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King's Beach, Lake Tahoe, on the north shore
Desert Gold wildflowers at Ashley Mill, Death Valley
This radiant sunflower was in a community garden in the small town of Benecia, east of San Francisco.
Anemone found in its natural habitat, Malibu Beach
Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Wnter Olympics
The West Walker River parallels Highway 395 on the eastern side of California's Sierra Nevadas. Highway 395 has an endless list of scenic attractions.
Along Route 1 on the Sonoma coastline stood this cozy farmhouse. The cow in the foreground is NOT wearing a biker's helmet, as it might appear. He just has some weird markings.
Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park
D L Bliss State Park on Lake Tahoe's west side has a number of sights to see, including this nice beach and hiking trails.
Despite the rugged and thunderous coastline at Monterey Bay's Pacific Grove, one can find much solitude.
Morro Bay harbor
Pacific Grove on Monterey Bay
Above: Along the Monterey Bay trail at Pacific Grove
Below: In an area called Pleasant Valley, near Bishop on Highway 395
Above: Morro Bay sand dunes
Below: Corral Hollow Road, Tracy
Above: The Chimney Rock Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore
Below: the lighthouse at Point Reyes
Mesquite Sand Dunes, Death Valley
Arched Rock, one of several state beaches along the Sonoma Coast
Thousands of Phalaropes visit Mono Lake, along Highway 395 on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevadas.
Seagulls on Morro Bay beach
A California Quail seen at Point Reyes National Seashore
Brown pelicans fly over Marina Beach
Along the Glacier Point Trail, Yosemite
At the Tahoe Keys Marina, South Tahoe
At the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville
Ancient Bristlecone Pines are known to have been in existance for more than 4000 years. There are a few forests of them in the U.S. , and this one is outside of Bishop on Highway 395 east of the Sierra Nevadas. A four-mile trail leads you through the forest.
Below: Another bristlecone pine on the same trail looked like a violin bow to me. So, I took a picture of it.
This massive Sequoia tree trunk is in the Mariposa Sequoia Grove at Yosemite's south entrance.
Tamales Bay is a little inlet on the larger Bodega Bay, just north of the Point Reyes National Seashore. It's there you can find the small town of Marshall,, where Nick's Cove Restaurant seems to be the biggest hit in town.
The outdoor pool at the William Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California
Morro Rock is the landmark for Morro Bay, a picturesque coastal town with a nice restaurant/shopping area, a nice beach and both a state park and a city park. It's located south of Monterey Bay
Mono Lake on Highway 395 east of the Sierra Nevadas
Taken at Duncan's Landing, one of several Sonoma coast state beaches
Horse riders on Morro Bay beach
Moss Landing, a small beach with big waves; located just north of Marina Beach on Monterey Bay
Sentinel Dome, Yosemite
William Hearst appreciated art and so adorned his castle with many pieces such as this one.
An unnamed mountain at Yosemite; dark clouds exaggerate the colors in the mountain.
The Pierce Ranch, once a major creamery and dairy farm at Poiint Reyes National Seashore
The White Mountains of the eastern Sierra Nevadas and, in the foreground, the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine on Highway 395
An unusually harsh winter at Yosemite means an abundant amount of snow melt. As a result, the water falls, such as this one, the Upper Yosemite Fall, was spectacular.
Fallen Leaf Lake and, towering above it, Mt. Tallac are located just south of Lake Tahoe. This lake is where scenes from "The Bodyguard" (1992) with Kevin Costner and the late Whitney Houston were filmed. It was to here that they escaped, to stay at Kevin Costner's father's cabin on the lake.
Clouds over the eastern side of the Sierra Nevadas
The massive El Capitan, Yosemite
I was told that when this ice-plant type ground cover is in bloom with bright yellow flowers it's simply brilliant. And I'm sure it is, but I thought even with its 'winter' color it's still pretty impressive. This photo was taken on the Sonoma coast at Dawson's Landing, one of several state beaches along the Highway One.
A view of Half Dome from Sentinel Dome, Yosemite
A cormorant with eyes-wide-open hoping for a free meal, on the Capitola Wharf
The Carmel Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea
A starfish in its natural environs on Malibu Beach
Napa Valley's purple dots, taken on the Silverado Trail between the town of Napa and Calistoga
Beach rentals in the small coastal town of Capitola on the norther end of Monterey Bay
The wetlands at Morro Bay
Above: The San Luis Reservoir in Merced County
Below: Elk at the San Luis Reservoir
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Sunset at Morro Bay
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