California Gold

“The Golden State” has been the official California State Nickname since 1968. Some sources attribute the name to California’s gold rush, while others associate the name with the golden poppies that blanket the state in the springtime. For us inhabitants of the lower elevations, the name is chiefly signified by the lovely dry grasses of summer that carpet nearly every square inch of ground that isn’t irrigated or paved over. As you can see, the grasses are particularly beautiful when backlit by the early morning sun in the height of summer.

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