Shooting Stars

 There was an impressive amount of lupine at Figueroa Mountain last week but the shooting stars was by far the most interesting wildflower I saw. I don’t recall ever seeing one before so it was pretty cool to see a few along a trail even if it looked a little past peak. Shooting stars is …

Figueroa Mountain Wildflowers

 Figueroa Mountain is amazing place. Though the wildflower season was probably a bit past peak, there were still plenty of places with nice displays of flowers including this forested area carpeted with lupine. The scenic vistas from Figueroa Mountain were equally as nice as it reminded me of Mount Tamalpais, just north of San Francisco. …

Cachuma Lake

 My dad proposed to my mom 30-something years ago but the only story I kept hearing about from that date was how my dad almost caused a fire while trying to make lunch for the two of them at Cachuma Lake. Funny how the memory works because when I asked my mom a few years …

Carrizo Plain National Monument Wildflowers

 I spent more time at the Wind Wolves Preserve than expected, so as I was leaving at 4:45 I debated whether to go check out the Carrizo Plain National Monument or to drive back home. The directions I had made it seem pretty close by so I figured what the heck. It turned out to …

Kern County Wildflowers – 2010

 There are an incredible amount of lupine blooming just on the other side of the Grapevine in Kern County right now. The main difference between now and the display last year is that there seems to be less other types of flowers in bloom. Perhaps there are more to come but I’ll leave that to …

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

 “Our experiences can be so much more peaceful if it weren’t for having to deal with our own kind sometimes.” – Mark Graf. Particularly when you have overly-chatty park docents talking everyone’s ears off. There were a few birders and photographers at the Vernal Pools but it felt more like a ride line at Disneyland …

2010 Southern California Wildflowers

 I was headed to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve yesterday afternoon so I stopped in Lake Elsinore briefly to see if there were any flowers. The hillsides look green from I-15 but not a lot of other color so I didn’t expect to see anything. Up close however, I saw a few patches of …

Mammoth Lakes Scenic Vista (Caption Help Needed)

 I’ve had this and another unprocessed photo sitting on my computer for six months now because I haven’t been able to track down the name of this location. This scenic vista was taken from the waterfall bridge on the Mammoth Lakes Loop. I don’t recall the name of the bridge nor know what the valley …

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

 One of the most amazing places in California is not even located in a pretty location. However, during the winter months, the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge comes alive with hundreds of thousands of migrating Pacific Flyway birds. I visited on a December day five years ago to shoot some new slides for class and was …

Wade in the Water

 The nice thing about all this rain we have gotten in February is that we have water in the San Gabriel Valley. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen anything other than a dry river bed. This photo shoot was a bit more difficult than I had anticipated. There was a vantage point that …