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view from Keys View in Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP), California. The elevation here is about 5,100 ft. (1,555 meters) and the wind currents from the San Gorgonio pass can be very powerful. But that wind can be put to good, environmental use (I imaged the photograph on this page the same day as the image above -- very windy!).
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190° view from Keys View in Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP), California. The elevation here is about 5,100 ft. (1,555 meters) and the wind currents from the San Gorgonio pass can be very powerful. But that wind can be put to good, environmental use (I imaged the photograph on this page the same day as the image above -- very windy!). For the photo above, be sure to scroll your browser left to right so that you may see the entire panorama. I have captured many more JTNP pics; see the following pages: Cottonwood/Colorado-Desert Section, Wonderland of Rocks, Ryan Mountain, Lost Horse Valley, and Keys View (another, more scenic version of Keys view).

near Mt. Wilson road. This view faces west toward Mt. Baldy, Cucamonga and Ontario peak.
Above: A view from Southern California's Angeles National Forest (elevation roughly 4,700 ft.), near Mt. Wilson road. This view faces west toward Mt. Baldy, Cucamonga and Ontario peak. Yes -- you can ski just a few miles from palm trees! Visit Southern California for your next vacation.

A view from Southern California's Angeles National Forest
Above: A view from Southern California's Angeles National Forest (elevation roughly 6,300 ft.), near the ski town of Snowcrest. Here, cumulus (rain) clouds blanket eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino counties. Visit Southern California for your next vacation.

Spring sun-flowers in Malibu, California.
Above: Spring sun-flowers in Malibu, California. Visit Southern California for your next vacation.

Pacific sunset as seen from a beach in El Segundo, California.
Above: Pacific sunset as seen from a beach in El Segundo, California. Visit Southern California for your next vacation.

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Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 6:07 PM PST