The southern Santa Clara Valley is a coastal valley located 90 miles south of San Francisco and about 20 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean as the crow flies. In the spring, the green hills come to life for about two months before turning golden brown for the summer and fall months. Stone fences, though common in the UK, are an anomaly in California, though they do exist. This scene has always reminded me of my wife's home in Yorkshire, though the hills there remain green all year.
I found this setting on another early morning drive through the eastern hillsides about 15 minutes from my home. The last remnants of morning fog were dissipating yet still clinging to the Santa Ana Peaks. The oak-dotted hillside contrasted nicely with the morning sky.
Though I travel a lot in search of landscape images, I constantly have to remind myself that beauty resides within minutes of where I live. I'm sure this is true of many of you. We tend to overlook our own surroundings as they become commonplace to us. No outside photographer (amateur or professional) knows your area as well as you. Get out and explore and try to keep a fresh perspective on familiar scenes, you will be amazed at the potential joys that await.
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