Most folks only know California by what they have seen of Disney Land, or maybe Fisherman's Wharf. They take a cultural swab of California's hinter lands while passing through on I-5 doing 85 miles per hour, conclude there is not much too see and all the time having missed this...........................
Title: Thunderheads over Panoche
Photo and retouching by: Jeremiah Watt
Painter's Paradise that I live in. Okay, okay, yes I was once one of those folks who thought very little of California. Matter of fact, I swore I would never live here......ever! We both fell in love with this state the first time we drove through it together, we drove over to visit with our friends the Nueberts while they worked on a ranch in Paicines Cal.
I was astounded at how beautiful it was once you got away from the hustle and bustle of the coastal urban areas, let me see if I can impress you with stats, I think it says that 72% of Cal's population lives within 55 miles of the coast. Leaves alot of room for me and cow don't you think.
If you can traverse California by car, taking the back roads and hitting the small towns, bring your camera or easel becasue the views will stun you. They are stunning in every season, no matter if you chase landscapes to paint, rural buildings, or cowboys at work..............we have plenty of all of it.
The seasons of California are great, mild and each has its intrinsic beauty. The greens of our spring rival anything that Ireland can come up with , especially a spring like the one we just had, our hills are covered with a thousand shades of green. I admit, it took a while, but over time I have come to love our golden season as well. That soft golden hue in evening light of dry grass on hillsides, dotted with the Oaks which are abundant in most areas of California.
Isn't it hot Jeremiah, they ask me. Heck yes its hot...............but ain't it cold in North Dakota. Simple cowboy logic, which do you dream of seeing your wife in, a bikini...........or a pair of Carr-Hart over-alls???