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March 2020 Photo of the Month: LM115

My March 2020 Photo of the Month is LM115, taken in early March during a rainstorm clearing the Laguna Mountains in San Diego County.

LM115 by T.M. Schultze
LM115 by T.M. Schultze

LM115 Background

It is unusual to post my monthly Photo of the Month on the 19th. I can think of no better way to illustrate what is going on in our everyday lives than to give up hope of creating a better image. The likelihood of a County-wide order to Shelter-In-Place is growing.  I am not a big practitioner of in-home photography, so this is what you get.

I took this photo on March 1 after the driest February on record.  The winds were howling, the clouds were moving fast, and the temperature dropped quick enough that I decided to leave Laguna Crest after 8 images in case snow started coming in.

A lot of people stop at the USFS Storm Canyon Overlook, the one with the nicely-built deck.  This is an alternate view, about a half-mile up Sunrise Highway.  It appears this small turnoff is a piece of an older version of Sunrise Highway.  You can see older road going North, although its only dirt now.

What I liked most about the image was the symmetry.  I carefully composed so just a little of the foreground brush was viewable, and let each mountain take its section of the image.  Then, I was blessed with just a little magic from Mother Nature, as the clouds created a great pattern.  Even though this is a still (the wind was just too bad for a long-exposure image), you can still sense the turbulence as the storm fought the rain shadow over the crest.

Gimme Shelter….If You Must

Is there reason for hope?  I suppose.  My last post was both fatalist and ended on a hopeful note.  The cabin fever has already set in.  I have had to do very little behavior modification as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.  As an introvert, I was into social distancing before it was a term.

But I also like to be active, and outside, and experiencing new things, particularly in the outdoors.  The prospect of sheltering-in-place for 2 weeks or more is already messing with my mind.  (Editor’s Note:  Within seconds of posting this, my friend texted me that the entire State of California is now shut down.)  Will I even have an April Photo of the Month?  I don’t know how we will all get through this, but history shows we will.  If this is the last good image I have for March, then it’s meant to be.  I took some of Gary Crabbe’s last blog post to heart, and if I must sit at home, it will be in Lightroom searching for good light of the past.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the image.

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3 thoughts on “March 2020 Photo of the Month: LM115”

  1. I’ve been looping Spirit’s “Nature’s Way” most of the morning :-). Katherine and I have been getting out for long walks around La Mesa. It’s not hard to avoid others during our walks and then we wash up when we get home. Like you, I was social distancing before it was imposed.
    Stay well.


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