My May 2013 Photo of the Month is Boundary Peak From Lake Domingo, made in San Diego County’s East Region along the U.S.-Mexico boundary.
Boundary Peak From Lake Domingo Background
Boundary Peak first captured my attention by this cylindrical shape as seen from miles away driving Interstate 8. I learned that the cone is no accident, and it is one of the few in San Diego County and I read somewhere it may have been volcanic in origin. If so, it’s probably an extinct plug.
At the time, I did not know that a beautiful lake sat just North. Lake Domingo is a reservoir that contains runoff from several area creeks. East of Tierra Del Sol and South of Boulevard, this is a pretty quiet place.
I went here originally with my friend James Contreras. There were some tough roads getting in, and he has the FJ Cruiser. When we were originally trying to find the right dirt roads, a local directed us but said the Border Patrol was busy there and they can really “rough you up.” We thought that was funny. To the best of knowledge, this area is public property, and over the years I have never had an issue being in areas where the U.S. Border Patrol was doing their job.
We drove around the lake about 270 degrees. You can get quite close to Boundary Peak itself, and I imagine you can rock scramble to the top if you wish. This was a good bird sanctuary, with the solitude and available water. I didn’t have my long lenses with me, but I spotted some rare birds I don’t see in town.
This large rock was very cool. I don’t know if some of the indentations had any Kumeyaay origins, because most morteros I see are on flat rocks. But perhaps.
While I am not a fan of the powerline, I left it in. I don’t believe this is the Sunrise Powerlink. I believe it is the earlier Southwest Powerlink (although both originate from the Imperial County Substation.
As always, thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the image.
T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.