Glorious Sunset – Concord, California
Over the previous week it looked as though summer had set in to Northern California with temperatures in San Francisco hitting the upper 80s but seemingly overnight the winds turned cool and thunderstorms rolled in off the Pacific. Looking for a good vantage point to view the sunset we headed up a little known road that crosses the foothills between Concord and the Sacramento River Delta. Near the top the rolling hills gave way to the Benicia Straight where the sun would set perfectly though the gap of the hills. From this vantage you can see Concord, Martinez, Benicia and even Vallejo where the delta turns in to the San Francisco Bay. The sunset was no wimp showing off yellows, deep oranges, lavenders with a sky of crystal blues. The grassy foothills of the Concord Naval center can be seen in the foreground, in the distance just below the sunset you can make out the Martinez refinery. At the full 36 Megapixel resolution you can even make out the Carquinez Suspension Bridge just to the left of the sunset.