In this photo, we're looking to the south-east along the California/Nevada state line. This border ends about 75 miles in the distance where it meets the Colorado River north of Needles, CA.
This border was not specifically defined until the 1870's when Allexey Von Schmidt surveyed this tract of land in order to satisfy the government's need for an exact definition of the oblique line that separates the two states.
It didn't turn out so well & the "true" border (the one you see here) wasn't officially defined for another couple of decades.
For a fascinating description of this saga, visit http://www.quehoposse.org/vonschmidt.html
Here is the very humble vehicular entrance to Ivanpah Dry "Lake". In spite of the fact that almost all of the lake lies within the state of California, this entrance can only be accessed from Nevada. The winds here can be so forceful that this is the site of the world speed record for a wind-powered vehicle (126MPH!).
On the left of this photo is the strategically-placed vendor of California Lottery tickets. The "Lotto Store" itself lies in unincorporated San Bernardino Co., California, while the buildings (and adjacent parking lot) at right are in Clark County, Nevada. The row of rickety fence posts represents the state line
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I just noticed something rather amusing... in this panoramic image created from three individual photos I took a few seconds apart (& which were subsequently pieced together by my camera) one can see three pedestrians (lower left) defying the laws of physics by occupying two places at once (you can also see them on the other side of the street from "themselves"). "Oh... that's spooky"!
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The "Haystack" in the distance as seen from De Palm Island.
The view from a spot somewhere near the summit up Box Springs Mountain north of Moreno Valley California. This view is to the west, overlooking the Canyon Crest section of Riverside, as well the Riverside campus of the University of California. I believe I read somewhere that at the time of it's creation (mid-20th century), the "C" was the largest poured concrete letter on Earth. Well, whadda ya know?
This is the 1000 foot-high (1950 feet above sea level) conically-shaped prominence known as Sugarloaf Mountain. This photo was snapped from amidst the encroaching industrial park sprawl that is swallowing up much of what used to be vast orange groves (not that long ago). There's a trail that leads up this face of the hill that can be rather treacherous (especially after it rains), but that rewards the climber with one helluva view once he/she reaches the summit.
This USGS survey marker has been atop this remote hill in the "Badlands" just off Hwy 60 (between Moreno Valley and Beaumont, CA) since 1972. It's relative inaccessability has seemingly allowed it to avoid vandalism (a common fate for these monuments) over the decades.