This is the best time of the year here in the Central Valley. The hint of rain in the air, billowy rain clouds frame azure skys and the attributes for great pictures are there.
California is called the Golden State, and for good reason. The state flower is the golden poppy and when the conditions are good and the rain is adaquate the hills will glow with the golden color of the poppy. Last year the rains did not come and the poppies were not very plentiful and the show was not very good. Wild flowers did not come as well. This year was different.
These are the golden hills of California.
Carpets of wildflowers blanket the backdrop of blue cloud filled skys and majestic oak trees.
Lupins and poppies.
This ground squirrell gets some air.
Three generations of oak.