Snow and Fog

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Last week we had another snow storm in the mountains around San Diego. I started the day heading to Lake Henshaw, hoping to find some compositions in a morning mist. I discovered a majestic old oak with one limb bowed low to the ground and others that extended upwards.

Bowing Oak
Humble Warrior
Siblings

Later we headed to Boucher Hill on Palomar Mountain in the fresh snow. We were almost the first to reach the fire lookout. A park ranger passed us as we were taking photos and left his footprints in the snow.

The Lookout
Winter Tree

On the way home, we stopped along the road to capture some late autumn color in sycamore trees.

Banches
Sycamore

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Willows in the Mist

On the way to my second day at snowy Vulcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, I stopped at Lake Henshaw for sunrise in the mist. These photos turned out to be some of my favorites from this year. I love the simplicity of form and color. The fog makes it possible to obscure the distracting elements from a photo.

Simplicity
Reflection

The fog thickened and thinned, but I didn’t expect to see the sun. I was surprised when the it rose above the distant hills in the mist, showing a dimly lit ball. I had only a few moments to capture this photo before the sun was blown out by its own brightness.

Sun in Willows

Later the shifting fog nearly totally cleared from the lake, only to return a few minutes later.

Tranquility
Willows in the Mist

Finally snowy mountains revealed themselves on the northern horizon, the prominent one being Hot Springs Mountain.

Hot Springs Mountain

Click here to see my “best of” collection from this morning.