Windshield Views: April 24, 2013

The San Joaquin Valley is most lovely this time of year. The colors are at their purest with no summer haze or winter fog to dilute their intensity. It is all about contrasts.

Almonds are fully leafed. From afar (at 70 MPH) the outside trees look like brilliant-green, ostrich feather fans against the dark green of the orchard middles.

Table-top-level wheat and barley fields are ripening and are a delicate shade of yellow. Some fields have been harvested and stacks of golden bales stand out against long lines of orchards on the horizon.