Monday, April 11, 2016

Sunol Regional Wilderness Waterfalls

Our plein air painters group had planned a trip to Sunol Regional Wilderness on Saturday,
April 9th.  But the weather turned wet and gray, so painting was out of the question.  I decided to go anyway and seek out the falls along Alameda Creek, which is the main waterway for that part of the park.
The best are at a spot called "Little Yosemite," which is about a mile and a half from the nearest parking lot.  Well worth the hike! 

Above the falls runs a placid stretch of water, with very old native sycamores soaking their roots...a scene worthy of painting.
A little further down, the terrain descends suddenly and the creek drops about 100 feet, cascading over the rocks in a series of step-stone pools; this would be another great painting location, especially when the sun is out.  But in a month or two, it will dry to a trickle!


  1. Great shots, John. Definitely paint-worthy!

  2. John I love that you're doing the blog....I can really see changes in your new work. Wonderful!!

  3. Have you ever painted anything with the California poppies? I saw your "Mt Diablo Lilies" & they took me right back to the mountain.

  4. Nice! That's such a lovely area. I have a series of shots as well from Little Yosemite that I plan to paint as well. Fun!

    1. I went back and did a painting -- see my update posted on 5/2/16.

  5. Thanks, everyone, for your comments!