April 23, 2008

Sunrise, McNear's Brickyard

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photo by Donald Kinney

You can't see them in this photo because it's much too dark, but three tall smokestacks stand in the blackness of that hill.   It's the McNear's Brickyard, which has been churning out bricks out there on Point San Pedro since 1868.   This area is between San Rafael and China Camp, on the north-western portion of upper San Francisco Bay.

This hill is about the only hill left out there.   The other one that would be on the left has been completely levelled for it's valuable aggregate by the Dutra Quarry Company.   Now they are starting to excavate material on the backside of this hill, so it may be considerably shorter in the near future, or at least end up with a scooped out backside...

In addition to a couple hundred luxury homes that will eventually be built on the site of the excavation, the Dutra Company is planning to do another little development -- a cluster of modular buildings to support quarry operations.   This planning report is boring as hell, but it explains Dutra's plans.

Something that makes much more interesting reading is the McNear's Brickyard webpage.   It has a few great historical photos of the area, and you can find out all about bricks...

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Do yourself a favor today and spend a few minutes over at:
for three U-Tube videos of 6 year old Connie Talbot's incredible voice.   But caution here, you'll probably need some tissues to mop up your tears of joy for this angelic little singer that's probably going to make-it-really-BIG-one-day...


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Anonymous said...

this golden light is fantastic as the view also. well done

Stacey Olson said...

Beautiful light. Looks like it was going to be a great day..

Tomate Farcie said...

Aww, thanks for the link, Don, I'm honored! That little kid is fantastic, isn't she?!!

Great shot. Personally, I'm glad you can't see the smokestacks on that shot! ;)

Anonymous said...

Perfect light, perfect reflection, perfect composition. A magnificient photo!

Marvin said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful

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