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Sunshine in Early March – Laura McHugh

Sunshine in Early March

Looking West

Looking West Toward the San Mateo Bridge


The Salt Building from the West

I love the flatlands of Hayward and how the sun reflects in the late Friday afternoons. The landscape is strewn with industrial accessories – some intentional, like the power lines, and many more unintentional, like the trailers and other detritus. Many buildings, even those new and most recently constructed, remain empty with the sagging economy. My favorite, though, is the old Morton Salt Company building. It is a ramshackled mess, small compared to what would be a modern salt factory. The afternoon sun always makes it glow on the outside, distracting from whatever is going on in it’s dark interior. It will probably vanish soon, now that the groundwater cleanup has been completed. It is in too bad a condition to hope that it might be restored.