It feels like there’s always time for some Southern California “summertime hues”, and I’m still collecting images for a portfolio themed around that topic and its colors and subjects. So far however, it doesn’t look as coherent as I’d like to, so perhaps more images are needed.
New Summer Colors
When summer arrives, it’s still a bit of a surprise to me, every year, that I find the drying vegetation and its colors quite charming, and worth photographing. One wouldn’t expect that this is a good time to make photos of the Southern California landscape and its plant communities — but then I’m out for a morning run on a local trail and think “dang, this is beautiful!” and have to return with the camera.
The drying chaparral and sage scrub hillsides on the trails near our house in Rancho Bernardo are taking on their typical summer color — California Buckwheat is in bloom. It’s an important staple for insects as we enter the hot and dry summer months in earnest.
More Summer Colors
While we’re waiting for rain, here are a few more photos with the typical summer colors of Southern California, made during walks and hikes at Lake Hodges, along the Coast to Crest Trail, and at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, in September and October.
Summer Color Quadtych
A few more summer colors in the sage scrub, from a morning walk with Toni just as the fog began to burn off, in late September. Coming to think of it, the dark appearance, cobwebs and orange tones also fit Halloween quite well, don’t they? ;)
Autumnal Equinox and San Diego Fall Colors
Appreciating San Diego & Southern California’s unique fall colors of the chaparral and sage scrub plant communities.