is the BEST place to see one of these big, beautiful (and gentle!) spiders. Male tarantulas come out in the fall, in great numbers after the first fall rain, to search for female tarantulas. Lucky (??) males who find females will get a chance to breed before the big female spiders sometimes kill and eat them. Hey, it’s a tarantula thing.
Drive carefully when you go up the mountain to see them. There’s often a lot of those big spiders crawling across the road. When you stop to take a look, treat them gently. They’re actually quite fragile. Yes, they can bite, but it takes a lot to provoke them. The bite, I can tell you from first-hand experience, is about like a bee sting. Have fun! /Gary
Mount Diablo photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
HOT OFF THE PRESS … is the new Mt. Diablo State Park Trail Map, in its sixth edition.
Mt. Diablo Interpretive Association volunteers, in cooperation with the state park staff, spent two years bringing the trail information up to date, with improvements such as full color printing on weather resistant plastic and for GPS users a new UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) grid is provided. Read the rest of this entry »
Spring on Mount Diablo. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek
Spring is my favorite time of year on Mount Diablo. Everything is so beautifully GREEN!
In fact spring is my most favorite time EVERYWHERE. That’s why I’m leaving on vacation for the next two weeks so I can enjoy the different shades of green I’ll find in the different places I plan to visit.