California's Great Central Valley — Opulence on Earth
California is famous (and infamous) for a number of reasons, but fields of cash crops and seas of dense, low-lying fog banks probably don't make the top of most peoples' lists. California, of course, is more than one long strip of beach plied by movie crews and surfers; it is one of the most naturally diverse states in the union, built of everything from stark desert to wet coastal mountains.
ED DARACK is an independent writer and photographer. Visit his Web site at www.darack.com.