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Finally, some green

California’s Central Valley is known to some as the modern-day dust bowl -- a desolate stretch of land parched by our state’s long-lived drought. But showers in the last month have transformed the area from barren wasteland to beautiful countryside carpeted with bright green grass.

Patrick Dirden saw this fresh terrain as an opportunity for photography, shooting trains in the Stockton area with a few friends. What struck him about this particular scene was how the train acted as a dividing point between the contrast of colors in the grass and the sky.

"I was entranced by the field of vibrant green and the beautiful sky," Dirden said.

Dirden used a Canon T3 with an 18-135mm lens to capture the image on Dec. 23, 2014.

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