Aspens in a Rift Valley – Los Padres National Forest
It would be impossible for me to pinpoint exactly where this image was taken. All I can tell you is this rift in a valley floor resides somewhere in the Los Padres National Forest between Ventura and Carizzo Plains, CA.
The weather forecast for the previous night was for heavy thunder storm activity in the mountains and that some flooding and road closures were expected. I can’t remember who, but some famous artist once said, “Common sense is the enemy of art”. Armed with that knowledge, I stowed my camera bag and camping gear in the back of my trusty Xterra 4×4 and left for the mountains early the next morning.
At Ventura, I turned off the main drag to take a small winding mountain road into the mountains. I made it quite a ways before finally running into a ranger who told me I was going to have to turn around and go back out the way I came in. I pulled over to the side to check my map and thats when I noticed the aspens in a rift.