driving california

August 21, 2011 |  Category:   life travels

The landscape around Yosemite and the drive towards San Francisco is so foreign and different especially because we’re mostly used to Northeast and Northwest landscapes and terrains. I’ve driven it before, but not in a while. And really, there’s not too much to see except parched yellow grass, cows and some trees, but when the sun begins to go down the ride turns into something else all together. The sunset lingers across the entire stretch of the horizon with glowing edges at the ends of the earth. At this hour, the landscape takes on a dramatic turn when the windmills come into view. Silhouetted by the sunset, the rotation of the turbines mesmerize and I’m glad to be able to burn this image into memory once again.

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  • Seema August 21, 2011 at 7:21 am

    The sky looks amazing! It literally does look like the Earth is just glowing… hope you are having a wonderful time! I have never driven in the US but this tempts me for sure to rent car some day and just do it.

  • kristin August 21, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I’ve driven this route so many times. Thanks for reminding me of it. I’ve missed it!

  • aqua6 August 21, 2011 at 11:50 am

    What a small world! I grew up near here, in Livermore. The Altamont Pass always did feel a bit strange, especially with the windmills. A lot of the Bay Area pollution gets “trapped” in the valley there and creates beautiful pink/orange sunsets.

  • mickie August 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    gorgeous…really beautiful

  • Caroline August 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Fantastic photography…

  • allison August 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    ohh, these photos make me homesick, which is strange to say because i consider myself a midwesterner (born in minneapolis, lived in phoenix 14 years, moved to kansas city a few months ago). i have driven that california route so, so many times, and there is something so peaceful and foreignly beautiful about the vast, empty desert landscape. i don’t know if i could ever go back to living there, but thank you for showing the beauty that will always exist.

  • Katherines Corner August 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    lovely 🙂

  • nikkiana August 22, 2011 at 12:21 am

    What beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  • Meghann @ Fuzzy.Little.Wishballs August 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

    What a peaceful sunset. Other than airplane and car sickness, your trip seems to be coming along quite nicely. Here’s wishing you more relaxing and enjoyable moments to come.

  • mosey August 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    beautiful… i can picture it perfectly

  • lori August 23, 2011 at 2:34 am

    welcome to california! that’s a really pretty photo of the freeway. i hope you get a chance to drive hwy 1 down the coast. there’s a lot more to see.

  • Jen August 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    There are huge windmills in Indiana between Indianapolis and Chicago that look similar to those in your pictures. It’s daunting to see them in the horizon and when you’re up close to them they are incredibly tall.

  • Krystal/Village August 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    these are really gorgeous!!

  • eBridge advertising September 3, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Good to know that The sunset lingers across the entire stretch of the horizon with glowing edges at the ends of the earth…great post!

  • coupons online September 29, 2011 at 3:52 am

    The sky looks beautiful,such a lovely picture of he landscape around Yosemite and the drive towards San Francisco.Loved watching it.Thanks for sharing.

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