Field Notes

I Love You, California

The heritage of the Golden State contains a lofty narrative of exploration, war, peace, commerce, expansion, and technology. What the origin of the symbolism that we commonly see and take for granted? We are the only state with a Greek motto, “Eureka!” meaning I’ve found it. The California bear has transformed in design over the years.

The beauty and simplicity of poppies summarize our statehood; they are free roaming and colorful that dominate the natural landscape. You can visit these breathtaking vistas and review the top 10 poppy sites

The song “I Love You, California” was written in 1913 by F. B. Silverwood. It’s charming lyrics state:

I love you, California, you’re the greatest state of all
I love you in the winter, summer, spring, and in the fall.
I love your fertile valleys; your dear mountains I adore,
I love your grand old ocean and I love her rugged shore.


I love your redwood forests – love your fields of yellow grain,
I love your summer breezes, and I love your winter rain,
I love you, land of flowers; land of honey, fruit and wine,
I love you, California; you have won this heart of mine.


I love your old gray Missions – love your vineyards streteching far,
I love you, California, with your Golden Gate ajar,
I love your purple sunsets, love your skies of azure blue,
I love you, California; I just can’t help loving you.


I love you, Catalina – you are very dear to me,
I love you, Tamalpais, and I love Yosemite,
I love you, Land of Sunshine, half your beauties are untold,
I loved you in my childhood, and I’ll love you when I’m old.


When the snow crowned Golden Sierras
Keep their watch o’er the valleys bloom.
It is there I would be in our land by the sea,
Ev’ry breeze bearing rich perfume,
It is here nature gives of her rarest,
It is Home Sweet Home to me.
And I know when I die I shall breathe my last sigh
For my sunny California.


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