California: Yosemite National Park - California Naturescapes
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Orchard Grove

Location: Central Valley of California aka San Joaquin Valley.

Here is a view of Almond orchards from the Central Valley of California. This part of California is one of the most fertile areas in the world producing large quantities of almonds, peaches, nectarines and other fruits and nuts which get supplied all over the world. I drive through Central Valley on my way to Yosemite and find the views very appealing. the arrangement and sheer expanse of these orchards is something to see in person. Weather it's winter, which is when I shot this image, or spring the views of these orchards is phenomenal.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS @ 121mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 1/4sec at f/22 and ISO 200
Filters: No filters
Post Processing: White balance and green hue/saturation adjustment

Yosemite is the arguably the most beautiful national park. It's grandeur and the time scale it took to evolve is very humbling. I learnt that the granite peaks started out as molten magma deep below the earth's surface about 100 million years ago. Merced river then carved it into a "V" shaped valley and finally glaciers shaped it into its present day "U" shape. The beauty of the valley has inspired many. It's lush forests, tall granite peaks, amazing monoliths and beautiful waterfalls are so pristine that a visit to the park often overwhelms the senses. A visit here at least once in lifetime is a must.

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