Pinyon Point

I’m posting my photo of the month for August 2016 a little bit earlier than usual – August has been a rather quiet month with regards to photography. I’m quite confident that nothing better than this photo will manifest itself in the fest remaining days of August (and not just because my camera is in the store for a long overdue professional sensor cleaning;-).

About the photo

I have been eyeing this spot for a sunset photo for a while now – while there’s an abundance of Jeffrey Pines growing in San Diego’s Laguna Mountains, Pinyon Pines are pretty rare. I found this one (and some of its siblings, a bit further down and not visible in the photo) growing in one particular spot on the slopes of Stevenson Peak towards The Potrero. A find that made me quite happy, and the trees appear to be doing quite well here.

The named “Pinyon Point” actually appears to be a bit further west, at least according to the USGS topo map, but I’m fairly certain that in the photo, this is actually it. Or maybe the Pinyon Point on the map got its name from the nearby Pinyon Pines. Who knows. :)

Smoke from wildfires further north was lingering over parts of the desert, and thunderstorms began to rise in the distance. The last direct sunlight of the day caresses the Sawtooth Range.

A Pinyon Pine on the slopes of Stevenson Peak towards The Potrero. The last direct sunlight of the day hits the Sawtooth Range in the distance. Near Stevenson Peak, Laguna Mountains, California, August 2016.
A Pinyon Pine on the slopes of Stevenson Peak towards The Potrero. The last direct sunlight of the day hits the Sawtooth Range in the distance. Near Stevenson Peak, Laguna Mountains, California, August 2016.
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This is actually a pretty tight spot – it looks rather spacious because I was using my friend Tracy’s 14mm wide angle lens (that’s pretty darn wide on a full frame sensor). Later on, we continued into the desert for some night photography (photos to follow).

Here is the same tree from a different angle, really tight now with the 14mm, which probably conveys the size of the tree much better:

Pinyon Pine near Stevenson Peak, Laguna Mountains, San Diego County, California. August 2016.
Pinyon Pine near Stevenson Peak, Laguna Mountains, San Diego County, California. August 2016.

And for the sake of completeness, a photo of the slope below, with a couple more Pinyon Pines spread out as it descends into the desert:

Pinyon Pines below Stevenson Peak, on the slopes towards The Potrero, Laguna Mountains, San Diego County, California. August 2016.
Pinyon Pines below Stevenson Peak, on the slopes towards The Potrero, Laguna Mountains, San Diego County, California. August 2016.
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