At the end of May and into June, I’m reminded how much beauty is in our Southern California landscapes still, even as summer approaches. I’m growing increasingly fond of the hues and sights of this transition from spring into summer.
Some close-up and macro photos of more or less green and more or less tiny things at the side of the trail, made on a morning walk at the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve in Poway.
Some photos from a walk at the Blue Sky Ecological Preserve with my friends Joe and Peter. It’s always interesting to see how others see the same stuff I’m looking at all the time. We took the oak grove trail first and then continued to the picnic area below the Lake Poway dam. Joe had never been to this place, and Peter only a long time ago.
I took advantage of some recent foggy mornings to photograph the chaotic riparian woodland at the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. They’re probably not the most accessible images, but I think these are my favorite photos from this place right now – to me, they capture the essence of this riparian jungle during our dry season.
With our move to Rancho Bernardo last year in November we’ve gotten closer to the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, an oak-lined riparian canyon through which the old and gated “Green Valley Truck Trail” passes. It also connects to the reservoirs of Lake Ramona and Lake Poway, opening up some serious hiking possibilities. Some people hike from the Blue Sky Reserve to Lake Poway, and from there all the way up to Mount Woodson and the famous “Potato Chip Rock“.
During a recent Google+ conversation about infrared (IR) photography with my friend Shannon Johnson, I mentioned that I hoped to try it one day. Shortly after, he sent me an email and asked me if I wanted to borrow his IR-converted camera for a couple of weeks. How could I resist? :-D
The loop in the Iron Mountain area that includes the Miners Ridge trail and Ellie Lane trail is surely one of my favorites in the foothills off of the coast. Below are some impressions from a hazy afternoon in October.