Photos from California

The name California was first applied to the island of California at what is now the southern tip of Baja California by a Spanish expedition in 1533. Spanish missionaries began setting up missions along the coast and later trappers and settlers from the U.S. and Canada began to arrive in the region. California is an amazingly diverse land, that's got it all : deserts, giant trees, high mountains, waterfalls, the most cosmopolitan city of the US, a beautiful coastlines and much more.

golden gate bridge

San Francisco : the Golden Gate bridge (more bridges photos)


Mission San Juan Bautista

Mission San Juan Bautista


Lone Cypress

Lone Cypress on the coast


napa valley geyser

the "Old Faithful" geyser near Calistoga, Napa valley
It erupts approximately every 20-30 minutes


mono lake

Mono lake : rock formations became visible as the water level dropped.


Death Valley

Death Valley : mud hills at Zabrisky point
(more deserts)


bodie ghost town

Bodie Ghost town, a former wild-west village in a state of frozen ruin.


San Francisco

San Francisco sky-scrapers in the fog


chinatown san francisco

San Francisco : a confusion of signs in Chinatown


san francisco street

San Francisco street


Tunnel View yosemite

"tunnel view" - Yosemite National Park


yosemite california

Yosemite National Park : waterfall, pine trees and granite cliffs


Mirror lake

Mirror Lake, Yosemite Nat. Park
(more reflections photos)


Sequoia National Park

Sequoia Nat.Park in the mountain mist


Yosemite National Park

Waterfall in Yosemite Nat. Park
(more waterfalls)


Devils Postpiles

Basalt columns of the "Devils Postpiles"


Devils Postpiles

Devils Postpiles : the top of the columns clearly shows their hexagonal shape
(I saw more such basalt columns in Armenia)


snow field

A comparison between a scorching hot place and a freezing one ...
Salt deposits in Death Valley and a snow covered field winter in Sweden

salt field





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