Wildflowers near Shandon
Time of day: Morning, 2 hours after sunrise
March 21, 2010
Casse and I took a weekend trip to California’s Central Coast in search of wildflowers. We didn’t have much luck finding wildflower scenes that lent themselves readily to landscape photography until we were heading back home when we encountered this scene on Highway 46.
I had heard great things about Hwy 58 in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County so we proceeded south from Fresno on Hwy 99 to Bakersfield and west on Hwy 58 across the Temblor Range into SLO County. Hwy 58 can be treacherous with a couple of 90 degree turns on short notice. An Ol’ Timer had warned us that many deaths were attributed to these sharp turns so we were prepared for them.
But we were not prepared for the ho-hum wildflower show. I guess the folks that rant and rave about this highway (58) have enjoyed the beauty without having to compose a compelling landscape photo. Who knows, maybe this was just not that good a year for flowers in this area or perhaps we were too early for the show.
Ah but the Central Coast boasts of many wineries and fine restaurants so we enjoyed wine-tasting and eat well.
While driving back to Fresno on Sunday morning we encountered this hillside on Hwy 46 as we passed through the Coast Range near Shandon, California.
I love the many colors in this scene but the blues and magentas seem to bring it together for me.
No filters were used in this shot. Taken on an overcast day and processed with impressionist filter. In my view, the impressionist filter essentially blurs the image and basically makes us step back and enjoy the overall scene.