Other Destinations, Southern California

Part 2 of The Unexpected, Underestimated Beauty of I-5 (Northbound)

November 13, 2014

As one grows older, one should grow more expert at finding beauty in unexpected places, in deserts and even in towns, in ordinary human faces and among wild weeds.”  -C.C. Vyvyan

In part 1 of “the unexpected, underestimated beauty” of Interstate Highway 5, I mentioned that at one time, I was unable to see the beauty of the landscape on this drive and felt that it was a boring waste of time.

There was another time in my life when I saw images waiting to be captured in just about everything I saw. You can view many of them on my Flickr site. For whatever reason, the capacity to see such beauty in everyday things was lost to me for several years, but walking the Camino seems to have resuscitated it.

Tumbleweed, flat desert, cloudy sky.

I was talking on the phone with my best friend when I saw this “garden of tumbleweed” on the edge of I-5. I said, “I’ll call you back” and took the next exit so I could take pictures.

What greater delight is there than to behold the earth appareled with plants as with a robe of embroidered works, set with Orient pearls and garnished with the great diversities of rare and costly jewels. But these delights are in the outward senses. The principle delight is in the mind, singularly enriched with the knowledge of these visible things, setting forth to use the invisible wisdom and admirable workmanship of Almighty God.”  –John Gerard, 1633, The Herbal

Road to mountains along I-5

Highway through mountains under cloudy sky

North on I-5 through the Grapevine

Road through desert toward giant clouds

Road to Nowhere

Pink Tumbleweed in desert under partially cloudy sky.

Pink Tumbleweed?

 Road leading into desert mountains under partially cloudy sky
Tumbleweed farm

Tumbleweed farm

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.”  –Francis Bacon

I-5 southbound from overpass

Tumbleweed Heaven

Tumbleweed Heaven



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  • Camino Nev November 16, 2014 at 01:37

    Beautiful photos!

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