This was a quick hike through the Pensaquitos Creek area of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. I went with my friends Alex and Shuwen. It was a mediocre hike but I did make a few images below. Continue reading
The past couple weeks have blessed San Diego with some beautiful light. Most of my time has been spent at home in Santee, but I have a favorite spot on the Mast Blvd. bridge. The gallery below shows a few of the images I have recently made. Continue reading
San Diego County 100 Peaks
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|NE||7||Mile High (P5340)||Rabbit Peak||575280||3693000||5340||Inter||2||ABDSP|
|NE||9||Square Top (P4649)1||Hot Springs Mtn.||545260||3691200||4649||Spot||5||ABDSP|
|NE||11||Pyramid (P3500)||Fonts Point||578760||3688700||3500||Inter||2||ABDSP|
|NE||12||Pike||Borrego Palm Canyon||547100||3685980||5571||BM||2||ABDSP|
|NE||13||Palm Mesa (P4660)||Borrego Palm Canyon||550000||3685580||4660||Spot||2||ABDSP|
|NE||15||Cody||Borrego Palm Canyon||546950||3684930||5587||BM||2||ABDSP|
|NE||16||Indianhead||Borrego Palm Canyon||553110||3683670||3980||Inter||3||ABDSP|
|NE||17||San Ysidro (P5386)||Borrego Palm Canyon||550250||3681300||5386||BM||2||ABDSP|
|NE||18||Kay||Borrego Palm Canyon||552180||3679990||3587||BM||1||ABDSP|
|NE||19||Ode||Borrego Palm Canyon||554230||3679940||1510||BM||1||ABDSP|
|NE||20||Sirens (P4401)||Borrego Palm Canyon||551420||3679820||4401||Spot||2||ABDSP|
|NE||21||San Ysidro||Borrego Palm Canyon||546800||3679350||6147||BM||2||Clev NF|
|NE||28||Borrego (West Butte)||Borrego Mtn.||574260||3672580||1207||Spot||2||ABDSP|
|NE||29||Pinyon Ridge (P4614)||Tubb Canyon||550880||3670950||4614||Spot||2||ABDSP|
|NE||31||Borrego (East Butte)||Borrego Mtn.||577640||3670220||1196||Spot||2||ABDSP|
|NE||35||North Pinyon (P3660)||Earthquake Valley||555050||3661660||3660||Inter||2||ABDSP|
|NE||36||Vallecito (P3583)||Harper Canyon||573860||3658430||3583||Spot||2||BLM|
|NE||37||Pinyon (P4492)||Whale Peak||561600||3657540||4492||Spot||2||ABDSP|
|NW||40||Agua Tibia||Vail Lake||501760||3696530||4781||VABM||2||Clev NF|
|NW||41||Eagle Crag||Vail Lake||504140||3694040||5077||Spot||2||Clev NF|
|NW||42||Palomar||Palomar Obs||515300||3691400||6142||BM||1||Clev NF|
|NW||43||Boucher Hill||Palomar Mtn.||507580||3688210||5448||Spot||1||Clev NF|
|NW||44||Black #1||Mesa Grande||517980||3668840||4045||BM||1||Clev NF|
|NW||45||Israel||Rancho Santa Fe||486750||3659450||1346||Spot||1||BLM|
|NW||48||Woodson||San Pasqual||502820||3652060||2901||BM||1||SD City|
|SE||49||Split MtWest (P1690)||Harper Canyon||581500||3653560||1690||Spot||2||ABDSP|
|SE||50||Split MtEast (P1690)||Borrego Mtn. SE||583920||3651560||1690||Spot||2||ABDSP|
|SE||53||Diablo||Agua Caliente Springs||570030||3650390||2460||BM(l)||1||ABDSP|
|SE||54||Middle||Cuyamaca Peak||537410||3649000||5883||Spot||1||Cuy SP|
|SE||55||Stonewall||Cuyamaca Peak||54007||3646840||5730||Spot||1||Cuy SP|
|SE||56||Cuyamaca||Cuyamaca Peak||536830||3645260||6512||VABM||1||Cuy SP|
|SE||57||Garnet Mtn.||Monument Peak||548150||3644360||5700||Inter||1||Clev NF|
|SE||58||Japacha||Cuyamaca Peak||537460||3643900||5825||Spot||1||Cuy SP|
|SE||59||Garnet Peak||Monument Peak||550680||3643000||5900||Inter||1||Clev NF|
|SE||60||Pine||Monument Peak||547380||3642140||5660||Inter||1||Clev NF|
|SE||61||Stage||Agua Caliente Springs||566890||3641910||2817||BM||2||BLM|
|SE||62||Monument||Monument Peak||554270||3639310||6271||VABM||1||Clev NF|
|SE||63||Oakzanita||Cuyamaca Peak||541070||3639080||5054||Spot||1||Cuy SP|
|SE||64||Red Top||Agua Caliente Springs||561640||3638540||4467||Spot||2||BLM|
|SE||65||Sawtooth (P4684)||Agua Caliente Springs||560240||3638450||4684||Spot||3||BLM|
|SE||66||Peak 5243||Cuyamaca Peak||542960||3638325||5243||Spot||1||Cuy SP|
|SE||67||Manza||Mt. Laguna||548790||3636700||5556||BM||1||Clev NF|
|SE||68||False Sombrero||Sombrero Peak||566253||3635766||3463||Spot||2||ABDSP|
|SE||69||Wooded Hill||Mt. Laguna||552530||3634700||6223||Spot||1||Clev NF|
|SE||72||Sheephead||Mt. Laguna||550270||3631400||5896||Spot||1||Clev NF|
|SE||73||Red Hill||Sweeney Pass||580827||3628406||1720||Spot||2||ABDSP|
|SE||74||Peak 3339||Sweeney Pass||570375||3627633||3339||Spot||2||ABDSP|
|SE||75||Indian Hill||Sweeney Pass||577528||3624541||2240||Spot||3||ABDSP|
|SE||76||Corte Madera||Descanso||538390||3624310||4657||Spot||1||Clev NF|
|SE||80||Los Pinos||Morena Reservoir||539660||3621740||4809||BM||1||Clev NF|
|SE||85||Morena Butte||Morena Reservoir||542870||3615010||3919||Spot||1||Clev NF|
|SW||86||Eagle||Tule Springs||527180||3649370||3226||BM||1||Clev NF|
|SW||87||Black #2||Poway||489190||3649040||1544||BM||1||SD City|
|SW||88||Iron||San Vicente Res||504260||3647830||2696||Spot||1||SD City|
|SW||89||El Cajon||El Cajon Mtn.||516910||3641660||3675||VABM||1||Clev NF|
|SW||90||Viejas||Viejas Mtn.||525720||3635730||4189||VABM||1||Clev NF|
|SW||91||North Fortuna||La Mesa||494400||3634120||1291||Spot||1||MTRP|
|SW||92||Kwaay Paay (P1194)||La Mesa||494940||3632820||1194||Spot||1||MTRP|
|SW||93||Pyles Peak (P1379)||La Mesa||496520||3631470||1379||Spot||1||MTRP|
|SW||95||Bell Bluff||Viejas Mtn.||528040||3629670||3409||VABM||1||Clev NF|
|SW||97||Gaskill||Barrett Lake||52664||3622190||3836||Spot||1||Clev NF|
|SW||98||Lawson||Barrett Lake||525760||3620770||3664||Spot||1||Clev NF|
1Square Top (Point 4649) has an optional class 5 summit block; rope recommended.
San Diego County 100 Peaks Progress
15 out of 100 peaks (02/11/2017)
Memorial Day at Fort Rosecrans
Every year I am in town, I visit Fort Rosecrans on the weekend before Memorial Day. Below is a section of images, followed by more information below the gallery.
Clicking on any of the images will launch the gallery.
The weather in most of San Diego this weekend was dark and gloomy. A cloud layer at about 3,500 feet hung above the coast. Because of this, most of the images I made were monochrome black and whites, which I found to be suitable to the holiday.
Fort Rosecrans hosts thousands of people on Memorial Day, and Cabrillo National Monument is even closed. Many volunteer groups, including my own Scout Troop, assist with flag planting on the Saturday morning before Memorial Day. Following those groups in the cemetery is a great way to mark the occasion.
This year, I took some time to look up every Schultze located at Fort Rosecrans. I don’t have any family with the Schultze name beyond my brother and father. A couple years ago, I parked near Section V to get the hillside photo looking towards the Coronado Islands in Mexico. A Phillip Schultze was just off the roadside. I located all 5 Schultze interrments and thought it was a great way to celebrate my name, even if they are not immediate family.
Nearby, on the way back to my car, I found a Lois Lane. There is always something interesting at Fort Rosecrans.
Memorial Day at Fort Rosecrans is incredibly popular, as it is with many National Cemeteries. Coming on Saturday or Sunday afternoon used to be the time to visit, get the images with all of the flags planted, and make great pictures. That secret is out now. I was stunned by how busy it was. I was able to make a lot of images, but there were a lot of people there.
Thank you reading, and I hope you enjoy the images.
Volcan Mountain Storm Hiking
My friend Alex Kunz and I decided a storm was the perfect time to get out and make some images. This time, we picked Volcan Mountain outside of Julian, California. We hiked in from the fire road to the Five Oaks Trail before reaching the summit. This is a collection of images from the hike.
As always, clicking on any of the images will launch a slideshow.
While making images in the fog is always a lot of fun, there were other highlights. The manzanitas looked amazing in the rain, with a beautiful sheen from the precipitation. It was a unique look.
We also experienced “tree rain.” For the most part, it wasn’t raining while we were hiking. However, there was an immense amount of water in the trees, so every time the wind kicked up, rain dropped on us from above.
While the wildflower season is over in the lower elevations, we were pleasantly surprised to find beautiful wildflowers in the 4,000 to 5,200 elevations on Volcan Mountain. The lupine were huge, if not sparse. And as luck would have it, Alex wanted to check out a side trail on the top and wondered what the source of the orange was in the distance. I immediately knew we were looking at California Poppies. I had no idea they could be found in San Diego County, but it was perfect habitat. On the wet side of the mountain, on an undisturbed hillside, it reminded me of the poppies that grown on Figureroa Mountain where I had been only weeks before. This was an excellent treat.
April at Ocean Beach River Channel
Here is a collection of images I took in April at the Ocean Beach River Channel.
As always, clicking on any of the images below will launch a slide show.
The Ocean Beach River Channel is where the San Diego River reaches the Pacific Ocean. There is a bird estuary on the South side of the River. Robb Field is a convenient location to park. The estuary is often affected by Dog Beach, especially on weekends. However, there were a few terns, willets, egrets and ducks to see.
An additional highlight was seeing the beautiful osprey nest in the baseball field in Robb Field. The nest is huge. It now hosts a family of Ospreys with some new baby osprey arrivals. On this night, it was amazing to watch the mother feed the newborns.
On any night, you are likely to see a dozen photographers lined up in the baseball field with their ultra-long lenses getting images. It is a great sight to see.
Views From The Balboa Park California Tower
My Photo club had an outing at Balboa Park, taking us to the first observation deck in the California Tower, which is connected to the San Diego Museum of Man. Below is a set of images, with more explanation below.
As always, clicking on any of these images will launch the slideshow.
The California Tower was opened in 1915, but was closed in 1935. Recent improvements, particularly safety, has allowed guided access to the bottom observation deck. There are two smaller observation decks above, but those have not been improved with safety features added. They remain closed to the public, but I don’t think the view is incredibly different.
Tickets can be purchased through the Museum of Man website. You should arrive early, and there is security that will look at your gear. We were able to arrange a special “photo tour” provided that we buy out the entire show. This wasn’t too tough.
One of the challenges we found is that the tops of the buildings in the park are not too attractive. Piping, duct work, and cabling appears to run on many of the flat-topped buildings. Compositions were tough. In addition, much of the shooting was from narrow angles. My El Prado images were very tight for this reason.
To me, the most enjoyable image was made of the Old Globe through the North lookout. It was really surprising how close you were to the top. A hawk nest sits on the top of the Globe facing South. The nest is not currently active, and it appears that the recent human traffic has sent the hawk elsewhere to live.
The weather was clear and warm. With the time change, the sun was higher than preferred. It would be great to come again, with the final 4:20 PM tour timed closer to sunset, perhaps late Fall or early Winter. Overall, it was enjoyable to hang out with friends and make images from a perspective I’ve never experienced in Balboa Park.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the images!
Santee Storm Clouds
This week, the El Nino weather system has really hit Southern California. While most people were heading for cover, I knew that there would be small openings of really dramatic weather.
Heading home from the office, I knew I had hit the jackpot. I was armed with my backup camera body due to my recent camera accident, and I was using my Nikon 20mm 1.8 lens on a crop sensor, so it really was about a 30mm equivalent on a full-frame system.
Lightroom’s recent addition of the panoramic export is excellent, and with less than ideal equipment, this was a great opportunity to use it!
The resulting image was a 28 image panorama that Lightroom had no issue stitching together. As you can see, the last light as the huge, high, clouds towered over Santee Lakes was amazing. The yellows on the high clouds got deeper and deeper just after sunset, before the light vanished all at once! Those are the brief moments that build memories. As always, it is great to own your own backyard, and have a good, quick, place to go when you are at home and the light sets up perfectly.
This view is from the Mast Blvd bridge look North over Santee Lakes 2 and 3. The clouds to the South of the bridge were dark and gloomy, which could have been a different but interesting image. I wanted to chase the light though, and the opening to the North was too much to pass up.
It still amazes me how much people miss the connection between so-called bad weather and the resulting images. Be safe, but get out there and brave the elements! your portfolio will thank you.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the image!