California: Images of the Golden State (43 photos)

California is the most populous state in the nation, with 39.5 million residents—more than the smallest 21 states combined. It is also a huge state, ranking 3rd in area, and an incredibly diverse place, with climates that range from desert to rainforest. From the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area to Yosemite National Park, from Death Valley to Mount Shasta, here are a few glimpses of the landscape of California and some of the wildlife and people calling it home.

This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection of images from each of the United States.

A summertime view of Yosemite Valley at sunrise, in California’s Yosemite National Park.

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