It was bone dry and 92°F. Cuyama Valley with the partly forested Sierra Madre Mountains to the south as seen from the Caliente Mountain foothills on the north. Or, if you prefer, view to SSE.
Midground is a distributed juniper forest populating the N-NW facing slopes. These desert slopes are in the rain shadows of multiple mountain ranges including the Caliente Range itself. Coyote, elk, rodents, I think I saw a dusky footed wood rat mound in a hollow tree, and ground dwelling owls which were not home on Labor Day…probably cooling their heals in Lompoc or something. This is about 70 miles from Lompoc as the Prius flys.