Photographing The Mountains of Southern California

Living in Southern California means living close to the scenic San Bernardino Mountains. As a hobby photographer, it is mesmerizing to capture the mood of a particular day, which is what I try to do with these photo galleries. Simply take a digital camera with you so you can capture pictures that are evocative of the place where you live. People from around the world may never visit your community, but you can share it with them via the web, and even create art through the lense. When I take picture of the beauty here in Southern California, I hope it brings a bit of joy to those who see it. Today there is this pervasive attitude of needing to acquire new material possessions, but I want to get back to enjoying the tranquility of nature via photography. Looking at pictures of nature and beautiful landscapes is a way for me to relax, and simply enjoy life. Taking pictures of the gorgeous landscape around you is always an ideal way to document life in your part of the world for future generations to enjoy.

Map of the San Bernardino Mountains In Southern California

Mount Baldy covered with snow in early December.
Mount Baldy covered with snow in early December.

Spending time in the San Bernardino Mountains enables me to go on nature walks, and to take pictures of sights that are close to my heart.

View of The Pinnacles.
View of The Pinnacles.
The oak tree through a window.
The oak tree through a window.
The oak trees covering the view of The Pinnacles.
The oak trees covering the view of The Pinnacles.
The view of The Pinnacles is mesmerizing peaking through the leaves of the oak trees.
The view of The Pinnacles is mesmerizing peaking through the leaves of the oak trees.
An old power pole from the 1950's is still functional today.
An old power pole from the 1950s is still functional today.
Blue sky, forest and trees.
Blue sky, forest and trees.
Patches snow that have not melt since the most recent storm.
Patches snow that have not melt since the most recent storm.
The brilliant blue sky with the view of Mount Baldy.
The brilliant blue sky with the view of Mount Baldy.
Mostly sky, and a little bit of forest.
Mostly sky, and a little bit of forest.
Looking down a hillside with snow that has not melted as of yet.
Looking down a hillside with snow that has not melted as of yet.
Another breathtaking view of Mount Baldy.
Another breathtaking view of Mount Baldy.
Pine needles always have interesting shapes in pictures. I love drawing pine needles as these add texture to any composition.
Pine needles always have interesting shapes in pictures. I love drawing pine needles as these add texture to any composition.
The mighty branch of an oak.
The mighty branch of an oak.
Another view of the magnificent branch.
Another view of the magnificent branch.
Blue sky and the yellow leaves of fall.
Blue sky and the yellow leaves of fall.
Little patches of snow along the road.
Little patches of snow along the road.
Sunlit pine trees.
Sunlit pine trees.
Small patches of snow and trees.
Small patches of snow and trees.
Another view of the patches of snow and the trees.
Another view of the patches of snow and the trees.

Walking around scenic parts of Southern California will give you many opportunities to take amazing pictures. Also, being outside exploring nature is more fun for exercise than sweating away in the gym.

Looking down towards Hesperia.
Looking down towards Hesperia.
The view of Mount Baldy in the distance.
The view of Mount Baldy in the distance.
The trees on the hill below.
The trees on the hill below.
The Pinnacles in the distance are one of the many scenic delights of the San Bernardino Mountains.
The Pinnacles in the distance are one of the many scenic delights of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Another shot of The Pinnacles in the distance.  There are also a few dead trees in this picture.
Another shot of The Pinnacles in the distance. There are also a few dead trees in this picture.
The brilliant blue sky and the view of Mount Baldy.
The brilliant blue sky and the view of Mount Baldy.
Self-portrait taken up in the mountains.
Self-portrait taken up in the mountains.
I love to take pictures of the view of Mount Baldy, as seen from the San Bernardino Mountains.
I love to take pictures of the view of Mount Baldy, as seen from the San Bernardino Mountains.
Trees slightly obscuring the view of Mount Baldy.
Trees slightly obscuring the view of Mount Baldy.
A beautiful day in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A beautiful day in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Snow on a forest road.
Snow on a forest road.
Trees in the winter.
Trees in the winter.
Trees blocking the view of The Pinnacles.
Trees blocking the view of The Pinnacles.
Hesperia is in the distance.
Hesperia is in the distance.
The noble coulter pines.
The noble coulter pines.

Taking pictures of the San Bernardino allows you to have a special mountain getaway right here in sunny Southern California. Even though it snows up in the San Bernardino Mountains in the winter, the sun usually comes out right after a snowstorm. It is quite a sight to see.

Mount Baldy in the distance.
Mount Baldy in the distance.
Snow around the trees with the view of Mount Baldy.
Snow around the trees with the view of Mount Baldy.
Another magnificent view of Mount Baldy.
Another magnificent view of Mount Baldy.
The curve of tree on the left-hand side of the picture is quite interesting.
The curve of tree on the left-hand side of the picture is quite interesting.
The amazing view on the way looking down towards Hesperia.
The amazing view on the way looking down towards Hesperia.
A tree jutting up and blocking the view of the mountains in the distance.
A tree jutting up and blocking the view of the mountains in the distance.
The forest in the afternoon.
The forest in the afternoon.
Looking off towards the trees.
Looking off towards the trees.
A tree surrounded by a faint sunset.
A tree surrounded by a faint sunset.
The silhouette of the mountains at sunset.
The silhouette of the mountains at sunset.
The trees and the snow at sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The trees and the snow at sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Looking down towards Hesperia at sunset.
Looking down towards Hesperia at sunset.
The view from the Rim of the World Highway.
The view from the Rim of the World Highway.
The breath-taking view from the Rim of the World Highway.
The breath-taking view from the Rim of the World Highway.
Another picture taken on the Rim of the World Highway.
Another picture taken on the Rim of the World Highway.
Looking out from the Rim of the World Highway.
Looking out from the Rim of the World Highway.

On the drive down the mountain, I was able to capture many stunning views. I was not driving, by the way, so you should only take pictures if you are a passenger in the car.

Looking up a hillside.
Looking up a hillside.
Snow in patches along the Rim.
Snow in patches along the Rim.
View out the window traveling down the mountain.
View out the window traveling down the mountain.
Sun filtering through the tall pine trees.
Sun filtering through the tall pine trees.
Sun rays shining down on Highway 18.
Sun rays shining down on Highway 18.
The magnificent view seen from Highway 18.
The magnificent view seen from Highway 18.
Another breath-taking view from the Rim of the World Highway.
Another breath-taking view from the Rim of the World Highway.
Looking down from the Rim of the World Highway.
Looking down from the Rim of the World Highway.
Trees with sun glistening through on the Rim of the World Highway.
Trees with sun glistening through on the Rim of the World Highway.
More trees on the way down the Rim of the World Highway.
More trees on the way down the Rim of the World Highway.
The view of the Rim of the World Highway below.The
The view of the Rim of the World Highway below.The
Bushes on the way down the mountain.
Bushes on the way down the mountain.
A thin cloud cover above the Inland Valley.
A thin cloud cover above the Inland Valley.
The old Cliffhanger Restaurant as seen from a distance.
The old Cliffhanger Restaurant as seen from a distance.
This car went by so fast it looks as if part of it is disappearing as it drives up the mountain.
This car went by so fast it looks as if part of it is disappearing as it drives up the mountain.
The view looking up as traveling down Highway 18.
The view looking up as traveling down Highway 18.

The trip up and down Highway 18, also known as the Rim of the World Highway, is one of the most scenic drives here in Southern California.

Streaked clouds in the sky.
Streaked clouds in the sky.
Another view going down the Rim of the World Highway.
Another view going down the Rim of the World Highway.
The amazing clouds out the window with the view of the Cliffhanger.
The amazing clouds out the window with the view of the Cliffhanger.
Looking at a bush on the side of the mountain.
Looking at a bush on the side of the mountain.
The blue sky with sun rays shining down on Highway 18.
The blue sky with sun rays shining down on Highway 18.
Rocks on the side of the road.  These can be a danger during storms that dislodge the rocks from the hillsides.
Rocks on the side of the road. These can be a danger during storms that dislodge the rocks from the hillsides.
Trees and the cerulean blue sky.
Trees and the cerulean blue sky.
A large pine tree on the way down the mountain.
A large pine tree on the way down the mountain.
Clouds and a tree on the way down the mountains.
Clouds and a tree on the way down the mountains.
More wispy clouds, and the outline of Mount Baldy in the distance.
More wispy clouds, and the outline of Mount Baldy in the distance.
The view of the steep mountains on the way down the Rim.
The view of the steep mountains on the way down the Rim.
Telephone pole near the bottom of the 18.
Telephone pole near the bottom of the 18.
The heat of the sun basking upon Highway 18.
The heat of the sun basking upon Highway 18.
Brush and shrubbery on the hillside above the 18.
Brush and shrubbery on the hillside above the 18.
Looking above on the trip down.
Looking above on the trip down.
Rocky hillside as seen from Highway 18.
Rocky hillside as seen from Highway 18.
The hillside above on the way down.
The hillside above on the way down.
Looking out the window.
Looking out the window.
Another view near the bottom of the 18.
Another view near the bottom of the 18.
I love the ridges in the hillside, which you can see very distinctly in this photograph.
I love the ridges in the hillside, which you can see very distinctly in this photograph.

On the trip down the mountain, you will continue to see spectacular views. Documenting this with a camera allows me to share this part of the world with those who will never be able to see it.

The view near the bottom of the mountain.
The view near the bottom of the mountain.
The beauty of the Rim is apparent as you drive up, or down the mountain.
The beauty of the Rim is apparent as you drive up, or down the mountain.
Hairpin turns and deep inclines abound on the Rim of the World Highway.
Hairpin turns and deep inclines abound on the Rim of the World Highway.
Blue sky and the hills below.
Blue sky and the hills below.
The blue sky with the highway.
The blue sky with the highway.

So remember to take a camera with you the next time you are headed to Southern California, or wherever you may live. Nature photography can be a record of memories made in nature.

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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Sweetiepie, There is beauty in this world, and when I feel out of sorts, I like to be around nature, especially the trees. Enjoyed your photos especially the ones that captured the sunset and the patches of snow. Now I am inspired to carry my camera and take pictures of my side of the fence. :)

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

These pictures are absolutely awesome. Thank you for sharing.


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Kim Lynn 5 years ago

You live in a very beautiful place. People write on here from all over the world. It would be awesome to see the many beautiful environments near each person's home. Great idea! Glad to see another person who appreciates the beauty.

Voting thumbs up & beautiful!

Many Blessings,

Kim


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Taking pictures of nature is very peaceful, and I appreciate all the great comments!


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

The one of the moon grabbed my attention


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ocbill 5 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

Seeing snow on the ground in May or June is great in the US. climate change is definitely here.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi SweetiePie, nature is so beautiful and so are these pictures, thank you so much for sharing.


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ejazahmed2609 5 years ago from Abu Dahbi, UAE

Very excellent and beautiful glimpses of natural beauty. Obviously you have done a great job otherwise all the viewers could not be able to say marvellous nature scenes. thanks for sharing.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

It is wonderful the things you see through the lens of the camera!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate everyone reading and commenting on my photo essay!


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upal19 5 years ago from Dhaka

Huge pictures with awesome natural scenes. Good nature photography. Thanks for sharing.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I loved the one with snow on a forest road and also the ones with the rays of the sun shining through a forest. Nice to see nature images from your part of the world. Thanks for sharing them with us. Wonder how Mount Baldy got its name?


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Peggy,

Mount Baldy, officially known as Mount San Antonio, got its name because there are so few trees near the top. I love the view of this Mount, and photograph it quite a bit. If you ever go on YouTube and search Mount Baldy videos, you can see the gorgeous view from the top.

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