Snowy Day on Palomar Mountain

A cold storm dumped a layer of snow on the Palomar Mountain in mid-December. I have a photo project I am working on titled,” Winter in San Diego,” in which my focus is showing the wintery/snowy conditions that we get a few times a year in our local mountains. Since I have the flexibility to go during weekdays, I look for storms hitting during the week to avoid the crowds and traffic that snow otherwise draws. For this weather system, the storm came through Monday and lingered slightly into Tuesday. Perfect!

Snowy Day on the Mountain – Shortly after arriving on the mountain, the snow started accumulate.
Snowy Bench – I explored a small area of the mountain for intimate scenes.
Frosted Forest
You might recognize this scene from the previous blog post in the fog.
Snowy Apple Orchard

On Tuesday I returned to mountain as the storm was clearing out. I went for a walk along the edge of the mountain, looking back to this ridge with dark sky and low clouds beyond

Winter Path
Leaning Oak and Fir
Sugar-Coated Firs

To view the rest from this outing, click here.

A Day on Palomar Mountain

It is nice that the storm track is bringing wet weather to California. It is also bringing great conditions for photography. Last week, I took advantage of this and headed up to Palomar Mountains. Fog was forecast for the morning, but I got a late start and missed the morning fog. I decided to take the opportunity to explore a new area and experiment with compositions. Later in the day I returned to this location. The clouds had lowered onto the mountain top. Here are two shots I got from this location at the end day.

Forest Blues
Gnarly Tree

I also experimented with ICM (Intentional Camera Movement).

Splash in the Forest