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Diablo in Pictures

The Mount Diablo Interpretive Association comes out with it's first book.


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Stephen Joseph

Call it epic. Call it beautiful. Call it gargantuan. Just don’t call it a coffee-table book.

“It’s a large-format, fine art photography book,” says Linda Rimac Colberg, with a laugh. “It’s a very important distinction.”

The author is referring to her spectacular Mount Diablo: the Extraordinary Life and Landscapes of a California Treasure, an enormous (six pound) book of photos and stories about our favorite mountain. Available March 12, the book is a first for the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, a 36-year-old nonprofit best known for its trail maps, guidebooks, and interactive programs.

Even for longtime locals, the book offers fascinating history about the Big D. For example, a 16-room hotel, the Mountain House, used to sit about three miles from the peak. John Muir even stayed there in 1877, before it burned down in 1901.

The book’s emphasis, however, is showcasing Mount Diablo’s natural beauty through the photos of legendary local shutterbug Stephen Joseph, considered by local land preservationists as Mount Diablo’s Ansel Adams. mdia.org.

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