"To Boldly Grow Where No Man Had Lawn Before"
I actually think the first image is iconic!
Yeah, it was pretty cool to look at, like an old orange-crate label--wish there were some orange groves still around!
Oooooo ..... my favorite freeway route from Orange County, the 57. If I turn west at the 60 I have this view almost all the way home. Methinks that is Mt. Baden-Powell, 9,407 feet (2,867 m) in elevation. The snowy mountains fronted by the palms is an iconic view, however. Today was 81F, snow is melting off fast.
It was a real treat to see the mountains looking so beautiful. I already miss the rain!
No, I'm wrong, that is Mt. Baldy (Mount San Antonio). The summit has two peaks: the main peak, elevation 10,064 feet (3,068 m), and a sub-peak, West Baldy, at 9,988 feet (3,044 m).
I sort of thought so, after perusing a map to see the direction the 57 points in that area, but I never did learn which mountain was which--they are a greater and more constant presence for you, I think.
:: like an old orange-crate label--wish there were some orange groves still around! ::Wonderful image. Are there really not even any remnant grovelets?
There are a couple nearby. They are as beautiful as can be.
GREAT photos! Like Gerhard, I feel that first photo says a lot about the positives of California (but the freeway photo maybe not so much). You do seem to have a better view of the mountains in OC. A friend and I were there (to visit Roger's and The Farmhouse) and she literally gasped when she saw the snow-capped mountains in her rear-view mirror as we drove. I can see the snow at intervals from our backyard but the haze and clouds prevent us from getting a clear view most of the time.
How did you like The Farmhouse? The snow makes them more visible--I didn't realize it but taking one of my routes home from the grocery store I can see them. Without the snow they don't draw the eye nearly so much.
Re The Farmhouse, the food was good but it was surprisingly loud even though we were technically outdoors. But then there were at least 2 baby showers, one wedding shower and lots of other large groups...
The "in" place right now!
During my visit to Pitzer and the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden those snowy mountains were never out of my sight. At the time it was a constant reminder of what I'd left behind in Portland.
Here it's kind of an event. Actual a distant visual eye candy event that doesn't destroy our gardens, make driving impossible, or force us to wear coats.
Snow and palm trees...the best of both worlds.
Most especially when the snow is in the distance, away from one's own tender plants!
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