The last bit of light from the sunset over the Pacific Ocean illuminates distant clouds creating a rainbow of soft pastels as cotton candy blue fog rolls over the deep green pines and grassy hills of the California foothills. The fog condenses as it is forced over the hilltops and the moisture feeds water hungry forest below. Walk down into the pines on a day like this and you will quickly find yourself in a full blown rainstorm but it's nothing more than the fog condensing on the canopy high above. This type of scenery covers most of the California coast from Big Sur up to Redwood National Park where the trees finally overtake the grassy foothills completely.

© Darvin Atkeson

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