WINTER: Southern California Style

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This week’s theme for our #52SnapShots #PBSG Photo Challenge (sponsored by our friends at The Lazy PitBull) is WINTER! We imagine we’ll see lots of beautiful snow filled photos – especially from folks back on the east coast. But winter in California is upside down from what you typically think of as winter scenery. Once the rains come, everything starts to turn green, the wildflowers by the side of the road start to blossom and the silk floss tree in our front yard blooms.
We thought we would share some of these atypical winter scenes with you for the photo challenge. Don’t be jealous – the downside of this is that by summer, the drought takes over and all of this beautiful bright green turns brown and stays brown until the rains come again in the fall.

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  1. It’s so pretty there!!
    I’ve never cared much for lots of snow! It’s pretty to look at for a little while (as long as you don’t have anywhere to be) but then it turns into a huge pain. LOL
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  2. ok, I try not to look as green as your grass with envy :o) but I’m a fan of your winter, that’s for sure. Rain? I thought it never rains in southern california…. seems that Albert Hammond wasn’t right with his song :o)
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    • It doesn’t rain very much…we can go from June to November without rain. But that’s why everything turns brown 🙁
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  3. Part of the fun of the challenge is seeing everyone’s own view of winter 🙂
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  4. Beautiful, and yes, so different from we think of as WINTER. Snow is falling as I type this. Thanks for sharing these. Makes me long for the greener pastures around here that are soon to come.
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  5. Oh wow! Gorgeous!
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  6. It looks beautiful. I love the snow, but I think the bipeds would appreciate your winter weather!
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  7. We can definitely related to the brown…but not so much the green. That is gorgeous!
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  8. Sometimes when I walk outside in the winter I have to remind myself I choose to live here. Why I don’t choose to live in Southern Cali? I’m not sure…

  9. That’s a very pretty winter you have there. A lot more color than New Jersey’s browns, greys and whites!

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  10. It turns brown here in Virginia in July and August but we STILL deal with crappy winters. You win, I think 😉
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  11. Now that’s my kind of winter!

  12. Can I say “I hate you” – I mean, I am sitting here staring at your photos almost in tears that I am not there. It is so freaking cold over here, I’ve been chilly since I walked Harley this morning. I don’t do cold – I was meant to be where you are (can you hear me crying?) Those photos are breathtaking, thanks so much for sharing. P.S. I don’t hate you – a strong dislike right now? – yeah! 🙂

  13. We’re in a weird in-between winter state where it’s not totally barren but definitely not SoCal either! Thanks to all the rain, the greenery is pretty lush year round.
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  14. I’m a little jealous but that’s just because I’m missing my flip flops so much!
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  15. Way to make us all jealous! It’s cold and wet here. Hard to get a pretty picture!
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  16. Winter?? That looks like summer to me. Bring on the snow!
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  17. Wow! It is so beautiful where you live and I love the hills. We have had an unbelievably warm winter. It is 72 and gorgeous today.
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  18. So beautiful, love all the bright colors! All we are seeing is white! BOL! Hapoy WW!
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  19. I miss living in California so much. Montana weather just isn’t the same! 😉
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  20. Very beautiful photos! I have to be a little jealous of the warmer weather. There are some benefits to having a frigid winter though – all of the bugs die for a few months.
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  21. Beautiful photos, made me warmer.
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  22. Those sure are unique “winter” photos! I lived in northern california a long time ago, and it just seemed wrong to me to have so much green in the middle of winter! But, it was fun, and beautiful, as you showed us!
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  23. What beautiful pictures! So makes us here in snow country wish for spring~
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  24. Sure is pretty!
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  25. I have to say that’s a refreshing change from all of the snowy winter photos!
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