BLM proposes oil-drilling leases near Zion National Park- see link below
This image I shot at Point Lobos at Carmel, California shows a distorted sun at sunset. The top of the solar disc is a mirage, an optical phenomenon in which distant objects may seem distorted. Mirages of this type occur at high latitudes when a warm layer of air rests on a cold layer. The light rays coming from an object (here the Sun) are bent down from the warm layer producing the distorted image. And by the way, the sun appears red at sunset because of particulates in the atmosphere (which the suns rays must travel through at sunset) cause blue light to scatter and leaving the sun red.
Originally imported from Australia during the 1850s because of its appearance and use for lumber, the Eucalyptus Tree is prevalent throughout California. It was determined that it took 100 years of growth to be a sufficient lumber product, so the growing of Eucalyptus was relegated as a wind breaker or for its oil.
These Eucalyptus images are from Montana De Oro State Park along California’s Central Coast.
Remnants from a brush-fire ravaged scene at Placerita Canyon, California. As of December 11, 2016, 6,938 fires had burned 565,070 acres (2,286.8 km2), according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Thankfully, heavy rains and snow in California in December and January have alleviated the drought to some extent.