Kneiffelspitze, Berchtesgaden

Watzmann in clouds and with first snow, with Grünstein in the foreground; seen from Kneiffelspitze, Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany, October 2019.

For the sake of completeness, here’s a “single B-side” from my Germany trip in 2019. After hiking back down into the valley from Reiter Alpe through the first snow of the season and dropping off Simon and Florian at their car, I continued to Berchtesgaden, where I had booked a room at a hotel for two nights – and I was definitely looking forward to a hot shower!

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Monsoon in the Laguna Mountains

Cloudburst over June Wash seen from the Pacific Crest at Garnet Peak, Laguna Mountains, California. July 2019.

Last week a couple of my appointments all shifted forward by a day so I “took the day off” and after running some errands in the morning drove up into the Laguna Mountains, hoping for some fine weather and drama under an influx of monsoonal moisture – which is a warrant for towering clouds, thunderstorms and cloudbursts during the summer months here in Southern California.

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Cedar Creek Falls, April 2019

Black & white photo of Cedar Creek Falls, San Diego River Gorge, California

Ever since I hiked to Cedar Creek Falls on a weekday morning with my friend Joe in 2015 and we completely beat the crowds (see A Piece of Eden from March 2015), it has become a bit of a personal challenge or perhaps “tradition” to try and repeat this experience – which is a bit of a reversal of my earlier take on this location. :-)

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