I have been pleasantly surprised ever since moving out to the Bay Area just how beautiful California is. Growing up in the burbs of Chicago, there's not much nature to be found besides some forest preserves that all look the same and endless corn fields once you get out of the metropolitan area.
Driving back from Mono Lake, which is best described as being just east of Yosemite, there's a number of vista points. Pulling off to the one above Red Lake, right around sunset, revealed a rather peaceful and stunningly beautiful scene.
Sunset view of California's Red Lake.