Laguna Mountain Sunset

I returned to Garnet Peak in the Laguna Mountains this week. I arrived early enough before sunset to search for a new composition. I ended up in the same location as the previous week, but a bit closer to the rocks. I really like these rocks. You can see them from the road when hiking here. The one rock on the left, stands out by itself and makes me think of Stonehenge.

Stone Hedge
Hat Rock Sunset

I stayed for about an hour after sunset, watching the clouds ignite with color and fade away. This is the same location I visited in December. Here is a link to that post, December Wanderings with the previous composition.

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December Wanderings

I have been staying close to home and doing short photography trips. As a result, I have a eclectic collection of photos from various trips this time.

This first photo is from December 27, 2020 in the Laguna Mountains looking toward the coast. On Christmas day and I missed capturing a beautiful sunset that was occurring while I hiked, trying to reach this peak. So, I returned again two days later. I was lucky to have another great sunset.

Chaparral Sunset – The sun sets in the Laguna Mountains of San Diego.

The next day, December 28, I tried to go to Palomar Mountain State Park during a snow storm, but the road up the mountain was closed. A patrol office at the bottom of the mountain was turning away all except residents. But the following morning, after the storm had passed, I was up the mountain and into the snow at the start of the day.

Frozen – an Ice-Coated Twig at Palomar Mountain State Park

The next day, December 30, I hiked up to Double Peak at sunset. I often struggle to find an interesting composition for a photo that avoids a big green water tank. So, I am trying to stretch my thinking and find other possibilities. This time I found a location on a small hill below the peak that worked out nicely.

near the top of Double Peak

You can view more from this collection here.