September Wanderings

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I took several small local trips over the month of September. My favorite trip was a day in the Laguna Mountains with the disintegrating Hurricane Kay passing through the area. When I arrived in the mountains I was greeted by one of my favorite conditions: fog. This first shot was taken while the fog was rolling through.


A few moments later there was a downpour and I took shelter in my car. I drove up the road to another location. By then the rain had stopped. I love the spaciousness and interaction between these trees. Each tree has its own character. For this shot it was a tree party!

Friendly Gathering

Later in the day, the low clouds cleared and I set off on a short hike to catch the sunset on Garnet Peak. The hike to peak was very special. The mountains had gotten a lot of rain over the past few days. I was surprised to see the high desert with fresh, vibrant blooms.

Glowing Peak
Mountain Layers – This was taken while hiking down from the same peak on a different day, later in the month.

On another day, I got up at sunrise to hike a section of Daley Ranch. It was foggy again!

Oak and Buckwheat

To see more from my September Wanderings, click here.

Super-moon from Laguna Mountains

About a week ago we had a super moon. I decided to go to one of the peaks in the Laguna Mountains to capture the sunset and the moonrise. I was actually a little more hopeful to get a good sunset shot since, knowing this peak, I couldn’t imagine any foreground element to provide a context for the rising moon. This turned out to be the case.

As the sun was setting, I watched the golden light and shadows play on the peak.

Light on the Peak

As the sun was slipping over the western horizon, I shifted my position and tripod onto the peak.

Sunset in the Laguna Mountains

About a half hour after sunset, an orange moon rose through layers of haze and wisps of clouds.

Super Moon

Click here to see a few more photos from this excursion.