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.

To see those the rest from this day, click here.

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

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    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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