Here's your pic for today:
Usually my phone-camera does not like to show me the canyon road that leads down to my employer. It makes it all black to compensate for the brightness of the sun, but today it let the colors and shadows come out.
What strikes you (at least me) is how the eye can fill in what had been the continuation of the hill and how much earth had to be moved for the road-cut to make that gentle incline up the hill. It's like that all the way through the canyon. Seeing that, it's easily understood why whenever we have three consecutive days of moderate rain, there will be mudslides and that road will close. We've kind of forgotten this since we haven't had much rain for a few years now.
Supposedly California is remnant piece of an old continent crashing into the North American Plate. Which is why we have the San Andreas Fault and the Sierras rising up--and gold. All of the California gold coalesced deep underground and was pushed up into the Sierras where erosion gathered it all into placer deposits where greedy people like my gold-digging ancestors could come and pick it up as nuggets.
So if anyone ever tells you that California doesn't seem like it belongs to America, they are speaking a geological truth.
See you tomorrow.