We had some consistent good rain last couple of weeks, When it finally cleared up today, leaving us this beautiful panoramic view of our local mountains. A series of storms has brought a rare wet winter to the state, sending snow levels plunging and creating some surreal scenes Californians won’t soon forget. We have snow every year but mostly on the higher mountains and not as much and not on lower ranges. Unfortunately we were not in a place with some nice foreground to make it more interesting but it show just how much snow we had and this was taken with a cell phone.
This is SOOOO completely different to our winters in the lowlands. It is clearing up now and the sun comes out but we often have fog and sit inside this for days.
The bright Southern sun gives such another winter light. The mountain chain in the distance with a good layer of snow on its peaks looks great. This feels like our spring :-) Saw a great docu on T.C. Boyle last night. He often writes in the Sierras where he rents a house. I thought "got to go back to California, too long I was away". Sooner or later ... yes.
Jo and I just got back from Paradise on Wednesday evening and it was really cold in San Jose as we walked out of the terminal. When we were driving home on Thursday there was snow on the range of mountains east of the Santa Clara Valley and some snow south of Holister as well. It is really, really rare that these mountains get snow except on Mt. Hamilton, maybe once every 10 years or so. The snow on the Sierra Nevada really stood out even from Los Banos. Amazing! I guess this weekend we can expect more and the morning newspaper said to expect snow on the I-5 over The Grapevine.
I have never really liked the LA Basin but right after a storm such as this one it is really pretty as your image shows.