The Beauty of Southern California: A Picture Story
- There is Beauty in the Desert: Riverside, California through Pictures
Although the southern California city, Riverside, is considered a semi-desert, there is beauty to be found there. Riverside also has a rich history. It is the birthplace of the California Citrus Industry, home to the famous Mission Inn Hotel, as well
For those that have ever traveled through southern California, it is like its own little country. I live in a city called Riverside which is considered a “semi-desert.” I am about forty five minutes from the nearest beach, an hour from the mountains, and an hour from the desert.
In this hub posting, I share photos that I have taken during my southern California adventures with my wife Marilyn. I am always amazed at all the beauty that this very small portion of the world offers. It doesn’t matter if you are journeying to the desert, mountains, beaches, or the city.
Each place is unique and beautiful in its own particular way.
Take for instance Joshua Tree National Park. This place has unique rock formations along with the famous Joshua Trees that populate the area. The beaches are a welcoming place during the hot summer days in southern California. The sound of the waves is very therapeutic and relaxing. The mountains offer beauty and tranquility. There is something special about the scent of pine and the cool crisp air. I always feel very at peace when my wife and I are in the mountains. Then there is the beauty of museums and the many botanic gardens located in southern California that transports a person to another place and time. Each place also shares a unique history. For those history buffs, Riverside was the birthplace of the California Citrus Industry. I share more about this in my other article entitled "There is Beauty in the Desert: Riverside, California through Pictures." There is a link to that article in this post.
The Photo Stops
Below are all the places that we had taken photographs during our southern California adventure. I also provide website links for those that want more information on the different places that we visited.
Dana Point Beach
Museums and Botanic Gardens
The Huntington Library
The Getty Museum
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens
Jurupa Mountains Cultural Center
UCR Botanic Gardens
San Juan Capistrano Mission
Richard Nixon Library
Canyon Crest Towne Centre
Joshua Tree National Park
California State Citrus Park (Riverside)
San Diego Zoo
Safari Animal Park (Escondido)
Glen Ivy Center (Corona)
Common Ground (Corona)
Lake Shrine (Pacific Palisades)
Other Places of Interest
About the Song "Look Up"
This song was written by Will Phelps and John Kopko. The song is inspirational and uplifting. It is about a person that has forgotten their way. This individual is caught up in life’s dramas and believes they are powerless. However, the song helps us to transcend the limiting beliefs we have about ourselves that stop us back from fulfilling our dreams.
We are as powerful as we believe we are.