My October 2022 Photo of the Month is EC76, photographed at an overlook along the Eastern shore of Lake Henshaw in San Diego County.
I got myself back doing something I haven’t done in a while – a simple one-day roadtrip. I have mostly stayed home during the pandemic, and limited most of my travels. Then gas prices became quite prohibitive. But I am still WFH1, and I realized I could spare the expense of using up a tank of gas.
With a storm blowing through the County, I decided on a quick loop. I went North to Temecula, then went East along State Route 79. I did a quick trip up State Route 371 through Anza to look for possible spots on a future trip, then headed back on Route 79 to Warner Springs. Here, I decided the late afternoon had some interesting light, so I headed over to Lake Henshaw.
There are a couple vantage points along State Route 76 and another on County Route S7. It was along one quick stop on Route 76 that I found some beautiful light and shadow below the clouds. The lake is smaller than peak, of course, due to drought and the time of the year. I waited for some time to see if there would be even more drama, but as the sun was getting very low, I decided to enjoy what I had and head home.
I only used a half-tank of gas in my Subaru Forester, so it did motivate me to consider getting out on these small trips a little more going forward.
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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.