John & Anne Wiley

2013/01/18

Valley Views

I love California. Even when the hills are a furry golden brown in Winter. But after some rain, the green hills and valleys are also breathtaking in the morning and when evening light gently caresses their colors and shapes.

2553 Golden Green Flank

2553 Golden Green Flank

After we passed the golden tinged green flank of the hill descending into Santa Ynez, the old barn in the vineyard by the airport was lit by our “Heiligenschein” (near the top-center where our shadow would be if closer).

2556 Heiligenschein Vines

2556 Heiligenschein Vines

Since the term for it is such a mouthful, I tend to just call it a “Glory” even tho that’s not technically what this type of “anti-solar” effect is. Oh well, eh? 🙂

As we climbed out of the airport toward Gaviota Pass, treetops taking their last glimpse of daylight in the valley brought a deep sigh that just happened again as I looked at it. What a magnificent planet we share!

2571 Last Glimpse of Day

2571 Last Glimpse of Day

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