From Bakersfield to the Beach

Photo essay: Driving westward through the countryside

by Sid Sarshar
18-Nov-2011
 
The one thing I missed the most when I lived in Hawaii was the fact I could not get into my car and go places. There is something about the freedom of driving in the off roads with the window down and the howl of wind and music mixing to create a monotone silence. Meeting people from different times and visiting places that you don’t belong to.
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عکس‌ها گرم هستند و دلپذیر... در این عصرِ دلگیرِ پائیزی از دیدنِ این تصاویر لذت بردیم ... دستِ شما درد نکند و پاینده باشید.


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monda

by Sid Sarshar on

Your comment is one of the nicest compliments I have received.  Thank you.  You are a very delightful person.


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some replies

by Sid Sarshar on

I have received emails from folks (American) who do not have an account on IC stating they enjoyed the pictures and added Bakersfield has wonderful areas to see.  My mood was to move and sample.  I am sure if I stayed longer, there is much more to experience.  I promise to come back and take you up on your invitations of showing me around.

 

Monda,

It is an exercise in awareness, appreciation and interaction.  Having a camera in your had helps quite a bit.  I took 250,000 pictures in 2010!  That’s right, 3 zeroes.  In a way I am documenting my life.  Regarding the bike question, I did not ride bikes in HI, I had a carJ

 

Pialechi,

I am glad you enjoyed the work.  Thanks for noticing.


Monda

Zest for life...

by Monda on

Ooozes out of your shots, Sid! How do you get the nature, people and animals to pose like the way they do, consciously or not?! 

Thank you!

(btw, did you ever try riding a bike on Kuaui?!) 

 

 


Esfand Aashena

Yes I meant mostly interstate 4 lane highways are boring.

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Country roads are very nice.  What's that song from the late John Denver; Country road, take me home, to the place I belong, West Virginia, mountain mama, take me home country roads!   

Everything is sacred


Piyalechi

Elated

by Piyalechi on

to see you and your fantastic work again, Sid...

Noush... 


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Mash ghasem

by Sid Sarshar on

PCH is probebly one of my all time favorate drives.  Ironically my drive ended at the Yosemite Park.


Mash Ghasem

California dreamin

by Mash Ghasem on

Driving along PCH1 early in the morning, as the sun is coming up, around Santa Barbara is probably as close to heaven as you could get.

Yosemite Park is not only a wonder, it also has gotten more than one honorable mention in Iranian novels and such.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0UcQDUR-fU


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Dear Esfand and mashty

by Sid Sarshar on

Esfand, you are particularly correct when it comes to large 4 lane freeways in the US.

Masty, you are spot on when you wrote "Every place has its own beauty" 


11mashty

boring???????

by 11mashty on

Nice pictures.  As one who loves driving to places, close and afar, I must disagree that American roads are boring.  Just consider:  a drive in the hills of western PA or Vermont in mid-late October will show you a million colors; or how about the heart stopping images you will get from driving on hwy 1 in California just south of Monterey; or the strentch of interstate between Sedona and Flagstaff in Arizona (don't miss the painted desert); or the red rock country of Utah; how about Colorado when you seemingly are almost touching the sky, etc.  I have also driven through the Alps in Europe, the Iberian peninsula, most of Italy and western Europe.  Every place has its own beauty, but one thing is certain that nature in US (particularly western US) is simply unmatched.  Just a thought!


Esfand Aashena

Problem with many American landscape is they get boring.

by Esfand Aashena on

There was a program on History channel that talked about roads or highways in the US and that they all look the same and all feel boring once you drive in them a while.

They said there is a reason for it and that is the convenience and safety that they had in mind.

But I still like travelling with car and if the trip is 8 hours or less I'll drive, it's cheaper too. 

Everything is sacred


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Exploring

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The one thing I missed the most when I lived in Hawaii was the fact I could not get into my car and go places. There is something about the freedom of driving in the off roads with the window down and the howl of wind and music mixing to create a monotone silence. Meeting people from different periods and visiting places that you don’t belong to. It is strangely comfortable.


Esfand Aashena

Very California-ee!

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Everything is sacred