December Wanderings

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.

Chaparral Sunset – The sun sets in the Laguna Mountains of San Diego.

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.

Frozen – an Ice-Coated Twig at Palomar Mountain State Park

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.

near the top of Double Peak

You can view more from this collection here.

Snow and Fog

Happy New Year and thank you for viewing my photos!

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