Take State Highway 299 from Redding, CA towards Alturas, CA. Just before you reach Alturas, CA turn left on State Highway 139. Before you reach Tulelake, CA signs will direct you to the road off of State Route 139 that goes through the Lava Beds NM. The shot was taken on the loop road right behind the Vistor' Center.
We arrived at noon at the Lava Beds National Monument located just south of Tule Lake NWR. The area is located in Northern California very close to the Oregon border. As we approched the area thunder storms begin to develop and diffused the normally harsh light. The Spring of 2010 was very wet for this area and the wildflowers were abundent. This shot was taken about 12:30 PM just as thunder clouds provided a great backdrop and diffused lighting. I was able to photograph for about an hour but this was the best shot. It is cerainly the best mid day landscape shot I have taken.