Sunrise Over the Central Valley

DSC_0229 - Copy.JPGThis a shot of sunrise over Interstate 5 in the heart of California’s agricultural belt. I managed to take this photo before a semi-tractor trailer zoomed by. The momentary absence of trucks and the new sunlight give a pastoral sense to the surroundings. In reality, there is the never ending tension of growing crops and getting them to market.

Sunrise at 70 MPH

I rarely witness sunrises but I got one this week at 70 mph—my speed, not the sun’s. I was driving I-5 South near the Newman exit at dawn. Ok, Newman is in the heart of California’s agricultural zone and that means hazy sunrises. This one had promise, but I didn’t have time to stop, so I clicked this photo with the window down.

DSC_0226 - CopyI’ve passed up dozens of landscape wonders this year while driving. Most scenes were rolling hills with fog and sun. Not stopping is sometimes a safety decision—no place to turn off. Or, I’m running late. Or, and this is the major reason, I simply have a hard time slowing down for a photo-op. Yesterday was a compromise.