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    I've not lived in California, but even if the temperatures were similar, the humidity here is godawful in the summer. And, California has to be thought of in two if not three zones, doesn't it? SoCal is much warmer than NoCal as far as I can tell.
    The temps between So Cal and Nor Cal can be similar year around excluding our coastal areas, they do run cooler. We do have options of going to higher elevations at times and getting cooler temps, but it can be a bit of a drive depending upon where you're at. So Cal in the summer can flat be torture 100 to 120 degrees, again, depending upon where you're at. Death Valley holds the record at 134.
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    max 57F (14C) with 0.25" rain today.

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    The bluebells are loving the sunshine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Images View Post
    Death Valley holds the record at 134.
    Yes, in 1913. Death Valley (Badwater) is also the lowest (official) elevation in North America at -282-ft/-86-m below nominal sea level. So it's heating by compression because the column of air above it is higher, and thus weighs more, than anywhere else in the continent.

    The valley is a magnificent example of down-dropped fault block topography, also known as horst-and-graben, or basin-and-range, topography. It's caused by an extensional pulling apart of the North American Plate in the region which causes a thinning of the earth's crust.

    Driving into the monument is dramatic as one keeps descending into new valleys (the down-dropped basins) that just keep getting deeper and deeper. It's eerie to then stand at Badwater and look waaay up the side of the adjacent cliff to see the small sign that says "Sea Level". And there aren't too many inland places you can drive and see roadside signs like this one.

    Even more bizarre is the fact the highest elevation point in the contiguous United States, 14,505-ft/4,421-m Mt. Whitney in the Sierra Nevada mountains, is only about 85-mi/137-km away. It's an amazing place to behold.

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    Last edited by Ken Nadvornick; 05-13-2014 at 04:40 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Added link...
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    Yes, in 1913. Death Valley (Badwater) is also the lowest (official) elevation in North America at -282-ft/-86-m below nominal sea level. So it's heating by compression because the column of air above it is higher, and thus weighs more, than anywhere else in the continent.

    The valley is a magnificent example of down-dropped fault block topography, also known as horst-and-graben, or basin-and-range, topography. It's caused by an extensional pulling apart of the North American Plate in the region which causes a thinning of the earth's crust.

    Driving into the monument is dramatic as one keeps descending into new valleys (the down-dropped basins) that just keep getting deeper and deeper. It's eerie to then stand at Badwater and look waaay up the side of the adjacent cliff to see the small sign that says "Sea Level". And there aren't too many places you can drive and see roadside signs like this one.

    Even more bizarre is the fact the highest elevation point in the contiguous United States, 14,505-ft/4,421-m Mt. Whitney in the Sierra Nevada mountains, is only about 85-mi/137-km away. It's an amazing place to behold.

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    Ken, here is a look at both spots you've outlined.

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    Wow. Those are beautiful. Are they yours?



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    "When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."

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    Wow. Those are beautiful. Are they yours?



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    Yes, thank you for your kind comment. These are both with Mamiya RB67 ProSD and Velvia 50.
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    The weather here is blackflies, swarms of them. I don't think I've seen them this bad in town before. I've seen them much worse in the woods.
    Hopefully, it's due to less BTI treatments - which reduce the blackflies, but also reduce the crawfish, newts, frogs and etc. that live in the same creeks. I'll gladly donate some blood to see the other little critters come back

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    Lots of rain....I can hear the grass grow...
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    We're under a tornado watch until 1 am (started early this morning) and have already had one decently strong storm come through with hail. There was reportedly a tornado that touched near here, but I only have that 2nd or 3rd hand. The clouds look really cool, but I'd still prefer a New England snow storm to a tornado.



 

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