PHOTO: It’s a Beautiful Day in Claycord

May 19, 2014 18:30 pm · 30 comments


Thanks to David Allen for this picture, which was taken at Clayton Community Park in Clayton this afternoon.

Beautiful photo, thanks again!

Martinite May 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Great Pic, it’ll be my desktop for awhile.

The Closer May 19, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Cool pic. Looks like a pyramid in the background.

Dorothy May 19, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Lovely. I can almost see the wind in the trees.

Lari May 19, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Lovely; though, it’s a bit too windy for my taste today. Making allergies worse.

Kathy May 19, 2014 at 7:21 PM

So pretty; almost unreal!! Thank you!

KJ May 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Such a shame that Mt. Zion is slowly being destroyed. Here’s the history:

Dr. Jellyfinger® May 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Ohhhh! The quarry looks like the creepy vampire pyramid in that “From Dusk Till Dawn” movie!

Shelly May 19, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Oh, so even in Clayton they have to look at that horrible eyesore scar on our mountain!

Connie Dobbs May 19, 2014 at 9:57 PM

That is not an eyesore, Shelly. The stone from that quarry built parts of San Francisco. Probably most of the headstones in Colma, too, but those are monuments, darn it.

Subterfuge May 19, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Nothing like looking at a chewed up hillside.

Yevette May 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM

What a beautiful picture, thank you David! 🙂

MrDuckyWucky May 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

it appears the colors have been enhanced.

Marianne May 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Oh Dr. J. it does look creepy.

Road King Terry May 20, 2014 at 2:01 AM

nice, but the outfield needs some water

Noflow May 20, 2014 at 4:30 AM

Beautiful pic, terrible bench cuts in the mtn.

GreatShot May 20, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Thank you for the beautiful picture. It reminds me of how lucky we are to live where we live. Thank you.

Anon777 May 20, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Beautiful pic!

Z-Man May 20, 2014 at 7:15 AM


Thanks for the site and link.
Please tell the MDIA webmaster that they are brutalizing their posted images by shrinking them, and not embedding a link on the image to a larger size/quality.

The images look like they are from a site built with MSFT Front Page in 1998

mwo1859 May 20, 2014 at 7:50 AM

I did make this photo my desktop

MrDuckyWucky May 20, 2014 at 8:47 AM

why is it taking so long to post my comment?

Shelly May 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Connie Dobbs, Well it ain’t granite. I always see it crushed up along roadway shoulders. It’s a distinct color.

Are they just going to be able to take that whole mountain down? They may as well I suppose. I hope it’s not holding up something bigger.

Michelle May 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM

I really like this picture, ok, Mt Diablo has its flaws, but you cannot staunch its magnificence.

Hmm. May 20, 2014 at 11:16 AM

¿Staunch its magnificence?

Kirkwood May 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

The quarry on the north side of Mt. Zion includes a huge hole that can’t be seen from ground level. Also, county ordinance forbids altering or building on ridge lines. That said, the Seeno castle in Oakhurst sits on top of a hill and is a county island within the city of Clayton. Could never understand that. I used to fly an RC glider from the top of that hill.

ClayDen May 20, 2014 at 1:38 PM

@ Michelle

Maybe you meant “stanch”?

ClayDen May 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM


The hill was part of a 1,200 acre property that Seeno bought from a developer that wanted to make what is now Oakhurst look like Daly City with over twice the number of home as are in Oakhurst, and many of them built on the ridgelines. The citizens of Clayton rose up and stopped it, Seeno bought the property and then sold it after a couple of years, but kept his hill. At the time, the land was within Clayton’s sphere of influence, but was county land. Seeno got his approvals through the county before anyone in Clayton was able to stop it. At the time, the Clayton General Plan was being rewritten to prevent development on ridgelines that were visible from the Clayton and Marsh Creek Roads “scenic corridor.”

BTW, that would be a great place to fly from! Maybe if we asked nicely……

Kirkwood May 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM

What you say makes sense, my memory isn’t what it used to be – or never was. 🙂
I have also flown from the Kirkwood open space and the top of Kirker Pass.

Michelle May 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

It has been such a wonderful day today. Thank you grammar warrior for that correction. 🙂

Algorhytm120 May 21, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Great pic!! Mount Diablo is one of the reasons I always wanted to come around this area. I remember that when I was on BART long time ago, I always made sure I sat by the window looking south or the direction where that beautiful mountain was and always wondered how far it would be, it is such a gorgeous view of our world.

Actually, I have taken a few photos of Mt. Diablo too and I would like to know how I can post them too. Does anyone know?

Old Pine Hallow Road May 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM

We used to hike up cherry canyon, I assume long gone now, and up Mount Zion in the 70’s. It was already pretty blasted up for granite. But wow, this photo looks like they damn near used up the whole mountain. We used to watch the blasts, hear them, and trucks constantly taking granite away, from both sides. Always wondered about this. But I guess we need it. A shame, still great memories of the view from the top of Zion way back. Stunning at night or day.. Back when people walked up Pine Hallow road with 22’s to go shoot cans. lol. Lot’s has changed, moved away long time ago. The old hang outs. Now all houses.. I think it is sad.. Nice photo though…

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