For me, Bear Mountain has always been something of a reference point. Any time I travel back to Bakersfield the first thing I look for is either Bear Mountain or Breckenridge Mountain. The two mountains are neighbors, and when the air is clear, and they are visible, they become my visual anchors.
This particular image conveys some of the visual possibilities that the southern San Joaquin Valley can offer. I hope that with the coming rains that these hills again become green, and that the poppies again offer their orange highlights to the landscape.