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There Goes The Neighborhood

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BLM proposes oil-drilling leases near Zion National Park- see link below

 

Oil and Gas Drilling Next To Zion NP

 

 

The Hills Are Alive With The Color Of Green

That drought that caused brush fires in California that I highlighted earlier this week, is now a recent memory.  California gets rain in the winter and the hills get green, but this winter , they are green green. These hills are east of Paso Robles, on the way to the San Joaquin Valley.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have produced new growth in the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

A rainbow appears just after a rainstorm in rural California

Where there are clouds, rain and sunlight, look out for the ephemeral rainbow.

How did this happen? The sun is round, right?

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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.

POINT LOBOS SUNSET

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Pacific Sunsets Without The Sun

You don’t necessarily need the sun in your image to produce good sunset shots. It’s the soft light from the sun shining on nearby objects that can result in a memorable image.

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the Pacific Ocean at California's central coast.

 

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the Pacific Ocean at California's central coast.

 

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the Pacific Ocean at California's central coast.

 

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the Pacific Ocean at California's central coast.

 

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the Pacific Ocean at California's central coast.

 

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the hills along California's central coast.

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the hills along California’s central coast.

California’s Eucalyptus Trees

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.

 

A stand of eucalyptus trees along California's Pacific Coast at Montana De Oro State Park

 

A stand of eucalyptus trees along California's Pacific Coast at Montana De Oro State Park

 

A stand of eucalyptus trees along California's Pacific Coast at Montana De Oro State Park

Scorched Earth

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.[1]   

Thankfully, heavy rains and snow in California in December and January have alleviated the drought to some extent.

 

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Reported wildfires this past autumn in California

High Elevation Zion

The upper elevations receive more snow than the main canyon at Zion, so naturally, I had to check it out. Looked more like the Sierras in California.

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park as seen fron Kolob Terrace

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park as seen fron Kolob Terrace

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park as seen fron Kolob Terrace

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park as seen fron Kolob Terrace

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park as seen fron Kolob Terrace

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park as seen fron Kolob Terrace

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park as seen fron Kolob Terrace

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park as seen fron Kolob Terrace

Images Of 2016

My favorite images from 2016. I enjoyed the adventure of capturing them all for my website Dawn2Dawn Photography   Looking forward to a great 2017. Happy New Years everyone. Watch in HD at full screen. Music is “Stranger Still” by Vetiver and can be purchased at iTunes

 

More Snowy Zion Scenes

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

 

Fresh snow blankets a bicycle shop just outside Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

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Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

A Zion Christmas Morning

Fresh photos of this morning’s snow at Zion National Park, Utah.

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

Fresh snow blankets ion National Park on Christmas morning.

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park on Christmas morning.

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