California’s Landscapes: Napa Valley, Yosemite and Santa Barbara

California is a state with a hugely varied environment – from sprawling metropolitan cities like LA, to the awe-inspiring granite monoliths and giant sequoias in Yosemite, to manicured vineyards in Napa, winding coastal drives from Monterrey to Santa Barbara via Big Sur, and vast grasslands and productive farmlands connecting them all.

This post is a simple gallery slide show some photographs I took of those landscapes from my Napa, Yosemite and Santa Barbara stops. All of these places were very beautiful, but trekking through Yosemite doing my best Ansel Adam’s  impression was one of my best moments of the whole trip. Enjoy!

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Notes:

Amtrak: I travelled down the coast to LA on the train network, stopping at various places from San Francisco including Santa Barbara. Ticket prices vary depending on stops but part of my route was on Pacific Surfliner which hugs the Californian coast for some beautiful views.

Camera: I’m currently working from a Nikon D40 with 18-55mm lens – it is a basic model which came out in 2006. It’s my first ever DSLR and very much a great practice camera to get used to settings and choosing functions. I bought it second hand for roughly £150 a few years ago.

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