Martis Valley, Truckee CA

Nestled between pine-covered hills, golf courses and a glider field, Martis Valley is a wide open space filled with wildflowers, sagebrush and colourful grasses, winding paths and creeks. Perfect for stroll as the warm summer sun goes down and the cool of a mountain dusk settles over the dry high desert landscape. It’s where I often take my evening walk with our two dogs, and sometimes I even remember to bring my camera.

Tall green and yellowed grasses catch the hot end of day sun, with Castle Peak in the distance, Martis Valley, Truckee, CaliforniaSpectacular virga clouds, rain evaporating before it reaches the mountains below, Martis Valley, Truckee, California

Tall green and yellowed grasses catch the hot end of day sun, with Castle Peak in the distance; Spectacular virga clouds, rain evaporating before it reaches the mountains below.

A lone pelican cruises across Martis Creek Lake with a pine forest and sage brush reaching down to the shoreline, Martis Valley, Truckee, California

Far from the ocean, a lone pelican cruises across Martis Creek Lake with a pine forest and sage brush reaching down to the shoreline.

Pine trees and tall green grasses with the last golden light setting behind them, Martis Valley, Truckee, CaliforniaA pebble path winds through the long grass and wildflowers towards the mountains, Martis Valley, Truckee, California

Pine trees and tall green grasses with the last golden light setting behind them; A pebble path winds through the long grass and wildflowers towards the mountains.

Purple wildflowers in the valley and pine trees on the hill, in the golden end of day light, Martis Valley, Truckee, CaliforniaOne of my favourite things about the mountains are the layers they create, Martis Valley, Truckee, California

Purple wildflowers in the valley and pine trees on the hill, in the golden end of day light; One of my favourite things about the mountains are the layers they create.

Golden sunset light of the sage brush and pine trees of a peaceful Martis Valley, Truckee, California

Golden sunset light of the sage brush and pine trees of a peaceful Martis Valley.

A close up of yellow flowers, looking exceptionally bright in the cool light of dusk, Martis Valley, Truckee, CaliforniaThe pastel sunset colours of sagebrush, wildflowers, and the distant mountains, Martis Valley, Truckee, California

A close up of yellow flowers, looking exceptionally bright in the cool light of dusk; The pastel sunset colours of sagebrush, wildflowers, and the distant mountains.

Bright yellow wildflowers spread across the valley as the mountains are given a pink tint by the setting sun, Martis Valley, Truckee, California

Bright yellow wildflowers spread across the valley as the mountains are given a pink tint by the setting sun.

A gnarly old tree catches the golden sunset light with mountains behind, Martis Valley, Truckee, CaliforniaYellow wildflowers and sage brush at dusk, with the silhouette of pine trees, Martis Valley, Truckee, California

A gnarly old tree catches the golden sunset light with mountains behind; Yellow wildflowers and sage brush at dusk, with the silhouette of pine trees.

Pine covered hills glow golden in the last light of the day, Martis Valley, Truckee, CaliforniaThe last remnants of sunset over the mountains with a crescent moon, Martis Valley, Truckee, California

Pine covered hills glow golden in the last light of the day; The last remnants of sunset over the mountains with a crescent moon.

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