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Pictures of Joseph D. Grant County Park,

January 31, 2010


On January 31, 2010, I went to Joseph D. Grant County Park. I took pictures of the pig damage around the parking lots, then went to shoot around the ranch houses. Afterwards, I hiked up the hills on the west side of the park, hiking up the Dutch Flat Trail to the Heron Trail, then back down to the Dairy Trail, Brush Trail, and San Felipe Trail.  I brought my new lightweight tripod with me to take some HDR pictures.

HDR Pictures Around The Grant Ranch House area:

These are HDR (High Dynamic Range) pictures taken around the ranch house area.  These were taken using multiple shots taken at different exposures to capture the wide range of brightness in the pictures. There were combined using special software. See the links to the left for more about HDR photography.

Old ranch building


Bridge over San Felipe Creek leading to the Grant Ranch House. The deep shade of the creek and the bright white fence and ranch house are particularly difficult to capture at the same time with conventional photography. HDR imaging brightens up the shady areas and tones down the bright areas so both can be seen.


The Grant Ranch House. HDR imaging brightens up the shady lawn and tones down the bright white building.


Garden and fountain by the Grant Ranch House


Tankhouse, ranch house, and garden


Pond and water tanks by the ranch house


Old ranch building, with Mt. Hamilton in the background

HDR Picture on the Trails:


By the Lower Dutch Flat Trail


By the Lower Dutch Flat Trail


Pond near the junction of the Dutch Flat and Dairy Trails


Bay laurel trees on the Heron Trail


Pond on the Dairy Trail


Pond near the junction of the Dairy Trail and Brush Trail


Pond near the junction of the Dairy Trail and Brush Trail


Snell Barn and Mt. Hamilton from the Brush Trail

Conventional Pictures


Equestrians near the horse camp, with Lick Observatory on top of Mt. Hamilton in the background.


Well near the Grant Ranch House


Hikers on the Lower Dutch Flat Trail


View from the Lower Dutch Flat Trail looking southeast down Hall's Valley.


View of Grant Lake from the Heron Trail


View of Hall's Valley, Mt. Hamilton Road, and Mt. Hamilton from the Heron Trail


View of Mt. Hamilton and the Lower Hotel Trail from the Brush Trail

Pig Damage

Grant Ranch has a problem with feral pigs. They come out at night and root around lawns and trees looking for grubs, worms, roots, and bulbs.

Lawn by the well near the ranch house


Lawn near the horse camp


Looking back towards the parking areas west of the ranch house


Across from the horse camp

Damage to the Grant Ranch House


Earthquake damage to the chimney


Woodpeckers have been pecking holes in the sides of the house.


Woodpecker holes in the water tank.

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