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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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Siriusaya Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is really beautiful!
You did a great job with the colouring and lightning. 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thank you glad you like it!
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Siriusaya Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Roseline21 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant
Amazing work!

Everything is so beautifully painted! +fav 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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RatatoskAS Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful work! :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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sp4d4 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work! Loved the cloud! 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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RENEWAL-ART Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Neat-Studios Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
WOW.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna go there!!!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Best part of Oakland for sure.  :)
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Jealous haha
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Void-Entity Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay the palette + the clouds r my whole life I lOOOOVE
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!  glad you like it!
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CLG-Artisa Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely. :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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CLG-Artisa Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :D
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Chipster-roo Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Imdraproc Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago
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 5 days ago  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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago  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 5 days ago
Nice! :iconrightthumbsupplz::icongrin--plz::iconlefthumbsupplz: 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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JohnGriffith Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Beautiful! breathtaking! I love the light.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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sepiame Featured By Owner 5 days ago  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 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!  glad you like it!
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vegsoul Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
Very nice. Fantastic lighting work!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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naprimerjanez Featured By Owner 5 days ago
So purrty.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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kvacm Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Digital Artist
Very nice work, so many details!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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DRGNFL Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa the sky is breathtaking! ♥
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!  I had fun with my colors this week
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Chelled Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I love the light
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Theluki986 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Looks so epic and realistic! You did an incredible job here :clap: :heart:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Theluki986 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Anytime :hug:
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taemart Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
oh man the sun light looks really beautiful!!!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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