In my December Wandering post, I mentioned finding a place on Double Peak that avoids a big green water tower in my photo. I returned to this spot again the other day for a spectacular sunset. Just as the sun was going over the horizon a single ray from the sun reached out and touched the landscape. This was an effect created in the camera by the lens. It was not in the scene, but my camera graciously added it.
I have been staying close to home and doing short photography trips. As a result, I have a eclectic collection of photos from various trips this time.
This first photo is from December 27, 2020 in the Laguna Mountains looking toward the coast. On Christmas day and I missed capturing a beautiful sunset that was occurring while I hiked, trying to reach this peak. So, I returned again two days later. I was lucky to have another great sunset.
The next day, December 28, I tried to go to Palomar Mountain State Park during a snow storm, but the road up the mountain was closed. A patrol office at the bottom of the mountain was turning away all except residents. But the following morning, after the storm had passed, I was up the mountain and into the snow at the start of the day.
The next day, December 30, I hiked up to Double Peak at sunset. I often struggle to find an interesting composition for a photo that avoids a big green water tank. So, I am trying to stretch my thinking and find other possibilities. This time I found a location on a small hill below the peak that worked out nicely.