The Warner Mountains at sunrise.
It may be spring in the rest of California, but winter is only just beginning to loosen its grip on Modoc County.
Rock-hopping … the volcanic cone of Opahwah (AKA Rattlesnake Butte) rises from the floor of the Warm Springs Valley in the left background.
The ghostly pyramid of Mt. Shasta anchors the western horizon
The conditions are still too harsh for most flowers, but the California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) are tough. This field was buried in snow less than 24 hours before this picture was taken.
Phlox (probably Phlox diffusa) is another tough customer.
Road through incense cedar and juniper forest. The yellow groundcover is an alyssum of some kind.
Beams of sunshine illuminate the town of Alturas.