In One Picture: the San Joaquin Valley’s Beauty
I love live blogging from a train!
I am currently on my way to San Francisco via Amtrak rail, and as the sun rose this early morning, I could not be helped by the San Joaquin Valley's subtle beauty. Much of the rest of the state is quick to dismiss this region for being a dull, boring area full of farms. But these farms, which feed California, much of the U.S. and even the world, have their own unqualified splendor. The rows of trees, the occasional lone farmhouse, the rows of grapevines all contribute to the incredible bounty central California offers. True, industrial farming rules the roost here and is behind many of the challenges San Joaquin Valley residents confront. But there are smaller farms growing amazing products and we need to celebrate them way more than we do now.
This picture is of the San Joaquin River between Fresno and Madera counties. I know, it looks like the set of Lord of the Rings. I found the sunset and the mist from the fog irresistible. And by the way, no Instagram filter was used!
Part of the on-again, off-again In One Picture Series.