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The Beauty of Southern California: A Picture Story

Updated on May 7, 2012
The Getty Museum
The Getty Museum | Source

Southern California

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.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden | Source
Huntington Library
Huntington Library | Source
Marilyn at the Glen Ivy Center
Marilyn at the Glen Ivy Center | Source

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.

The Beaches
Dana Point Beach

Museums and Botanic Gardens
Cabot’s Museum

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

Riverside, California
Mount Rubidoux

Canyon Crest Towne Centre

Joshua Tree National Park

California State Citrus Park (Riverside)

San Diego Zoo

Safari Animal Park (Escondido)

Spiritual Centers
Glen Ivy Center (Corona)

Common Ground (Corona)

Lake Shrine (Pacific Palisades)

Other Places of Interest
Integratron (Landers)

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.

"Oh California" - Colin Hay


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      Terry Fatland 5 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Tammy. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. There is a lot of great things to see and do in southern California. :)

      As I said in the post, every place is unique in its own way.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Gorgeous hub with so many fun activities for all- indoors and out. I really want to visit Southern California one day. This hub is great incentive. :)

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      Terry Fatland 5 years ago from Southern California

      Hi HawaiiHeart. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub on southern California. There are a lot of beautiful places to explore. What I experienced was only a drop in the ocean.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Great hub - I lived in Southern California while going to school and I still visit there often, but can't wait to visit those spots you listed!

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      Terry Fatland 5 years ago from Southern California

      Barbergirl28, it's nice to see you again. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. I really enjoy taking pictures. It brings me great pleasure to share nature's beauty with others.

      That's funny that you called palm trees - pine trees. When we first moved out to Riverside, my sister and I thought the palm trees were going to fall on top of us. Of course this never happened.

      On a simliar note, in regards to a slip of the tongue. My wife called the San Juan Capistrano Mission - the Mission Inn. This slip of the tongue was also captured on video. It was very funny.

      That is wonderful that your favorite place is the beach. My favorite is the mountains although my wife and I cannot handle the cold very well. lol.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures and hub. Thanks for stopping by. It was great to see you again.

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      Terry Fatland 5 years ago from Southern California

      Mmargie1966, thank you very much for voting this hub up and sharing it on pinterest. I am glad you enjoyed it. :)

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Beautiful pictures... I am not a native to this area... but I must say there are so many beautiful aspects to it. The first time I came out here I was obsessed with the Palm trees... although a slip of the tongue had me calling them Pine trees on video! Yep - I won't ever live them down. Overall, my favorite is the beach. I haven't spent much time in the mountains but we have visited there when there was snow to cure me of some homesickness! :) Great pictures and great hub! :)

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Beautiful...voted up and beautiful and shared on pinterest.