December In The San Bernardino Mountains

Light trailing across the sky in the late afternoon up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Light trailing across the sky in the late afternoon up in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source

The Christmas holiday takes place in late December, which is a time of year when I always visit the San Bernardino Mountains. I grew up in this mountain range, and I like to visit every few months. Here are some photographs I took during my recent trip to the woodland region, which is surrounded by deserts and inland coastal valleys.

Looking through the trees during a walk.
Looking through the trees during a walk. | Source
Snow capped peaks of Mount Baldy.
Snow capped peaks of Mount Baldy. | Source
Outline of a pine tree at sunset.
Outline of a pine tree at sunset. | Source

This video features one of the beautiful sunsets that can be seen up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Sunlight streaking across the sky.
Sunlight streaking across the sky. | Source
Closeup of the boulders on the Pinnacles.
Closeup of the boulders on the Pinnacles. | Source
Annie the cat stands on a boulder looking down the hillside.
Annie the cat stands on a boulder looking down the hillside. | Source
The pine tree is illuminated at sunset.
The pine tree is illuminated at sunset. | Source
The view of Mount Baldy at twilight.
The view of Mount Baldy at twilight. | Source
Burst of light during the last bit of sunset.
Burst of light during the last bit of sunset. | Source
The ridge in the distance with a view of part of Mount Baldy.
The ridge in the distance with a view of part of Mount Baldy. | Source
Thin streak of sunset pink in the sky.
Thin streak of sunset pink in the sky. | Source
The bright pink hue in the sky at sunset.
The bright pink hue in the sky at sunset. | Source
The sky with a tree that is devoid of leaves, and a waxing moon high in the sky above.
The sky with a tree that is devoid of leaves, and a waxing moon high in the sky above. | Source
The mountains always are so inviting in the morning.
The mountains always are so inviting in the morning. | Source
The mountains leading down towards Hesperia.
The mountains leading down towards Hesperia. | Source
The view of Hesperia from another angle.
The view of Hesperia from another angle. | Source
The view of Hesperia from the San Bernardino Mountains.
The view of Hesperia from the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
The forest road is a lovely place to walk on in the late afternoon.
The forest road is a lovely place to walk on in the late afternoon. | Source
Looking at the trees on a hillside in the forest.
Looking at the trees on a hillside in the forest. | Source
Another view of trees growing on a hillside in the distance.
Another view of trees growing on a hillside in the distance. | Source

In the video above I went for a short walk in the forest. If you have never been up to the San Bernardino Mountains, this will give you an idea about what this region looks like.

The Pinnacles up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The Pinnacles up in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source

Above is a video showing what the Pinnacles look in the afternoon. In late December the backside of the mountains are very sunny up until around three-thirty or so, which is quite deceiving since the sun sets about an hour after that. It makes you feel like it is a summer day, and with climate change there has been less snow in Southern California. People love to argue there is no climate change, but since I have witnessed my mountain go from a verdant forest to much more sparse after the bark beetle infestation and fires of the last few years, I do tend to agree with scientists who point out there is climate change. That is my take on it, and I am over ever wanting to argue with people about it. Years ago some guy just had to insist there was no climate change, and it feels good to realize I do not have to worry about those comments anymore.

The outline of a pine tree and oak tree at sunset.
The outline of a pine tree and oak tree at sunset. | Source
Oak tree branches are in the foreground of this mountain sunset.
Oak tree branches are in the foreground of this mountain sunset. | Source
Sunset with the outline of the mountains.
Sunset with the outline of the mountains. | Source
The pinkish hue of a sunset above the mountains.
The pinkish hue of a sunset above the mountains. | Source
The tangerine color in the sky at sunset.
The tangerine color in the sky at sunset. | Source
The pink sunset sky above Hesperia.
The pink sunset sky above Hesperia. | Source
The orange sky above Mount Baldy in the distance.
The orange sky above Mount Baldy in the distance. | Source
The orange sky above the silhouette of Mount Baldy.
The orange sky above the silhouette of Mount Baldy. | Source
Another shot of the amazing sunset looking out towards Mount Baldy in the distance.
Another shot of the amazing sunset looking out towards Mount Baldy in the distance. | Source
I love photographing the view of Mount Baldy at sunset.
I love photographing the view of Mount Baldy at sunset. | Source
The outline of the Pinnacles at dusk.
The outline of the Pinnacles at dusk. | Source
Another photograph of the outline of the Pinnacles before the darkness of night.
Another photograph of the outline of the Pinnacles before the darkness of night. | Source
The outline of pine trees at sunset.
The outline of pine trees at sunset. | Source

3 comments

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prettydarkhorse 22 months ago from US

Thanks for sharing it with us sweetiepie. I love the mountains.


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

These are gorgeous photos! I liked taking a tour of wehre you live. I live in the mountains too, just on the other side of the continent.


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SweetiePie 22 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for your comments prettydarkhorse and LadyG!

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