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Fanita Ranch Mailing

Thoughts On Fanita Ranch

Fanita Ranch Mailing

Fanita Ranch Mailing

Last Week, I received a piece of mail about the long-proposed Fanita Ranch development in the Northern city limits of Santee. Continue reading

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.

Riverlake by T.M. Schultze

June 2018 Photo Of The Month: Riverlake

My June 2018 Photo of the Month is Riverlake, a photograph taken of the San Diego River in Santee, California. Continue reading

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.

Kwaaymii Point Monsoon by T.M. Schultze

My Favorite Photographs of 2017 (12 Images)

As 2017 comes to a close, it is time to create my post of my favorite photographs of 2017. Continue reading

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.

March 2017 Photo Of The Month: Santee Rocks Spring

My March 2017 Photo Of The Month is Santee Rocks Spring, taken near my home in Santee, California. Continue reading

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.

December 2016 Photo of the Month: Santee Southwest

My December 2016 Photo of the Month is Santee Southwest, a sunset image taken from the Mast Blvd. bridge near my home. Continue reading

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.

Perfect Evening At Home by T.M. Schultze

Best Images of 2016 (12 Images)

At the urging of many friends, I am creating a post that includes what are my personal favorite images of 2016. Continue reading

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.

Beautiful December Evenings In Santee

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

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.

Perfect Evening At Home by T.M. Schultze

January 2016 Photo of the Month: Perfect Evening At Home

My January 2016 Photo of the Month is Perfect Evening At Home, an image I made just outside my home at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. Continue reading

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.

Sunset Storm Santee Lakes by T.M. Schultze

Ending January With A Clearing Storm In Santee

Ending January With A Clearing Storm In Santee

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Oh no, my rainbow is gone!

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Great late light over Mission Trails and Lake 2

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That was all she wrote. A little nice light right at sunset, but the clouds were too low to light up after 15 minutes.

Driving back last night from Phoenix, I knew a quick storm was blowing in.  I made it over the mountains in East San Diego County before the rain set in.  Today was very rainy, but this storm was also particularly windy.  I saw many a tree flexing in the wind, and I wondered how many gusts it would take for the tree to finally break. Continue reading

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.

January 29 Sunset From Santee Lakes

January 29 Sunset From Santee Lakes

January 29 from Santee Lakes

Sunset in landscape orientation from Mast Blvd bridge

Tonight, the January 29 sunset from Santee Lakes was spectacular.  By this time of year, I am getting home from the office with time to spare to catch the last light.  The high clouds this afternoon looked like they were setting up perfectly and it did not disappoint.

Because Santee Lakes closes at 5 PM this this of year, I don’t have time to enter the park and shoot inside.  However, the Mast Blvd bridge is a perfect vantage point overlooking Lake 2.  You have a wide view of the park, Mission Trails and Cowles Mountain, as well as plenty of water and sky to balance the image.

My home is near the corner of Fanita Parkway and Mast Blvd, and there are a couple other overlooks that provide nice views at sunset.

It really is amazing how much of a difference the winter season makes for the light in Southern California.  These high clouds are amazing, and maybe not an unusual sight in areas closers to the normal path of the jet steam, but they aren’t always prevalent in Southern California.

Below, I have included a gallery of several images taken in several overlooks and in different image orientations.  I believe the Sunset in landscape from Mast Blvd is the best.  Let me know if you have a preference!

As always, I thank you very much for reading, and I hope you enjoy the images!

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.