Sunrise Highway in the Snow

The mountains around San Diego usually get several snow storms each year. When it happens the snow doesn’t last too long. My journey started with a hike near Julian. I didn’t take any photos worth sharing there, but the highlight was observing a family that brought their two 4-year-old twin girls and 1-year old boy to see the snow for the first time. The one year old was walking around, bundled up, and poking his finger curiously into the snow. I am reminded why I was a teacher. These children were so adorable and filled with wonder about the world.

After my hike near Julian, I checked the weather and saw that a storm cell was approaching. I decided to drive the Sunrise Highway where the elevation is higher and there would likely be more snow. I drove from the north to south, stopping along the way. Each area I stopped had a distinctly different ecosystem.

Winter Meadows – This area has large grassy meadows with a sparse scattering of oak trees.
Winter Yucca – This area was dryer, with grass in clumps between rocks and mixed with yucca.
Broken Fence
Snowy and Fog – Pine trees dominate this section of the mountain.
Snowy Pine
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Boucher Hill in the Mist

This past week brought rain and snow to the the San Diego Mountains. I took advantage of the “bad” weather to get out each day to scout for photos. The first outing brought me to Boucher Hill on Palomar Mountain. A few days later I returned with about 4-6 inches of fresh snow on the ground, but more on that in another post.

The Misty Forest – Black Oaks are the main tree in this area.
Three Douglas Firs – While hiking, I came across several Douglas Fir trees that had been drilled and filled with acorns by woodpeckers.
Acorn Alley – The mist was drifting in and out.
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