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This shot always made me think of Chesley Bonestell's science-fiction planetary paintings, or else the Night on Bald Mountain section of Fantasia. It's July 1965, on a brand-spanking new section of Interstate 5 about, oh, I'd say eleven miles south of Weed, California. That's Black Butte, a sort of offspring of nearby Mt. Shasta. Kodachrome slide. View full size.
How to dress for Knott's Berry Farm, California, on a gray day in February 1958. One of my sister's honeymoon Kodachromes. View full size.