Concord Valley Sunset - Panorama

A spectacular sunset appears over the city of Concord California as seen from the grass covered slopes of Mulligan Hill. This is possibly my largest panorama and comes in at just under a Gigapixel. The sun sets through the Carquinez Straight on the far right with the Oakland Hills on the horizon to the left. In the valley lies the largest town in Contra Coasta County named Concord. Had it not been for prohibition, this might very well be the Napa Valley of California but due to prohibition, many of the grape vines were removed and other more valuable crops planted. Ironically after prohibition, California’s vineyards would once again expand but by then much of the farmland had been replanted with walnut trees and other crops. In the foreground lies a remnants of the World War II era Concord Naval Weapons Station which was devastated by a massive explosion as the result of a massive accident that occurred while loading ships during the war. If not for the Naval Station, this area would likely be covered with homes which have been slowly covering the hills to the south and the view obstructed.
Concord Valley Sunset - Panorama