This appears to be an annual event since I didn't post much last year but today is the first day of the rest of the year so it's never too late . The title of the post describes a state of mind , a quiet state of mind and I think that this photo represents that very well . The colors are quite soothing almost monotonic in tone yet lending an important element to the scene . This was captured during a recent trip to Southern California , which is also becoming an annual event as we try to escape the cold weather here in the Pacific Northwest . I had never visited the Salton Sea before and the reading that I have done did not paint a pretty picture but like anyplace else there is always more than one side to the story . So I encountered a hazy day with very low contrast although the sun was bright and created specular hilites if looking in a certain direction ... this view was away from the direct sun
and took advantage of the diffused nature of the light that filtered through the haze toward the end of the day .
I made the best of the situation that I encountered and made what I think is a pretty picture .
Happy New Year !