Gold, Timber and Twilight

The Grizzly Peak area remains one of my favorite in the whole of the Disneyland Resort. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the re-themed Condor Flats will transition in. It’s a logical move. Condor Flats has felt a little awkward since the DCA 2.0 launched, lost somewhere in an ambiguously defined time period for the park.

While Grizzly Peak is no comparison for a real National Park, it is a beautiful setting, welcome atmosphere and momentary escape from city-living that makes going to Disneyland a more well rounded experience. That being said, I think Michaela and I are sorely in need of an escape into the wilderness of somewhere like Yosemite, or maybe the Grand Canyon. As John Muir said so well, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”

Eureka Gold and Timber Co during Twilight in Grizzly Peak at Disney California Adventure

About Matthew Hansen

Matt is a photographer and graphic designer based in San Diego. When he’s not working, he's charting his next adventure over coffee or craft beer.
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  1. Keep up the good work you two. My wife and I used to live in Fullerton, and your pictures remind us of the wonderful times we spent at the resort. Funny thing is, San Diego is my home town and we moved back here last year, so now I’m excited to see more of your San Diego photography. Can’t wait for the obligatory zoo, balboa park, beach, and bay pictures!

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    1. Thanks, Chrus. Can’t wait to oblige with the obligatory SD photos! We’ll be sprinkling them in here and there. There are so many great settings to take pictures!

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      1. Don’t forget SeaWorld!

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  2. Why don’t you and M escape into the Wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. I’m sure there’s at least ONE friend there that can show you around haha 😉

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    1. @joedmarsh:disqus – I think you’re on to something there!

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  3. When time is limited, I like make quick drives to Big Bear. Heck, even a few hours of snowboarding at Mountain High is refreshing

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    1. @disqus_PEEvNXeGLY:disqus – When you’re as skilld™ as I am at snowboarding, it can’t, in good faith, be defined as “refreshing”. It’s more like a lesson in humility.

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  4. Wonderful photo as always! I’m continually amazed by the vivid colors you guys are able to achieve, particularly in all these twilight hour shots. Also, sorry to ask, but what happened to the download option? I loved using the high-res photos as my screensaver. 😀

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    1. Thanks, DirectorE. Don’t be sorry for asking a valid question. I assume you mean the full-res version of the photos? We’ve disabled it for the time being. Our photos frequently get used outside of their intended use, most of which we can live with. But when someone has an entire store on eBay selling your work, it gives one pause.

      For now, SmugMug only lets us go from full-res to X3 (1600 px wide). Not wide enough for some monitors or HDTVs. We’re trying to think of a solution that works for everyone. Except, of course, the crooks. There’s only one solution for them and that’s justice.

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      1. Hi Matthew! Thanks for the reply! Yeah, I meant the full-res versions (my monitor is 1920 px wide, so I’m always looking for photos slightly larger than that that can handle a bit of expansion and still look crisp during the screensaver). No worries if SmugMug doesn’t support an “X4” option, haha ; I’ll happily enjoy the X3 size if it’ll keep the crooks at bay. Keep up the amazing work!

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