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.


San Joaquin River, Fresno, Leon Kaye, San Joaquin Valley

San Joaquin River, north of Fresno

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.