Categories: California, Clouds and Sky, Outdoors, Photos, Travel, Winter
Photo: Storm clouds over road in Los Padres National Forest, Monterey County, California
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Just after the New Year holiday had passed, I had a chance to join a friend for a quick trip to the Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County. These are the mountains that form the spine of the Big Sur coast and includes at its heart the Ventana Wilderness. To put it simply, this is one seriously steep, rugged, and remote stretch of land. We arrived just as a winter storm was passing, and the sky was a solid blanket of clouds. Driving into the mountains at over 4,000′ elevation, we were soon traveling on a snow-covered dirt forest road. It felt like we were a thousand miles from civilization, but there was a joyful feeling knowing we were all but a few hours outside the Bay Area metropolis.
Photo: Tire tracks through fresh snow of road through the Los Padres National Forest, Monterey County, California
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Each of us in our respective 4WD vehicles had moments of snow-induced sliding as our trucks grappled for traction. While it would have sucked getting stuck in the snow in such a remote place, at that point I was having so much fun, I don’t think I would have cared too much if that happened. For the entire latter half of 2015, due to personal and household reasons, I just didn’t get out to take any photos just for the sheer joy of doing it. It was an activity that had been missing from my life for nearly five months. Now I was finally able to be out driving, enjoying nature, and maybe if I got a nice photo or two, that would be sheer icing on the cake. But the weather looked far less than promising, but it was more than enough for me to breathe deep in the fresh mountain air.
Photo: Dark storm clouds over the Los Padres National Forest, Monterey County, California
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About an hour before sunset, a small crack of light appeared underneath the clouds hanging over us. The opposing ridge line on the mountains across the valley slowly started to emerge. At first it was as if the landscape was Read the rest of this post »