Manza Benchmark in San Diego's Laguna Mountains is peak number 67 on the Sierra Club's 100 Peaks list. We had a cool and partially overcast day, just right to hike it at the end of June. Steel gray clouds hung in the sky and a pleasant wind made for very comfortable conditions. The starting point … Continue reading Manza Benchmark
In an attempt to de-clutter my main photography website, I'm trying to separate the more documentary photos from the ones that hold more artistic merit (at least to myself;-) - here are some "leftovers" from the winter morning in the back country in mid February. The "primary" photos are over in my photography website: Winter … Continue reading Winter Leftovers
Temperatures in Southern California have dropped at last, and it is a good time to hit some local, lower elevation trails again, even though we haven't received any significant precipitation yet. Nature is still pretty much in its summer dormancy except for some sparse new green on Artemisia californica and one or the other confused … Continue reading Cowles Mountain & Pyle’s Peak
I finally hiked Hellhole Canyon County Preserve with two friends yesterday - after years of eying it, but never going. It's just a 45 minute drive from our home, but in the past, dogs were not allowed there, and a hike is less fun without the four legged friend. That has changed, and leashed dogs … Continue reading Hellhole Canyon County Preserve
I took a slow and relaxed walk with Toni and the camera at Black Mountain Open Space Preserve this morning. A deep marine layer nicely cooled the area, there was a light drizzle, and at the highest point of the Miners Ridge Loop trail, we literally had our head in the clouds. The chaparral in … Continue reading What is wrong with this sign?