Dick's Central California Photos

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New photos here January 5, here January 11, here January 13, here January 23, here and here February 17, 
here February 18, here February 23, here March 14, here March 16 and here March 21, 2017 (
captions in red)
  
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Sierra Foothills & San Joaquin Valley

Train in southern Sierra foothills, Kern County Looking north from Highway 58, Kern County Near Highway 58, Kern County Along Highway 49, Madera County
Train in southern Sierra foothills, Kern County Looking north from Highway 58, Kern County Near Highway 58,
Kern County

Along Highway 49, Madera County

     
Mist above the Chowchilla River, Mariposa County Live oak, Mariposa County Mariposa hillside Millerton Lake, San Joaquin River
Mist above the
Chowchilla River
Live oak,
Mariposa County
Mariposa hillside

Millerton Lake on the San Joaquin River

       
Squaw Leap area, San Joaquin River Squaw Leap area, San Joaquin River Squaw Leap area, San Joaquin River Squaw Leap area, San Joaquin River

San Joaquin Gorge (formerly known as Squaw Leap) (Also see my San Joaquin Gorge Photo Album)

         
Burl on blue oak at San Joaquin Gorge Foot bridge across San Joaquin River Shooting stars Sierra snow from San Joaquin Gorge
Burl on blue oak at San Joaquin Gorge Foot bridge across San Joaquin River Shooting stars Sierra snow from San Joaquin Gorge
   
Pine Flat Dam Kings River below Pine Flat Lichen on rock Water Tank, Raymond, CA
Pine Flat Dam Kings River below Pine Flat Lichen on rock Water Tank in Raymond
  
Lupines near Kings River Near Highway 41 north of Fresno C.E. Quick Ranch, Ben Hur Road, Mariposa County Kings River above Pine Flat
Lupines near Kings River Near Highway 41 north of Fresno C.E. Quick Ranch, 
Ben Hur Road
Kings River above Pine Flat
      
Basalt outcropping, Table Mountain area Sycamores by the Kings River Mountains in Kings Canyon National Park from above Pine Flat Lake Oak near Kings River
Basalt outcropping, Table Mountain area Sycamores by the Kings River Mountains in Kings Canyon National Park from above Pine Flat Lake Oak near Kings River
       
Millerton Lake Little Table Mountain, Madera County - Spring Little Table Mountain, Madera County - Summer Spider webs in foothill grass
Millerton Lake Little Table Mountain, Madera County - Spring and Summer Spider webs in foothill grass
   
Sky Ranch Road near Fresno Oak near Sky Ranch Road Oak near Mariposa Pond near Mariposa
Sky Harbor Road near Fresno Oak near Sky Harbor Road Oak near Mariposa Pond near Mariposa
    
Table Mountain, San Joaquin River San Joaquin River at Friant Orange lichen on rock near Kings River, Garnet Dike Road Frosty morning near Oakhurst
Table Mountain,
Fresno County
San Joaquin River at Friant Orange lichen on rock near Kings River, Garnet Dike Road Frosty morning near Oakhurst
      
Fall color at Pine Flat Camp Pine Flat Dam Pine Flat Dam & Kings River Bull Pine at Pine Flat Camp
Fall color at Pine Flat Camp Pine Flat Dam Pine Flat Dam & Kings River Bull Pine at Pine Flat Camp
       
Old loading chute on Garnet Dike Road above Pine Flat Reservoir Cattle chute, Cathey's Valley, Highway 140 CA Wood railroad trestle along Santa Fe Drive, Merced County CA Wood railroad trestle along Santa Fe Drive, Merced County CA
Old corral on Garnet Dike Road above Pine Flat Reservoir Cattle chute, Cathey's Valley, Highway 140 CA

Wood railroad trestle along Santa Fe Drive, Merced County CA

         
Old corral along Highway 41, Madera County Rock wall, Raymond Road, Mariposa County Close-up of wall Spring in Ben Hur
Old corral along Highway 41, Madera County Rock wall, Ben Hur Road, Mariposa County Close-up of wall Spring in Ben Hur
  
Site of Telegraph Fire, Mariposa County, July 2008 219 Site of Telegraph Fire, Mariposa County, July 2008 221 Site of Telegraph Fire, Mariposa County, July 2008 222 Site of Telegraph Fire, Mariposa County, July 2008 224
Scenes from the Telegraph Fire, Mariposa County, July 2008
     
Site of Telegraph Fire, Mariposa County, July 2008 225 Redinger Lake, San Joaquin River   Snow near Highway 58 east of Bakersfield Split boulder at Hensley Reservoir, Madera County, CA
Looking toward the Merced River Canyon (Telegraph Fire) Redinger Lake on the San Joaquin River Snow near Highway 58 east of Bakersfield Split boulder at Hensley Reservoir, Madera County, CA
      
Mushroom rock near Hensley Reservoir Close to the rock Fractured rock near Hensley Big flowers at Hensley
Mushroom rock near Hensley Reservoir Close to the rock Fractured rock near Hensley Big flowers at Hensley
    
A mini-dome at Hensley Dead oaks on the skyline Blue oak at Hensley Snow on Deadwood Mountain from Hensley
A mini-dome at Hensley Dead oaks on the skyline Blue oak at Hensley Snow on Deadwood Mountain from Hensley
      
A distant view of Deadwood Signal Peak from Hensley Snowy mountains south of Yosemite Snow on the lower foothills
A distant view of Deadwood Signal Peak from Hensley Snowy mountains south of Yosemite, seen from Hensley Snow on the lower foothills
  
The fenced off park area contrasts with grazing land Hensley Lake and road to boat ramp Hensley Reservoir A view from above the campground
The fenced off park area contrasts with grazing land Hensley Lake and road to boat ramp Hensley Reservoir A view from above the campground
        
Rocks and oaks near Hensley Fiddlenecks brighten the Sierra foothill landscape Rotary Park in Clovis also serves as a catch basin for storm runoff Ducks in the dugout
Rocks and oaks near Hensley     Fiddlenecks brighten the Sierra foothill landscape Rotary Park in Clovis also serves as a catch basin for storm runoff Ducks in the dugout
         
Giant puffball mushrooms, above Road 620 in Madera County Big enough to use as a football My favorite foothill tree, the manzanita Black oak tree
Giant puffball mushrooms, above Road 620 in Madera County Big enough to use as a football My favorite foothill tree, the manzanita Black oak tree
         
A good buckeye crop Mullein, bent but unbroken Pine Flat reservoir from above Sky Ranch Road Gnarly blue oak
A good buckeye crop Mullein, bent but unbroken Pine Flat reservoir from above Sky Ranch Road Gnarly blue oak
          
Frost-covered spider web above Oakhurst (Jennifer Neely photo)

Oak at sunset, Hensley Reservoir, Madera County

Wild oats at Hensley Rancheria Creek by Ben Hur Road, Mariposa County CA
Frost-covered spider web above Oakhurst (Jennifer Neely photo) Oak at sunset, Hensley Reservoir, Madera County Wild oats at Hensley Rancheria Creek by Ben Hur Road, Mariposa County CA
   
Buckeye and lichen-covered rock by Rancheria Creek Oaks and grass by Old Highway, Mariposa CA Pegleg Falls from above Indian grinding holes in granite above Pegleg Falls
Buckeye and lichen-covered rock by Rancheria Creek Oaks and grass by Old Highway, Mariposa CA Falls on Pegleg Creek near Highway 49, Mariposa County Indian grinding holes in granite above the falls
          
The rock seems to be holding the oak in place Hensley Lake, December 2011 Shuteye Peak & Eagle Beaks above San  Joaquin River Hensley Reservoir, Madera County
The rock seems to be holding the oak in place Hensley Lake, December 2011 Shuteye Peak & Eagle Beaks above San  Joaquin River Hensley Reservoir, Madera County
     
Side hill oak near Lake Millerton, Fresno County Split rock at San Joaquin Gorge (Squaw Leap) Big Table Mountain from Auberry Road, Fresno County CA Dead tree by Auberry Road
Side hill oak near Lake Millerton, Fresno County Split rock at San Joaquin Gorge (Squaw Leap) Big Table Mountain from Auberry Road, Fresno County CA Dead tree by Auberry Road
    
Kennedy Table, north of the San Joaquin Gorge Another view A path well-traveled
X marks the spot Kennedy Table, north of the San Joaquin Gorge Another view A path well-traveled
    
Lichen-covered rock and young thistle plant A knob of harder rock resists weathering Big Table Mountain from San Joaquin Gorge   Finegold Bay, Millerton Lake
Lichen-covered rock and young thistle plant A knob of harder rock resists weathering   Big Table Mountain from San Joaquin Gorge Finegold Bay, Millerton Lake
      
Horseshoe bend, Millerton Lake, Fresno County CA
Horseshoe bend, Millerton Lake, Fresno County CA
    
Black cattle, green grass, grey pines and white rocks Shuteye Peak and Eagle Beaks, above the upper San Joaquin Creek bottom by Road 400 A closer look
Black cattle, green grass, grey pines and white rocks by the San Joaquin Trail Shuteye Peak and Eagle Beaks, above the upper San Joaquin, viewed from the San Joaquin Trail Creek bottom by Road 400, Madera County CA A closer look
     
Grazing land by Road 400 Ranch on Road 400 Another  Road 400 scene New and old grass with oaks and Hensley Lake as a backdrop
Grazing land by Road 400 Ranch on Road 400 Another  Road 400 scene New and old grass with oaks and Hensley Lake as a backdrop
   
Bull pines (AKA digger pines)

San Joaquin Trail, near parking lot

Nature's landscaping Cascades on Big Creek
Bull pines (AKA digger pines) at San Joaquin Gorge San Joaquin Trail, near San Joaquin Gorge parking lot Nature's landscaping Cascades on Big Creek, north of Pine Flat Lake, Fresno County
   
A more peaceful stretch of the creek Another typical section of the creek Someday I'll find out what this was for View to the south down into Big Creek drainage from Minnesota Flats
A more peaceful section of Big Creek

Another typical section of Big Creek

We call this old structure next to Big Creek "The Guardhouse" View to the south into Big Creek drainage from near Blue Canyon
    
Flowers on hills above Big Creek near Pine Flat Water has worn a path down these rocks by Road 620 in Madera County Signal Peak, above the south fork of the Merced River in Mariposa County Hensley Lake after two years of below average rainfall
Flowers on hills above Big Creek near Pine Flat Water has worn a path down these rocks by Road 620 in Madera County

Signal Peak, above the south fork of the Merced River in Mariposa County

Hensley Lake after two years of below average rainfall
   
I call this Rabbit Rock, because I always see one by it And here he is! Game trail near Hensley Lake Windmill and shed southest of Le  Grand CA
I call this Rabbit Rock, because I always see one by it And here he is! Game trail near Henley Lake Windmill and shed southest of Le  Grand CA
   
Windmill and barn on White Rock Road, Merced County Along Whtie Rock Road, Mariposa County A long, lonesome road The White Rock Cemetery
Windmill and barn on White Rock Road, Merced County Along Whtie Rock Road, Mariposa County A long, lonesome road The White Rock Cemetery
   
Fall in Clovis Nice contrast between deciduous and evergreen A colorful carpet A closer look
Fall in Clovis Nice contrast between deciduous and evergreen A colorful carpet A closer look
     
Red and yellow leaves Pyracantha in December Snow below 1,000 feet elevation is visible from downtown Clovis Along the Clovis Trail system
Red and yellow leaves Pyracantha in December Snow below 1,000 feet elevation is visible from downtown Clovis Along the Clovis Trail system
   
Millerton Lake and Friant Dam with Little Table Mountain in the background Shuteye Peak and Eagle Beaks on the horizon above Millerton A typical section of the South Bay Trail at Millerton "Fisherman's Trail" below the South Bay Trail
Millerton Lake and Friant Dam with Little Table Mountain in the background Shuteye Peak and Eagle Beaks on the horizon above Millerton Lake A typical section of the South Bay Trail at Millerton "Fisherman's Trail" below the South Bay Trail
     
Water-sculpted beach at Millerton Lake Rock by the South Bay Trail Squaw Leap table top mountain just after sunset A section of Hite's Cove Trail, South Fork of Merced River
Water-sculpted beach at Millerton Lake Rock by the South Bay Trail Squaw Leap table top mountain just after sunset A section of Hite's Cove Trail, South Fork of Merced River
   
South Fork, Highway 140 bridge, and main Merced River (WT) Poppies along Hite Cove Trail Poppies and the river Chemise brush and rugged hills of the Merced drainage
South Fork, Highway 140 bridge, and main Merced River (by Wes Thiessen)

Poppies along Hite's Cove Trail

Poppies and the river Chemise brush and rugged hills of the Merced drainage
    
Rotary Park flood basin Geese enjoying the wet weather The infield is to wet to play on New green leaves in San Joaquin Gorge area
Rotary Park flood basin, February 28, 2014 Geese enjoying the wet weather The infield is too wet to play on New green leaves in San Joaquin Gorge area
   
Storm clouds set off bull pine on hills at San Joaquin Gorge Morning light at San Joaquin Gorge Along Merced Falls Road South Bay Trail, Millerton Lake
Storm clouds set off bull pine on hills at San Joaquin Gorge

Morning light at San Joaquin Gorge

Along Merced Falls Road South Bay Trail, Millerton Lake
     
Arson fire in the hills above Mariposa, 2004 Table Mountain in Madera County, CA Slope of Table Mountain Looking into the San Joaquin Valley from Guadalupe Grade, Highway 140
Arson fire in the hills above Mariposa, 2004 Table Mountain in Madera County, CA Slope of Table Mountain Looking into the San Joaquin Valley from Guadalupe Grade, Highway 140
  
Valley and foothills below Trimmer Springs Road
Valley and foothills below Trimmer Springs Road in Fresno County, CA
  
Oak and pine trees near Sycamore Creek and Pine Flat Reservoir
Oak and pine trees near Sycamore Creek and Pine Flat Reservoir
  
Millerton Lake at Finegold Creek
Millerton Lake at Finegold Creek
  
Looking across at Edison Point above Pine Flat Lake
Looking across at Edison Point above Pine Flat Lake
  
New Year's Eve sunset above Oakhurst Deeper Reds Blue oak in the hills above Oakhurst Foxfails in the fall
New Year's Eve sunset above Oakhurst Deeper Reds

Blue oak in the hills above Oakhurst

Foxfails in the fall
   
Pincushion Peak above Winchell Cove at Millerton Lake Falling water line at Lake Millerton creates unique patterns and colors Did that boulder roll down there recently? Rocky section along the trail near Winchell Cove

Pincushion Peak above Winchell Cove at Millerton Lake

Falling water line at Lake Millerton creates unique patterns and colors

Did that boulder roll down there recently?

Rocky section along the trail near Winchell Cove

   
Low water on Pine Flat Lake, March 2015

All that nice green lawn should be underwater

Poppies on the hillside Snow on the Monarch Divide
Low water on Pine Flat Lake, March 2015

All that nice green lawn should be underwater

Poppies on the hillside above Pine Flat Lake

Snow on the Monarch Divide between the North and Middle Forks of the Kings River
    
Mill Flat Creek Green hillside above the creek Hite's Cove Trail on the South Fork of the Merced River Cliff above Highway 140 along the Merced River
Mill Flat Creek Green hillside above the creek

Hite's Cove Trail on the South Fork of the Merced River

Cliff above Highway 140 along the Merced River

  
Creek drainage by Road 400 in Madera County
Creek drainage by Road 400 in Madera County
  
Rocks and oaks near Hensley Lake
Rocks and oaks near Hensley Lake
  
View of the Sierra - Kings Canyon on left; Great Western Divide at right, from Highway 145 near Highway 41
View of the Sierra - Kings Canyon on left; Great Western Divide at right, from Highway 145 near Highway 41
   
Smoky sunrise reflected in the Helm Canal Ancient upside-down tree trunk by Deadwood Lookout Road near Oakhurst CA Cattle guard on Deadwood Lookout Road Cattle by the road

Smoky sunrise reflected in the Helm Canal

Ancient upside-down tree trunk by Deadwood Lookout Road near Oakhurst CA Cattle guard on Deadwood Lookout Road Cattle by the road
     
San Joaquin River by Jensen Ranch Trail Fall in Woodward Park Coarsegold Creek, Madera County, running high in 1983 Fog from the San Joaquin Valley pours over a ridge near Oakhurst

San Joaquin River by Jensen Ranch Trail

Fall in Woodward Park Coarsegold Creek, Madera County, running high in 1983 Fog from the San Joaquin Valley pours over a ridge near Oakhurst 
   
Not a lake, but fog in Blue Canyon near Pine Flat Lake Mariposa Creek carries mud from heavy rain Little Dry Creek during the 2016 El Nino year Lone tree above the Old Town Trail in Clovis
Not a lake, but fog in Blue Canyon near Pine Flat Lake Mariposa Creek carries mud from heavy rain Little Dry Creek in Fresno County during the 2016 El Nino year

Lone tree above the Old Town Trail in Clovis

   
Snow at Old Yosemite Road and 620 above Oakhurst Bright green grass in the San Joaquin Gorge area Big Dry Creek at Highway 168 A rainy year has brought this little creek back to life
Snow at Old Yosemite Road and 620 above Oakhurst Bright green grass in the San Joaquin Gorge area Big Dry Creek at Highway 168

A rainy year has brought this little creek back to life

   
Another view of Big Dry Creek Green hills and the Sierra from Trimmer Springs Road The valley of Sycamore Creek where it enters Pine Flat Lake Cushioned resting rock
Another view of Big Dry Creek Green hills and the Sierra from Trimmer Springs Road The valley of Sycamore Creek where it enters Pine Flat Lake Cushioned resting rock
    
Pine Flat lake sparkles in the spring sunshine At the start of the San Joaquin River Trail western end Normally a park, this area is a flood basin when it rains Ducks swimming above the sidewalk
Pine Flat lake sparkles in the spring sunshine At the start of the San Joaquin River Trail western end This park in Clovis is a flood basin when it rains

Ducks swimming above the sidewalk

   
Table Mountain near the junction of Highways 145 and 41
Table Mountain near the junction of Highways 145 and 41
  
Fiddlenecks in Dry Creek Canyon, Tulare County Another fantastic Dry Creek Canyon vista Enjoying the redbuds beside the Dry Creek Trail in Clovis Debris line marks high water on the Chowchilla River
Fiddlenecks in Dry Creek Canyon, Tulare County Another fantastic Dry Creek Canyon vista Enjoying the redbuds beside the Dry Creek Trail in Clovis Debris line marks high water on the Chowchilla River
  
Along the Lakeview Trail by Eastman Lake Debris line marks high water on the Chowchilla River Wildflowers line both sides of the San Joaquin River Trail near Sky Harbor Farewell-to-Spring turn the hills pink at San Joaquin Gorge
Along the Lakeview Trail by Eastman Lake Hikers stand atop Pincushion Peak above Millerton Lake Wildflowers line both sides of the San Joaquin River Trail Farewell-to-Spring turn the hills pink at San Joaquin Gorge
    
Squaw Leap above the San Joaquin Gorge Another example of nature's landscaping skills Flower-lined trail at San Joaquin Gorge This bridge links trails on both sides of the San Joaquin River
Squaw Leap above the San Joaquin Gorge Another example of nature's landscaping skills Flower-lined trail at San Joaquin Gorge This bridge links trails on both sides of the San Joaquin River
       
Early morning view up the San Joaquin River drainage Fiddlenecks above the Kings River (Thiessen photo) Snow on Deadwood Mountain above Oakhurst Snow on leafless buckeye
Early morning view up the San Joaquin River drainage Fiddlenecks above the Kings River (Thiessen photo) Snow on Deadwood Mountain above Oakhurst Snow on leafless buckeye
    
Snow on the pine tree Snow-lined driveway above Oakhurst Table Mountain near Highway 41 and 145 in Madera County A field of tarweed on Triangle Road in Mariposa County
Snow on the pine tree Snow-lined driveway above Oakhurst Table Mountain near Highway 41 and 145 in Madera County A field of tarweed on Triangle Road in Mariposa County
   
Scenes of a fire in the foothills along Auberry Road below Prather 1 Scenes of a fire in the foothills along Auberry Road below Prather 2 Scenes of a fire in the foothills along Auberry Road below Prather 3 Hughes creek and a ranch from Trimmer Springs Road
Scenes after a fire in the foothills along Auberry Road below Prather Hughes creek and a ranch from Trimmer Springs Road
   
Misty hill above the Edison Point Trail near Pine Flat A dramatic view of Pine Flat Lake and clouds in early afternoon Little Dry Creek near Auberry Road The rushing waters of Big Dry Creek in January 2017
Misty hill above the Edison Point Trail near Pine Flat A dramatic view of Pine Flat Lake and clouds in early afternoon Little Dry Creek near Auberry Road

The rushing waters of Big Dry Creek in January 2017

    
Wes Thiessen captured this dramatic view of the Sierra snow Sun kisses the green hills across Lake Millerton Pincushion Peak from Millerton and Auberry Roads The Finegold Creek branch of Millerton Lake

Wes Thiessen captured this dramatic view of the Sierra snow

Sun kisses the green hills across Lake Millerton Pincushion Peak from Millerton and Auberry Roads The Finegold Creek branch of Millerton Lake (compare 2104 view)
     
This flat rock looks right down on Trimmer Springs Road near Pine Flat Lake A little creek that runs into the Kings River near Winton Park Slide on Trimmer Springs Road on the south side of the Kings River Where it came from
This flat rock looks right down on Trimmer Springs Road near Pine Flat Lake A little creek that runs into the Kings River near Winton Park Slide on Trimmer Springs Road on the south side of the Kings River Where it came from
  
Big Creek branch of Pine Flat Lake with poppies on the hills A delightful blue oak, attired in bright green for spring
Big Creek branch of Pine Flat Lake with poppies on the hills A delightful blue oak, attired in bright green for spring

       

Mother Lode Country
Old fence at the edge of Plymouth on Highway 49 Marker at former Calaveras County Courthouse in Mokelumne Hill The Hotel Leger (former courthouse) Marker at Columbia
Old fence at the edge of Plymouth on Highway 49 Marker at former Calaveras County Courthouse in Mokelumne Hill The Hotel Leger (former courthouse) Marker at Columbia
    
Downtown Columbia Not all buildings in Columbia are well-preserved Switchbacks on steep old roads lead to mines hidden in the hills between Coulterville & Bagby Merced River canyon & Yosemite Valley from Hwy 49 near top of Bagby Grade
Downtown Columbia Not all buildings in Columbia are well-preserved Switchbacks on steep old roads lead to mines hidden in the hills between Coulterville & Bagby Merced River canyon & Yosemite Valley from Hwy 49 near top of Bagby Grade
    
Old concrete and rock work at site of Pine Tree Mine, near top of Bagby Grade Looking down Bagby Grade Marker at site of Mt. Ophir mine & mint Remains of rock walled building at Mt. Ophir mine site on Highway 49
Old concrete and rock work at site of Pine Tree Mine, near top of Bagby Grade Looking down Bagby Grade Marker at site of Mt. Ophir mine & mint Remains of rock walled building at Mt. Ophir mine site on Highway 49
      
Old Barn at Mt. Bullion View of Signal Peak from Mt. Bullion Old Masonic Hall in Mariposa, now the Sixth Street Cinema Old Oddfellows Lodge in Mariposa - note iron shutters on upper floor
Old Barn at Mt. Bullion View of Signal Peak from Mt. Bullion  Old Masonic Hall in Mariposa, now the Sixth Street Cinema Old Oddfellows Lodge in Mariposa - note iron shutters on upper floor
   
Historic marker, Agua Fria town site Location of Agua Fria Yosemite Valley from Highway 49 north of Bear Valley   Old barn in Hornitos
Historic marker, Agua Fria town site Location of Agua Fria Yosemite Valley from Highway 49 north of Bear Valley Old barn in Hornitos
    
Mariposa Reservoir Stockton Creek Preserve Trail Hikers on the trail Oaks on the slope near the waterworks trailhead
Mariposa Reservoir Stockton Creek Preserve Trail Hikers on the trail Oaks on the slope near the waterworks trailhead
   
tributary of the East Fork of the Chowchilla River 1 tributary of the East Fork of the Chowchilla River 2 tributary of the East Fork of the Chowchilla River 3 tributary of the East Fork of the Chowchilla River 4

This sparkling tributary of the East Fork of the Chowchilla River drops down a 50-foot series of cascades below this point, but it is very difficult to get down into the canyon where you can see the falls

               

Pacific Coast and Coast Ranges

San Luis Reservoir Old water tower, Parkfield
San Luis Reservoir Windmill near Parkfield Old water tank, Parkfield Hay field near Parkfield

        

Woodpecker larder tree Windmill near San Ramon San Luis Reservoir Bull Pine near Parkfield
Woodpecker larder tree Windmill near San Ramon San Luis Reservoir Bull Pine near Parkfield
         
Ranch near Parkfield Foothills near Parkfield Foothills near Parkfield Brodeia near San Luis
Ranch near Parkfield Foothills near Parkfield Brodeia near San Luis
    
Oaks near Parkfield Oaks near Parkfield Oaks and hay fields near Parkfield Oaks and hay fields near Parkfield
Oaks and hay fields near Parkfield
     
On Highway 46 between Paso Robles & Cambria Shaky Ground - the San Andreas Fault at Parkfield Shaky Ground - the San Andreas Fault at Parkfield On Highway 46 near Paso Robles
On Highway 46 between Paso Robles & Cambria Shaky Ground - the San Andreas Fault at Parkfield On Highway 46 near Paso Robles
      
Cholame Creek, north of Parkfield Cliff by Parkfield-Coalinga Road Remnant of old fence near road V-6 Ranch Gate
Cholame Creek, north of Parkfield Cliff by Parkfield-Coalinga Road Remnant of old fence near road V-6 Ranch Gate
          
Newly cut hay north of Parkfield Newly cut hay north of Parkfield Poppies and other wildflowers along Highway 41 Flowers on green hills near town
    Newly cut hay north of Parkfield A closer look

Poppies and other wildflowers near junction of Highways 41 and 46

Flowers on green hills near Parkfield
   
Beach at Jenner CA Even in a very dry year, there's a bit of water by the bridge Bridge where Cholame, Vineyard Canyon and Parkfield-Coalinga Roads meet Field, vineyard and hills west of Vineyard Canyon Road
Beach at Jenner CA Even in a very dry year, there's a bit of water by the bridge Bridge where Cholame, Vineyard Canyon and Parkfield-Coalinga Roads meet Field, vineyard and hills west of Vineyard Canyon Road
   
The bridge north of town on the Parkfield-Coalinga Road Cholame Creek and hills beyond from the bridge Old fence in the bed of the creek Hills east of town in 2014
The bridge north of town on the Parkfield-Coalinga Road Cholame Creek and hills beyond from the bridge Old fence in the bed of the creek Hills east of town in 2014
     
The view looking east and north from the edge of Parkfield
Panoramic view looking east and north from the edge of Parkfield
Hills east of the San Benito County Fairgrounds Grape vines above Highway 25 by fairgrounds In Limekiln State Park, Big Sur area Coastal cliffs at Capitola
Hills east of the San Benito County Fairgrounds Grape vines above Highway 25 by fairgrounds In Limekiln State Park, Big Sur area (Teri Liddle photo) Coastal cliffs at Capitola
   
Santa Cruz Mountains from Henry Cowell Redwodos Park Monterey Bay The Santa Cruz sandhills A misty scene in Big Sur
Santa Cruz Mountains from Henry Cowell Redwodos Park Monterey Bay The Santa Cruz sandhills A misty scene in Big Sur
    
Kreyenhagen Peak near Coalinga Hay in the field next to Parkfield CA Parkfield hay field, guarded by ancient valey oak 2016 was the first year for round bales at Parkfield
Kreyenhagen Peak near Coalinga (by Wes Thiessen) Hay bales near Parkfield CA Parkfield hay field, guarded by ancient valey oak

2016 was the first year for round bales at Parkfield

   
Hills rise abruptly from the flat Cholame Valley near Parkfield
Hills rise abruptly from the flat Cholame Valley near Parkfield
  
Round bales against the steep hills east of Cholame Valley
Round bales against the steep hills east of Cholame Valley
 
One of many little canyons near San Luis reservoirr The view from Henry Coe State Park visitor center Oak Flat Ranch, dating from 1877, in the hills above Morgan Hill The start of the Forest Trail in Henry Coe State Park
One of many little canyons near San Luis reservoir The view from Henry Coe State Park visitor center Oak Flat Ranch, dating from 1877, in the hills above Morgan Hill The start of the Forest Trail in Henry Coe State Park
  
Colorful rock near San Luis Reservoir
Colorful rock near San Luis Reservoir
              
Death Valley
Black rocks near the western border of Death Valley Park Panamint Valley from Father Crowley Vista Panamint Valley and Mountains Gray cliffs near Zabriskie Point
Black rocks near the western border of Death Valley Park Panamint Valley from Father Crowley Vista Panamint Valley and Mountains Gray cliffs near Zabriskie Point
   
Fascinating formations at Zabriskie Point A closer look Another Zabriskie Point view Still another Zabriskie Point view
Fascinating formations at Zabriskie Point A closer look Another Zabriskie Point view Read about the geology of the area here
   
Looking at Death Valley a mile below from Dante Lookout We had to use binoculars to determine that the curved line is actually a road Another Dante Lookout view Heading into Natural Bridge Canyon
Looking at Death Valley a mile below from Dante Lookout

It took binoculars to determine that the curved line is actually a road

Another Dante Lookout view

Heading into Natural Bridge Canyon

      
The bridge Looking toward Death Valley through the bridge Chute created by seasonal waterfall near Natural Bridge Artist Palette
The bridge Looking toward Death Valley through the bridge Chute created by seasonal waterfall near Natural Bridge Along Artist Drive
      
Along Artist Drive Another view along the drive Dunes east of Stovepipe Wells Mosaic rock in Mosaic Canyon
Artist Palette Another view along the drive Dunes east of Stovepipe Wells Mosaic rock in Mosaic Canyon
      
Layered marble in the canyon Looks like ancient mud flows Looking toward the opening of the canyon Water carved "chimney" in Mosaic Canyon
Layered marble in the canyon Looks like ancient mud flows

Looking toward the opening of the canyon

Water carved "chimney" in Mosaic Canyon
   
Panoramic view of Artist Palette
Panoramic view of Artist Palette
    
 

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