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My friend and I decided to escape the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area and explore the backroads behind Fremont. We started out in Niles, headed up to to the Sunol Water Temple, and snaked down on Calaveras Road, which runs alongside Calaveras Reservoir, before exiting back through Milpitas.

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Sunol Water Temple

Designed by a Chinese architect in Greek style after an ancient temple in Italy, the Sunol Water Temple sits at the intersection of water pipes from Pleasanton well fields and the nearby Arroyo de Laguna before carrying (non potable nowadays) water through the Niles Aqueduct.

  • February 5th, 2013
  • Nikon D90
  • 24mm / f/11 / 1/200 sec
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Cattling Along

  • February 5th, 2013
  • Nikon D90
  • 24mm / f/11 / 1/320 sec
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Rushing Through Slowly

  • February 5th, 2013
  • Nikon D90
  • 24mm / f/22 / 1/10 sec
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Cattle Power

  • February 5th, 2013
  • Nikon D90
  • 52mm / f/5 / 1/500 sec
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Rolling Hills in Sunol

  • February 5th, 2013
  • Nikon D90
  • 24mm / f/5 / 1/500 sec
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One Big Family

  • February 5th, 2013
  • Nikon D90
  • 24mm / f/11 / 1/640 sec
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Quiet Backroad

For a good thirty minutes, we only met two other cars, although I'm told it gets busier during peak rush hour.

There's nothing like being able to stop at a vista, to take that deep breath, and revel in the sounds of distant birds chirping and roosters crowing.

Who knew there would be so much beauty in our own backyard?

  • February 5th, 2013
  • Nikon D90
  • 45mm / f/11 / 1/60 sec

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