Winter in San Diego’s Mountains

Who says San Diego doesn’t get snow?

For the second day of this storm, I headed to Palomar Mountain State Park. When I got to the 5,000 feet elevation I entered a winter wonderland. I pulled into a snowy turn-out and, with my 100-400mm lens, starting looking for interesting scenes. As I walked around fresh snow began to fall and blow. Fog enveloped me and hid almost everything else. Moments later the mist lifted, revealing layers of snow-laden trees on the hillside.

Snowy Solitude – As I waited and watched, the fog drifted in allowing me to capture this solitary Douglas Fir.
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Winter Wonder – A passing cloud burst left the forest coated in fresh snow.

My hope was to explore Doane Valley, but the park was officially closed, so I didn’t make it that far. I was able to park outside the gate and walk in. I walked the road where I found the scenes below.

Gatekeepers – Cedars and stand quietly at the border of the meadow and forest.
Frosted Cake

I continued on the Boucher Hill Trail with about 4-6 inches of fresh snow.

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4 thoughts on “Winter in San Diego’s Mountains

  1. The quality and variety of your photography never ceases to amaze me, Lawrence.  It requires a good degree of health and well-being just to get to where you take all these  pictures that you so willing share with us! Growing up with a lot of snow in Pennsylvania, these snowy scenes bring back fond memories for me.  THANKS!! Best wishes and RS, Louise


    1. It is nice to see that you are still following along and very nice to hear from you. I had a blast in the snow. I have one more day that I went out. That last day was my favorite, but the photos weren’t as good. Best wishes…..


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