Winter Leftovers

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 Moments in Southern California. Continue reading “Winter Leftovers”


Ghost Mountain

View of Whale Peak from the summit of Ghost Mountain, Anza Borrego, California. January 2019.

Ghost Mountain (peak #51 on the Sierra Club San Diego’s 100 Peaks list – here’s my personal progress sheet) is a hill with granitic boulders, in the Blair Valley/Whale Peak area of Anza Borrego Desert State Park. In other words, not exactly an impressive peak. 😉

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Diablo Benchmark

Early in January, my friend Hans and I got together to “bag” yet another peak from the Sierra Club’s 100 peaks list for San Diego County: Diablo Benchmark in southern Anza Borrego Desert State Park. On the list, this is peak number 53. For Hans, it was a repeat ascent of course, since he has hiked all 100 peaks already. Continue reading “Diablo Benchmark”

Pine Mountain

Views to the south-west near Pine Mountain, Laguna Mountains, California.

I have promised myself to get out once every week to do a hike or some other outdoor activity (besides my jogging routine and the Nordic walking Shuwen and I do on local trails), even during the summer months. It’s a mental health exercise as much as a physical one. When the tasks at home seem to mount, and all the tiny little things that want to get done combine and become overwhelming, getting away for just a few hours to hike puts things back into perspective, and makes everything manageable again. Continue reading “Pine Mountain”

Big Laguna drought comparison photos

Updated drought comparison photos of Big Laguna, the largest of the three bodies of water in San Diego’s Laguna Mountains. The “super El Nino” of the 2015/2016 winter that brought good rain and snowfall to central and northern California didn’t really had any impact in Southern California.

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Desert Rain in May!

Above The Slot -- Anza Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, CA. May 2015.

It’s been a while since I last hiked on Fridays with my friend Fred. When the weather forecast predicted rain and low temperatures for San Diego (included the deserts!), it appeared to be an unexpected treat – normally, the temperatures in the lower regions of the desert in May are too high for any serious activity – at least for my taste. Continue reading “Desert Rain in May!”