Into The Atmosphere from Michael Shainblum on Vimeo.
Some of the locations are Mono Lake, Anza Borrego Desert, Alabama
Hills, Trona Pinnacles, Big Sur, Mount Laguna, Santa Maria, Yosemite,
Gaviota, The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, La Jolla Coves, Santa
Ynez, the San Francisco Coast, and the Santa Barbara Mountains.
Directed and Filmed by Michael Shainblum.
Origin of the name: California
California was the name given to a mythical island populated only by beautiful Amazon warriors using gold tools and weapons in the popular early 16th-century romance novel Las Sergas de Esplandián (The Adventures of Esplandián) by Spanish author Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo.
This popular Spanish novel was printed in several editions with the
earliest surviving edition published about 1510. The novel described the
Island of California as being east of the Asian
mainland, "very close to the side of the Terrestrial Paradise; and it
is peopled by women, without any man among them, for they live in the
manner of Amazons." The Island was ruled by Queen Calafia. When the Spanish started exploring the Pacific coast they applied this name on their maps to what is now called the Baja California Peninsula they originally thought was an island. Once the name was on the maps it stuck.