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

Faces in the Forest

On the rainy day of the trip, while I was photographing rhododendrons in the forest, another friend was on a different trail photographing abstracts in a colorful log. He described this to me the following day. I knew exactly the log he was talking about since I had photographed it the previous year, but I didn’t notice the variations of color in the details at the time. On a subsequent day, I went there and found the tree and the colors. But I also found abstracts of faces. They sort of jumped out at me.

Ancient Inhabitants
Locked in Wood
Lady of the Wood
Fish Face

I also captured this intimate scene of the ferns growing on the log.

Fern Scene

The tree below is a fascinating example of a sapling that started on a fallen tree. Over the time, the fallen tree rots away leaving the roots reaching to the ground like the legs of an octopus and the tree suspended above. I took a version of this the previous year, which you can see here.

Octopus Tree

To view all the photos from this trip to the redwoods of northern California, click here.