And of course, if you exit Bernal Rd and go West towards Santa Teresa, there is the pretty expansive Santa Teresa County Park that has some pretty cool views. There is also Calero County Park if you exit Bailey Ave on 101 and take it West all the way to the reservoir, which also backs you up almost to Almaden Quicksilver Park, too bad this area is infested with animals carrying Haunta Virus, otherwise I'd think it'd be really cool to seek out some old mines in the area. Hope that helps some, if anyone wants to get together and shoot let me know. I know far too few local photogs.
I've lived, hiked, and photographed in this area for quite a while, so a few comments.
I'm a big fan of Calero Park, and I hike and photograph there dozens of times per year. You have to look a bit, but there are many, many photographic opportunities there. Some of my favorites are the wonderful stands of large oak trees, the many grass covered hills and valleys, and some really fine spring wildflowers if you know where to look for them. I'd be happy to wander around out there with a group of photos.
Almaden Quicksilver is also a fine park, and I sure wouldn't spend much time worrying about hanta virus. (The supposed issue with that is related to spending too much time in the old mining ruins, but I suspect that to some extent the park is happy to encourage this fear as a way to discourage vandalism of the old structures.) I mainly go to this park for the hiking, but there are some great photographic subjects there also: old mining buildings and equipment, spring wildflowers (one canyon I know is full of Chinese Lantern flowers), some great groves of trees, and so on.
I've been to Santa Teresa, but I've only photographed there once.
G Dan Mitchell Photography
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