Carrizo Plain: Day One

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California / Carrizo Plian / Floral Photography / Flower / Landscape / Nature / Photography


On the first day, clouds marked the sky. And it was good.


And we were wet with rain and frozen by wind and pelted by hail and splattered in mud, and we did not care.


For the Earth was carpeted with yellow and red and purple and blue and we were soar amazed.


Tomorrow: Poppy Paradise.

(Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD. Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 2.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. Derek says

    How gorgeous. Seems like a wonderful trip. Wonderful shots as usual. Love the drama especially in shot 3.


  2. I love shots 2 and 3 in particular and when I look at 3 I can surely hear the chorus of angels too! Really wonderful and I’m sure Jacob’s ladder is just about to materialise in the middle of the God Light. Photo 4 reminds me of the hills around Cromwell in Central Otago here in NZ. They have so many moods, depending on the light.


  3. I always find it dramatic when a dark sky looms over a bright earth, as especially in the first photograph.

    Looking forward to the countdown reaching Day Zero.


  4. Carolle-Ann Mochernuk, says

    Michael – Otherworldly! Where is the Carrizo Plain! To see this in person must be awe-inspiring. Thank you.


    • Thanks Carolle-Ann! Otherworldly is exactly the word. Carrizo Plain is Central California east of San Luis Obispo. Click the link in yesterday’s post for more info.


    • Thanks Melinda. As we were driving in from the west, we saw a mass of clouds and we both thought it too good to be true. It was true. As I said in another reply, I rarely post straight landscapes — but these were worthy. Glad you liked ’em.


  5. Cathy Lane says

    Even though this was unexpected, the weather adds so much drama to the scene…..I truly liked it!


  6. Wonderful drama, light, lines, and color in these images. I have to say, thanks to you, I have a new appreciation for landscape photography!


  7. Oh, those deep purple clouds…the first and last photos are favorites. You must have been very excited to see that front coming, or to come upon it – or whatever!


  8. Michael, Your work is absolutely spectacular. I’ve spent some of this morning taking a deeper dive into your site and I’m sitting here in humbled awe.

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