There'd Be A Better Snow View If The Palm Trees Were Not There

There would be a better view of the snowy San Gabriel Mountains if those Palm trees were not in the way.  

Distant snow, freeway driving, sunny and 75F.  Like it or not, it's California.  

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    1. Yeah, it was pretty cool to look at, like an old orange-crate label--wish there were some orange groves still around!

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  2. 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.

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    1. It was a real treat to see the mountains looking so beautiful. I already miss the rain!

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  3. 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).

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    1. 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.

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  4. :: like an old orange-crate label--wish there were some orange groves still around! ::

    Wonderful image. Are there really not even any remnant grovelets?

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    1. There are a couple nearby. They are as beautiful as can be.

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  5. 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.

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    1. 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.

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    2. 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...

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  6. 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.

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    1. 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.

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  7. Snow and palm trees...the best of both worlds.

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    1. Most especially when the snow is in the distance, away from one's own tender plants!

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