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East Bay Parks Photo Project

Welcome to the first newsletter!

Briones Regional Park

At the beginning of 2022, I decided to hike and photograph all 73 parks in the East Bay Regional Parks District. Yes, there really are 73 (!!) and, altogether, they offer so much interest and beauty.

From the shoreline to the ridgeline, from grassy hills to redwood groves, from spectacular city views to rich communities of wildlife and plants, each park offers a unique experience.

My motivation for this project: to get beyond my usual hiking spots and fully appreciate the breadth of this extensive park system. I am excited to bring these images to others so that they also might be inspired to explore a new park or two.

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

Round Valley Regional Preserve

Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline

The process for visiting a park is simple. I select a specific trail the day before, pack a bag with my photo gear and exciting snacks (nuts! cheese! fruit! and sometimes even a sandwich!) and then head off early the next morning. My goal isn't one perfect photo, but rather a collection of images that gives a sense of the park at that particular slice of time and light.

Sometimes a park visit yields blooming wildflowers and lush, green hills and sometimes cracked, dry ground and yellow grasses. To document the gradual seasonal changes of this landscape is part of the fun and fascination of the project for me.

View from Wildcat Canyon Regional Park

At this time, I have visited 15 parks and there are many more to go! I plan to send an update after each park visit with a short description, a few images and a link to the full photo gallery.

For this first newsletter, I’m highlighting my latest trek to Diablo Foothills near Walnut Creek.

If you’d like to see all my park galleries, check out the Parks Project page on my website.

Questions? Thoughts? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you.

Onwards!

— Shira

Hayward Regional Shoreline