San Bernardino Mountains View

There are many amazing sights to behold up in the San Bernardino Mountains. The San Bernardino National Forest is eighty miles east of Los Angeles, and you can plan your trip to this vicinity using Google Maps. When you come up to the San Bernardino Mountains you might want to plan out your accommodations in advance using the Internet, which will give you ideas about where to stay. If you live in Southern California, you could always just drive up for the day to enjoy the scenery, and to get away from the hubbub of the valley. Life in the San Bernardino Mountains is a bit slower, and you will definitely see birds, coyotes, and other wildlife during a trip up here. I will recommend that you will not want to see a bear if you are out in the forest by yourself, which I can tell you from experience is quite scary indeed. Taking pictures of nature is quite inspiring and refreshing, so I will be sharing a few more of mine in this travel photo essay.

Map of The San Bernardino Mountains

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Map of Lake Arrowhead and the San Bernardino Mountains. You can use Google Maps to plan your trip to this location.

Pictures of The Snowy San Bernardino Mountains

Snow on the trees here in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Snow on the trees here in the San Bernardino Mountains.
I love the shapes of the bare branches when there is snow piling up.  The frozen stuff makes the trees look otherworldly.
I love the shapes of the bare branches when there is snow piling up. The frozen stuff makes the trees look otherworldly.
Gazing at a frozen tree can be more delightful than a frozen icy treat in July.
Gazing at a frozen tree can be more delightful than a frozen icy treat in July.
Looking down at a snowy hillside.
Looking down at a snowy hillside.
Annie cat is taking a respite from the snow.
Annie cat is taking a respite from the snow.
Annie cat is wondering why Sweety cat likes to play in the snow.
Annie cat is wondering why Sweety cat likes to play in the snow.
Closeup of Annie cat.
Closeup of Annie cat.
Annie can hear the storm outside, but she is glad not to be out there.
Annie can hear the storm outside, but she is glad not to be out there.
Snow is piling up on the large branch of an oak tree.
Snow is piling up on the large branch of an oak tree.
Icy cold snow is quite beautiful to photograph here in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Icy cold snow is quite beautiful to photograph here in the San Bernardino Mountains.

It is spectacular to walk around in snow boots and take pictures of the white laden trees, but I can tell you Annie cat does not agree.  She decided to stay inside for the duration of the snowstorm.

The Snow Keeps Piling Up

Snow is piling up on the truck.
Snow is piling up on the truck.
It will take awhile for this snow storm to melt.
It will take awhile for this snow storm to melt.
Birds are taking refuge underneath the snowy truck.
Birds are taking refuge underneath the snowy truck.
Sun is making the snow glisten and sparkle.
Sun is making the snow glisten and sparkle.
Another view of the glistening snow.
Another view of the glistening snow.
The sunlight makes the snow shine.
The sunlight makes the snow shine.
Pink pear blossoms in the snow.
Pink pear blossoms in the snow.
Closeup of the pear blossoms after the snow storm.
Closeup of the pear blossoms after the snow storm.
A pear tree heavily laden with snow and blossoms.
A pear tree heavily laden with snow and blossoms.
The base of a mighty oak tree.
The base of a mighty oak tree.
The sunlight on the mountains in the distance makes the snow sparkle like a million diamonds.
The sunlight on the mountains in the distance makes the snow sparkle like a million diamonds.
The shadows in the foreground, and the sunlight in the distance makes this pictures mesmerizing.
The shadows in the foreground, and the sunlight in the distance makes this pictures mesmerizing.

Tree Branches Laden With Snow

Can you imagine what it would be like to be a tree laden with snow after a storm?  I used to imagine what that would be like as a child after seeing the branches of various trees weighed down with snow.

A pear tree with blossoms and snow on its heavily laden branches.
A pear tree with blossoms and snow on its heavily laden branches.
The sun makes the snow sparkle like diamonds.
The sun makes the snow sparkle like diamonds.
The brightly illuminated snow.
The brightly illuminated snow.
The snow on the mountains is shining bright.
The snow on the mountains is shining bright.
Shadows and light after the snow storm.
Shadows and light after the snow storm.
A view of The Pinnacle after the snow storm.
A view of The Pinnacle after the snow storm.
The snow on the pine trees.
The snow on the pine trees.
The Pinnacles are framed by trees on each side.
The Pinnacles are framed by trees on each side.
Snow is piled up on a fence, and you can see The Pinnacles in the distance.
Snow is piled up on a fence, and you can see The Pinnacles in the distance.
The snow covered Pinnacles up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The snow covered Pinnacles up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

After a snow storm, everything up in the San Bernardino Mountains is covered with the white frozen matter.  However, at sunset you can see brilliant ranges of colors in the sky, and the silhouettes of the mountains and the trees create interesting shapes. 

The San Bernardino Mountains At Sunset

The outline of the mountains at sunset.
The outline of the mountains at sunset.
Fuchsia and tangerine colors in the sunset.
Fuchsia and tangerine colors in the sunset.
Pink and orange colors in the sunset of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Pink and orange colors in the sunset of the San Bernardino Mountains.
The silhouettes of the tree branches and the mountains.
The silhouettes of the tree branches and the mountains.
The Pinnacles at sunset hour.
The Pinnacles at sunset hour.
The dark cloud and the sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The dark cloud and the sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Silhouette of the sunset.
Silhouette of the sunset.
Orange and pink colors at sunset.
Orange and pink colors at sunset.
The outline of The Pinnacles at sunset.
The outline of The Pinnacles at sunset.
Dark blue, purple, pink and orange colors of the sunset.
Dark blue, purple, pink and orange colors of the sunset.
Streaks in the sky.
Streaks in the sky.
Orange and pink colors in the sunset.
Orange and pink colors in the sunset.
The silhouette of the sunset.
The silhouette of the sunset.
Pink and orange colors in the sky.
Pink and orange colors in the sky.
The silhouette of the Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The silhouette of the Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The outline of the pine tree.
The outline of the pine tree.
Dark and vibrant colors of the sunset.
Dark and vibrant colors of the sunset.
Orange and pink colors of the sunset.
Orange and pink colors of the sunset.
Looking down towards Hesperia at sunset.
Looking down towards Hesperia at sunset.
The shadows of the mountains with brilliant colors of sunset.
The shadows of the mountains with brilliant colors of sunset.

Taking Pictures In The San Bernardino Mountains

Do not forget to take your camera along when you capture pictures of the landscapes here in the San Bernardino Mountains.  I guarantee you will see many sights worth photographing.

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Ralph Deeds 5 years ago

Nice picsl!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you Ralph Deeds! I always appreciate your comments.


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The Loan Arranger 5 years ago

Great pics. It's funny how we all love colour tv etc but we all marvel at pictres of snow which look black and white. They are great snow pics though.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

The Loan Arranger,

I like looking at black and white photos, and enjoy the old black and white movies. Not all the time, but from time to time.


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

Being from Florida , I have never seen snow. But you peaked my interest. I will look into visiting.

Thanks for posting


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PierAllegro 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hi, Great shots. However, just a tip from a photo buff, when photographing snow overexpose by one stop. Then again, with digital photography you can make corrections in Photoshop


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

You have the most beautiful sunsets in the world.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

LuisEGonzalez,

Maybe one day you can go on a vacation and see snow. Living here in Southern California many people have never gone up to see the snow because it is up in the mountains.

PierAllegro,

Thanks for your opinion. I really love the way my photographs turned out though, so pleased and will not change these. By the way I am an artist and drawing is my specialty, and I learned I am really good at the compositions with photography.

Paradise7,

Yes, we do get some beautiful photographs here in Southern California.


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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

The pictures look beautifully chilly and those colors of sunset are amazing too.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you agusfanani!


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

I LOVE the sunset photos. Great job. Also, I think you have a very thoughtful-looking cat. :)


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you like the sunsets and my cat Om Parmapoonya!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi SweetiePie, I doubt if I will ever visit the San Bernardio mountains, but this is the next best thing, I have so enjoyed your photos, I love photographing a sunset, these are amazing, thank you for a fantastic hub.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your comments Movie Master!


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Darrylmdavis 3 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

Some lovely sunsets :-)


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poetryman6969 15 months ago

I have never really considered that there might be snow in the San Bernardino mountains. When I lived in New Mexico, during certain parts of the year you could drive up from warmer climes up where there was snow.


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SweetiePie 15 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

I think only people who live inland about sixty miles east of Los Angeles realize it snows in the mountains of Southern California. Although we have been getting less snow in the local mountains over the last few years due to droughts.

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