Earth Day is near! This week, let’s celebrate this planet on which we live.

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Over the past several months, we’ve seen so much rain in Northern California, where I live — so much that our governor has declared that the drought emergency in California is over. Driving up into the Sierra Nevada mountains this past weekend put this into perspective. After a recent dump of snow, the snowboarding conditions on the mountains of Squaw Valley were fantastic, while hiking along the gushing Truckee River was energizing — its flow so strong, so healthy.

As I was out and about one late afternoon, I looked off into the distance and saw a lovely view of the mountains — and a faint ring around the sun.

It caught me by surprise, and I stopped for a good while to appreciate such a natural, majestic setting that we’re fortunate to enjoy. The snapshot feels fitting for this week’s photo challenge, as we prepare to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

This week, share an image that means “earth” to you — whether it’s a panorama of a landscape that takes your breath away, a close-up revealing a detail in nature, or another scene that honors the outdoors, we welcome your takes on the theme!

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  1. Love this! A lot of times we don’t realize how much beauty is out there in the world so I love moments like that to where they appear and you can’t help but take it all in. Thanks for sharing!


  2. My Dad who lives in Monterey claims that he ended California’s drought, when he installed solar panels. I told him not to install geo-thermal, because, well it’s California.


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