Photo Shorts: Mind Calming Views

I didn’t expect the Berkeley side of the San Francisco Bay to be so mind-bendingly beautiful.  Like many other travelers, my husband and I combine sight-seeing with exercising, usually by taking a power walk around the area. The hiking trails located throughout the bay side of Berkeley, California, northeast of San Francisco, made it easy to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, but the views were a foot slowing hike-stopper. Our fast pace became a stroll, and sitting on the benches facing the bay suddenly became more important than feeling the burn. We were in the area to visit the beautiful college town of Berkeley, but it was the stunning San Francisco Bay that stole the show.  

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    1. The photographs I’ve seen of Cape Town are stunning. I can understand your being distracted by it’s stunning natural beauty. I would love to visit and be distracted, myself!
      Take care!

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  1. Oh my, I was just in Berkeley, staying with friends in the Berkeley Hills. Your images of the Bay are as you expressed: calming and serene. We’ll obviously be sharing each other’s experiences in Northern California.

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    1. Sally, yours was more of an extended visit. We’ve been traveling back and forth to the West Coast following our daughter who plays a college sport. It’s been exhausting because our visits have been so brief. I’m looking forward to hearing about your “real” vacation!

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    1. Andy, I’m not sure…but I’d sure like to return soon, so I can find out! There are zero water views in Atlanta…and it hurts me! Take care and have a great weekend. 🙂

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  2. What a contrast to wild, dark waves. Water and spirit are quite alike in their extremes maybe that’s why it’s so easy to feel the calm in these pictures. Thank you for sharing them.

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  3. The San Francisco Bay is an incredible place with a myriad of samples of ocean life and shorelines, and it seems that each corner has some spectacular draw of its own. You found a wonderfully calming spot. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. From the reports of another commenter, I don’t think we scratched the surface of the wealth of beauty of the Berkeley area. I should have done better trip research! Thank you.

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  4. Looks like Frontage Road along the Berkeley freeway. There are plenty of great hiking trails in Berkeley-Oakland. The most accessible, and closest, is Tilden Park. I believe the Laurel Canyon trail will take you to the Peace Grove, where the view is even better and you can see most of the Bay. Other locations: parking lot of the Lawrence Hall of Science. I got a good photo shot of a foggy evening. You can check out more eastbay hiking locations on my blog here: http://outdoorhikingtrek.com/blog/category/trips/california/bay-area/.

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      1. No worries Elisa. what I like to do is when someone comments on my blog I return to theirs and leave a comment. I think I went back a bit to find this post 🙂

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  5. Such stunning photos. I’m thinking of changing my camera but I don’t want to bother with lens changes. All I want is an easy to use, small camera that takes good photos. But no wonder your photos are so fabulous. Do work with it soon for I look forward to seeing more of your artography. 🙂

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    1. Hi Carol. If I had it to do over, I wouldn’t have invested in such a serious camera. The truth is, I’ve only scratched the service on its capabilities and time seems too precious to bury my head in a camera manual for so long. If you do your research and find a great travel camera…let me know!

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      1. I will, Elisa. I was recently on a hiking trip and one of the women had a small Canon camera that took amazing photos. The camera I now have is an Olympus but made for underwater photos, which gives me good photos of fish but a bit blurry photos of people out of water. 🙂

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  6. As a northern Californian, I’ve been enjoying your coverage of the Bay Area, Elisa. This walk around the Berkeley Marina area is indeed magical, and it’s wonderful that the City of Berkeley has provided so many wonderful, paved paths along the waterfront. I’m so glad you featured it here. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, I often wonder what local bloggers think when they come across a post about their hometown. I was so glad to see your input and appreciated your comments. I’m also pea green with envy that you call Northern California your home! To live in one of the most picturesque areas of the country must be like living in a dream. Take care,
      Elisa

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  7. Elisa, You’ve captured wonderful views of the bay….serene with beautiful light. SF is my home for a good part of the year and I love spending time on the other side of the bay. Glad you had such a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you, Jane, I didn’t realize you were a part time SF Bay resident. I was just telling another blogger that is must be heavenly to live in Northern California, an area I consider to be one of the most beautiful in the country. Lucky you!!

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    1. Thanks Jo! I just heard from a couple of bloggers who live in that area…can you imagine enjoying that view every day? One has this view from his office window….doesn’t seem fair somehow! 😉

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    1. Hey there, George. I’m having a hectic summer with the family this year…in a good way, I guess. 🙂 I stole a second to catch up with my blog and found your nice comment that somehow got sandwich between two others, and I never responded. So sorry! Hope all is well. Hopefully I’ll be diving back into the blog again soon.
      Miss you!
      Elisa

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  8. These pictures are so peaceful, they made wish I could be there myself. Sadly it’s not likely as when we travel we always head south to New Zealand to visit our son in the Bay of Islands. That too has a lovely peaceful beauty. I know where to go when I want to see great pictures now though. Thanks for visiting my site ❤

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    1. Hi there! I apologize for not responding more quickly, summertime gets in the way of other things, sometimes! I would love to visit New Zealand, it sounds and looks beautiful.
      Take care!
      Elisa

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      1. Hi Elisa. No problem, Summertime should get in the way of things. You would love The Bay of Islands I’ve no doubt, it is as beautiful as I think the name suggests. You never know, you may get there one day, as indeed I might to America.
        Stay cool.
        Joe

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    1. Yikes! I just realized I haven’t responded to a bunch of comments…I feel terrible. I’ve been busy back home in Atlanta and so miss visiting L.A. Thank goodness I have your blog to keep me in the loop!
      Hope your summer is going well!!
      Elisa

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