Photographer's Note

This photo was taken when we were driving along Pacific Coast Highway #1 in California. This is the Santa Lucia Mountains or Santa Lucia Range. This is a mountain range in coastal California, running from Monterey southeast for 105 miles to San Luis Obispo. The highest summit is Junipero Serra Peak, 1,784 metres (5,853 feet, in Monterey County. It is part of the Pacific Coast Ranges.

Like all other Pacific Coast Ranges, these mountains are close enough to the Pacific Ocean and high enough to force incoming moisture upward, making the west side wet and fit for conifers to grow. This creates a rain shadow over Salinas Valley to the east, which is considerably drier. The higher peaks receive snowfall during the winter.

The rain just stopped when I took this photo. Just a portion of the top of the mountain range recieved light from the sun coming from the right hand side of the photograph.

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