A Winter Day at Volcan Mountain (13 photos)

After checking some local webcams and seeing the amount of snow dumped onto our mountain regions by the strongest in a series of storm systems, I knew I just had to get out there to make photos. To get this amount of snow is rare, and the last time I had seen that was in 2011.

I went to Volcan Mountain again and hiked up to an open meadow where some Black Oak trees, mostly bare for the season of course, are standing more solitary and isolated. I hiked uphill through 4-5″ (10-15cm) of fresh snow, heavy and wet first, but becoming increasingly lighter and drier as I gained elevation. All along the trail I was following the tracks of a single coyote. :-)

The meadow was absolutely gorgeous – trees mostly shrouded in fog, but then momentarily the sun was breaking through the clouds. Where direct sunlight hit the trees, the snow and ice that covered the branches began to melt and fall almost instantly. It was a brief moment of winter magic in Southern California.

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