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Oakland Hills
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Published: October 10, 2018
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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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BloodyM7's avatar
BloodyM7|Hobbyist Interface Designer
gooorgeous Lovely Shoujo (Heart for you) [V3] 
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RoyalQueenMidnight|Student General Artist
Oak town
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spiralsharingan|Hobbyist Digital Artist
 Is this what heaven looks like?
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tasnuva-fernweh's avatar
it looks like............ hope..........
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angelknight36|Hobbyist Digital Artist
this has got to be my favorite
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blaser124|Hobbyist Photographer
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|Hobbyist Artist
thank you for the inspiration 
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Gorgeous!  Fav
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Ivladislaw|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work :)
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Stellapola|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|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's avatar
Siriusaya|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is really beautiful!
You did a great job with the colouring and lightning. 
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
thank you glad you like it!
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Siriusaya|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Roseline21's avatar
Amazing work!

Everything is so beautifully painted! +fav 
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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AniaArtNL|Professional Filmographer
Beautiful work! :)
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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sp4d4|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work! Loved the cloud! 
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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RENEWAL-ART|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Neat-Studios|Student General Artist
WOW.
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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