Carrizo Badlands Sunset (4 photos)

We went on a little afternoon trip to the back country and the desert – and “little afternoon trip” means we drove 320 km (200 miles). The distances here in California are still surprising me…

For sentimental reasons I brought my Fuji S5 pro instead of the D700, but it wasn’t really a day that was particularly productive in terms of photography (nor was it aimed at being one in the first place). We just stopped here and there to enjoy the views, check out places along the road, that sort of thing.

We drove up to Julian first via Ramona, through rain and clouds which gradually got lighter. After lunch in Julian we continued on Highway 78 (the so-called ‘Banner Grade’ section) down into San Felipe Valley and to Scissors Crossing, where we turned south onto Highway S2. The sun had just set when we reached Sweeney Pass and the Badlands Overlook above Canyon Sin Nombre, the clouds were all stuck at the mountains, and the light was beautiful.

We continued south on Highway S2 until we reached the small village of Ocotillo, from where we took I-8 back to the West.

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