Photo Classes and Photo Galleries

Outdoor Photography

Outdoor Photo Gallery

Photo Class 2007 Powerpoint (21MB)

HDR Experiments-1

HDR Experiments-2

HDR Sunset Pictures at Hellyer Park

HDR Pictures at Uvas Canyon

Almaden Quicksilver HDR Pictures

Santa Teresa Pueblo Area HDR Sunset Pictures

HDR Norred Trail Sunset Pictures

Outdoor Photography Class, April 9, 2009

Sam Drake's Pictures of the 2009 Photo Class

Don Abel's Pictures of the 2009 Photo Class

HDR Uvas Canyon Waterfalls

Grant Ranch, 1/31/10

Outdoor Photo & Wildflower Walk, Rancho San Vicente, April 17, 2010

Outdoor Photography Class, Santa Teresa 10/2/10

Alviso Marina Sunset Pictures, 11/27/10

Stile Ranch Trail Sunset, 1/29/11

Rainbows, Santa Teresa Park, 1/30/11

Photography Class, Mummy Mountain Trail, 4/23/11

Photography Class, Mummy Mountain Trail, 4/12/12

Other Park Links

Friends of Santa Teresa Park

Santa Teresa Park

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Santa Clara County Parks

Santa Clara County Open Space Authority

Bay Area Ridge Trail

Henry Coe State Park

Other Park Pictures

Santa Teresa Park Wildflowers, Spring 2002

Mine, Fortini, Stile Ranch Wildflowers, 4/11/08

Coyote Peak, Rocky Ridge Wildflowers, Feb-Apr. '08

Coyote Ridge Wildflowers, 4/13/08

Almaden Quicksilver Wildflowers and Views, Spring 2008, Part 2

Bernal Hill wildflowers and views, Feb-Apr. '08 Part 1, Part 2

Coyote Peak, Rocky Ridge, Feb-April '08

Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Stile, 5/4/08

Doan Ranch 11/22/08 Page 1, Page 2

Uvas Canyon Healthy Trails Hike, 2/21/09

Healthy Trails Walk, Almaden Quicksilver 3/28/09

Outdoor Photography Class/Wildflower Walk, Bernal Ranch/Hill 4/4/09

Geocaching Class, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 4/11/09

Calero Healthy Trails Hike, 4/25/09

Pre-Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 5/3/09

Healthy Trails Walk, Fortini-Stile Ranch, 5/9/09

Blair Ranch Hike, 5/9/09

Rancho Canada Del Oro Hike, 5/16/09

Palassou Ridge 6/6/09

POST Rancho San Vicente Hike, June 13, 2009

Mt. Madonna Geocaching Class, 7/11/09

Hellyer HDR Pictures 1/10/10

Almaden Quicksilver Wood Road Geocaching Class 1/16/10

Uvas Canyon HDR Pictures 1/23/10

Joseph D. Grant County Park, 1/31/10

Uvas Canyon Hike, 2/13/10

Santa Teresa Park Sunset HDR Pictures 2/7/10

Rancho Canada Del Oro Hike, Mayfair Ranch Trail, 3/14/10

Blair Ranch Hike 3/28/10

POST Rancho San Vicente Hike, April 10, 2010

Rancho San Vicente Photography, Widlflower Hike, April 17, 2010

Coyote Ridge, 4/18/10

Pre-Mother's Day Hike, Santa Teresa Park, 5/2/10

Penitencia Creek Trail

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 6/26/10

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve, Boccardo Trail, 8/14/10

Family Fandango 8/21/10

New Almaden Day, Junp-In Parade, 9/11/10

Spider Night, Bernal Ranch, 10/30/10

Rancho San Vicente, 4/3, 5/15/11

Woods Trail Wildflowers, Sierra Azul OSP 5/14, 5/2111

Almaden Quicksilver Pioneer Day, Casa Grande 11/13/10

REI Stile Ranch Trail Workday, 11/16/10

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 5/25/11

Family Fandango, 8/13/11

Pioneer Day, Outdoor Museum, Almaden Quicksilver 10/8/11

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve Dedication 10/11/11

REI Stile Ranch Trail Workday 11/5/11

New Almaden, Buena Vista, Capehorn Pass, Hacienda Trails 1/27/12

Villa Montalvo: Villa and Gardens

Villa Montalvo, also known as the Montalvo Arts Center, is a former estate in the hills of Saratoga. It covers 175 acres and consists of a Mediterranean villa, formal gardens, and hiking trails in the hills. It once belonged to James Phelan, who was a mayor of San Francisco and a US Senator for California. He built the Villa in 1912. He named it after the 16th century Spanish writer Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo. The name California came from one of Montalvo's stories. When James Phelan died in 1930, he left his estate to the people of California as a public park and center for the arts. The Villa and gardens are now managed by the non-profit Montalvo Arts Center. The County Parks maintains the trails in the hills. This page has pictures of the Villa and gardens.

On April 21, 2012, the Montalvo Arts Center celebrated its 3rd annual Arts Splash, which was an open house, open studios, and a student arts festival. It also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Villa. These pictures are from that event.

This is the solarium of the Villa, which is an Italian Mediterranean style mansion.

This is the dining room.

This is the main entrance.

This stained glass is above the staircase by the entrance.

The Spanish Courtyard behind the Villa.

Wysteria on the trellis in the Spanish Courtyard.

This path is the Poet's Walk, which leads up the hill to the Redwood Trail. To the left is the amphitheater, which features outdoor concerts and events.

This is farther up the Poet's Walk, lined with statues of poets.

This sculpture above the West Lawn is called "Fabric Study in Pots" by Seyed Alavi, 2011, made of repurposed plastic plant pots, nuts and bolts, vinyl tubing, and wire.

This is the start of the Nature Trail next to the Amphitheater.

This is the front of the Villa by the Front Lawn.

This is the Italianate Garden.

These daffodils line the brick walkway next to the Front Lawn.

The pictures below were taken on 9/5/11

This is a view of the Villa and Front Lawn, near the entrance of the Italianate Garden.

This classical statue is in the Italianate Garden.

The egg sculpture in the Italiante Garden is called "Head of Man" by David Middlebrook (2010), with the Love Temple in the background.

This is the Phelan Cactus Garden. The bronze sculpture in the middle is called "Broken Wing" by David Middlebrook (2004).

Satyr sculptures in the Love Temple.

View down the main walkway of the Italianate Garden, looking towards the Villa.

The Front Lawn and the Villa.

The three sculptures on the ground are called "Ground Control" by Cameron Hockenson (2011), made of bamboo and wood. The stacked bird houses wrapped around the tree is another 2011 sculpture by Cameron Hockenson called "Control Tower." This garden is called the Bird Garden.

The Villa.

Page created by Ron Horii, 7/26/12, updated 11/2/14