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Oakland Hills by chateaugrief Oakland Hills by chateaugrief

This is the Oakland Hills looking toward the Bay Bridge. Oakland Hills is a beautiful spot in the Bay Area, wild, remote, mysterious…prone to devastating fire tornados (fingers crossed, I feel Santa Ana winds coming on - wikipedia gets their info wrong on this, it’s still colloquially called Santa Ana winds up here not Diabolo). In 1991 a really bad fire killed a bunch of people and burned the entire place to the ground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland_… Seems to be a feature of canyon living in California. I always wonder about the terrain up here, these winding twisty canyons like in Oakland Hills are very difficult to travel through on a good day, much less if you’re trying to escape a raging inferno. The Napa guys had a hard enough time making it out of the path of that big fire a year ago, and they’re mostly on much much better ground to escape. Yet Oakland Hills building permits continue to be issued and the residents are really bad at keeping fire hazards away from their house, and a simple drive down those winding roads back into the hills is enough to show that very clearly. It's a tough battle against those trees.  

Anyhow, it’s a haven for UC Berkeley professors, complete with nice golf courses and some weird stuff like a Mormon temple which was, far as I can tell, deliberately built on top of the Hayward fault. Why would anyone do that? The Oakland zoo is up there too. There’s lots of bike accidents, like you might expect when you combine professors and windy narrow forested roads. (n.b. stop signs are for everyone) The local cemetery has a bunch of people buried in pyramids: Bill Gwin state senator who tried to duel a congressman in Paris but ended up shooting a donkey instead. COG Miller of PG&E, who i’m sure I’ve mentioned before and his wife Einnem (Eminem- says my brain), and Lewis Bradbury, a millionaire goldminer who married his parlormaid (paging Arnold). It’s a great place to visit, have a picnic, enjoy the bay breezes, but plan your trip to not occur during fire season. And it’s always fire season.  Nice place, but wouldn’t want to live there. 

Eynhallow has really pristinely trimmed trees. And stuff. 

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:iconroyalqueenmidnight:
RoyalQueenMidnight Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Artist
Oak town
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spiralsharingan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 Is this what heaven looks like?
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tasnuva-fernweh Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2018
it looks like............ hope..........
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angelknight36 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this has got to be my favorite
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blaser124 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018  New Deviant
yo veo un hermoso paisaje , tan hermoso , tan frágil , tan tranquilo , pero peligroso , eso como la naturaleza es peligrosa pero hermosa ....
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neootaku2016 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
thank you for the inspiration 
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pinestater234 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018   Photographer
Gorgeous!  Fav
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Ivladislaw Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work :)
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Stellapola Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible and beautiful composition!! The use of light and shadow gives a real sense. What program do you use?? I like the details of the grass an clouds
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KnifeandForks Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
Oh my what a beautiful composition!!
The colors compliment each other perfectly and really makes this scene stand out! The blending is also stunning and really blows me away!

The shading and lighting really lend themselves to this piece to make it seem almost like a photograph rather than a picture!!!

My only two somewhat negative critiques deal with the water in the background and the clouds
The water while gorgeous seems to draw the eye a tad too much in my opinion u^u
My other point, the clouds, seem like they could have been blended out a tad more to give them a softer look and a tad less sharp. 

Although the whole picture is stunning regardless of my opinion, and even with it this piece is amazing! 
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Siriusaya Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is really beautiful!
You did a great job with the colouring and lightning. 
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you glad you like it!
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Siriusaya Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Roseline21 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018  New Deviant
Amazing work!

Everything is so beautifully painted! +fav 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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RatatoskAS Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful work! :)
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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sp4d4 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work! Loved the cloud! 
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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RENEWAL-ART Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Neat-Studios Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Student General Artist
WOW.
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna go there!!!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Best part of Oakland for sure.  :)
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Jealous haha
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Void-Entity Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay the palette + the clouds r my whole life I lOOOOVE
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!  glad you like it!
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CLG-Artisa Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely. :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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CLG-Artisa Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :D
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Chipster-roo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Imdraproc Featured By Owner Edited Oct 11, 2018
This is a very beautiful pic, with the sunset giving a beautiful contrast between light and darkness, and the light reflecting off the roofs the town and framing the tree canopies really add to the piece.
The texture is very nice, and there something I like about the sparse cloud cover; partially the soft glow in the light, but there is something else there too, that make the clouds pretty - hard to put my finger on it, though. 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Glad you like it!  I don't know about those clouds, I think I could do better on shapes, but I do like the colors.  
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oldgringo2001 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018
I remember the fire. Most of the people who were killed lived in a subdivision that had only one access road, Peter Pan Lane, as I recall. If it was, it turned out to be their way to Neverland. Basically they waited too long and the fire came on really fast. A lot of them burned up in their cars trying to get out.

Ironically, since it's the Oakland hills, you have to look hard to find an actual oak tree. The trees up there then and now are mostly Australian eucalyptus, the kind koalas live on. They're fast-growing and extremely drought-tolerant--and they are really easy to kindle in dry weather. The thick oak forests of the East Bay were cut down a long time ago, starting with the Gold Rush.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
ouch one way access...that's not uncommon though in the Bay Area.  All the more reason to be careful.  eucalyptus are almost as bad as a dried christmas tree. they have a huge oil content that just lights like gasoline.  theres a lot of oak in the hills over closer to pleasanton though, so I wouldn't say it's all gone.  there's some very interesting things back in those hills. 
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Svetoslawa Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! :iconrightthumbsupplz::icongrin--plz::iconlefthumbsupplz: 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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JohnGriffith Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018
Beautiful! breathtaking! I love the light.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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sepiame Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The scene really comes to life by your brush. Great control over sunset colors. Would totally visit even during fire season.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!  glad you like it!
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vegsoul Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice. Fantastic lighting work!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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naprimerjanez Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018
So purrty.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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