Trees In The San Bernardino Mountains

Yellow colored oak leaves up in the San Bernardino Mountains
Yellow colored oak leaves up in the San Bernardino Mountains | Source

Walking in the San Bernardino Mountains during late autumn furnishes a world-class view of golden oak leaves getting ready to fall to the ground, and the beautiful pine trees that remain verdant all year. Our deciduous oak trees have leaves that change between yellow and orange tinted hues, but are still mesmerizing to look at. There are a myriad of leaf colors that you can see during the autumn in other parts of North America, but the only color seen on our oaks is the yellow. Coming to the San Bernardino Mountains allows you to see the changing colors of trees, which is something you will not see much of in the Inland Valley and the urban areas of Los Angles.

The video above shows a lonely rope swing on a forest road.

Trees along the mountain hills.
Trees along the mountain hills. | Source
Coulter pines and an oak tree limb.
Coulter pines and an oak tree limb. | Source
Trees in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Trees in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Clouds floating above the trees.
Clouds floating above the trees. | Source
The outline of oak and pine tree limbs.
The outline of oak and pine tree limbs. | Source
The trees on the mountains have interesting outlines.
The trees on the mountains have interesting outlines. | Source
The golden tones of the oak tree leaves.
The golden tones of the oak tree leaves. | Source
The canopy of oak leaves above.
The canopy of oak leaves above. | Source
Peeking through the oak and pine tree limbs.
Peeking through the oak and pine tree limbs. | Source
The frosty look of an oak tree.
The frosty look of an oak tree. | Source

Walking around on an overcast day up in the San Bernardino Mountains is the perfect photo opportunity for all of the amazing trees.

The gold leaves of the oak tree and the roof.
The gold leaves of the oak tree and the roof. | Source
The various oak tree limbs have beautiful silhouettes.
The various oak tree limbs have beautiful silhouettes. | Source
Trees on all of the hills surround me.
Trees on all of the hills surround me. | Source
Gazing at the colorful leaves on an apple tree.
Gazing at the colorful leaves on an apple tree. | Source
The gray sky and the colors of fall.
The gray sky and the colors of fall. | Source
Outlines of the trees and the mountains in the distance.
Outlines of the trees and the mountains in the distance. | Source
Large pine trees on the forest walk.
Large pine trees on the forest walk. | Source
Pine cones on a hike up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Pine cones on a hike up in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
A grouping of coulter pine cone spotted on the forest trail.
A grouping of coulter pine cone spotted on the forest trail. | Source
A close-up of a coulter pine cone.
A close-up of a coulter pine cone. | Source

The fog in the later afternoon creates a frosty glaze through which to view the trees up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Pilot rock in the distance.
Pilot rock in the distance. | Source
Oak trees with golden colored leaves.
Oak trees with golden colored leaves. | Source
The view of Hesperia with trees all around.
The view of Hesperia with trees all around. | Source
The yellow leaves in a might oak tree.
The yellow leaves in a might oak tree. | Source
Looking out towards a hillside covered in oaks and pines.
Looking out towards a hillside covered in oaks and pines. | Source
Mount Baldy peeking through the trees.
Mount Baldy peeking through the trees. | Source
The golden leaves in the foreground make for a beautiful forest scene.
The golden leaves in the foreground make for a beautiful forest scene. | Source

Below is a video of little birds flying around the golden leaves of the large canopy of oak trees on the hillside below.

The next day was sunny and clear up in the San Bernardino Mountains, which allowed me to take more stunning photos of the trees.

Sun streaming through the limbs of an oak tree.
Sun streaming through the limbs of an oak tree. | Source
Trees on a hillside with the view of Mount Baldy in the distance.
Trees on a hillside with the view of Mount Baldy in the distance. | Source
The texture and outline of a pine tree.
The texture and outline of a pine tree. | Source
Many trees can be view from a hillside up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Many trees can be view from a hillside up in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Acorns were a rich food source for the Serrano Indians, who used to live in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Acorns were a rich food source for the Serrano Indians, who used to live in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Another photograph of acorns up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Another photograph of acorns up in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source

Taking pictures of the trees and the acorns in the San Bernardino Mountains is very intriguing. I have even made a meal out of ground up acorns I have collected up here, which was the main source of grain for the Serrano Indians before the arrival of Europeans.

Peering through the trees.
Peering through the trees. | Source
Trees in the foreground and along the hillside.
Trees in the foreground and along the hillside. | Source
Looking at a hillside with trees and houses.
Looking at a hillside with trees and houses. | Source
Dead trees and younger trees growing on a hillside.
Dead trees and younger trees growing on a hillside. | Source

In the San Bernardino Mountains there are a few hills with dead trees that have new trees sprouting around these.

Trees in the distance and brush in the foreground.
Trees in the distance and brush in the foreground. | Source
Gazing out at the tree on the mountains in the distance.
Gazing out at the tree on the mountains in the distance. | Source
Looking at trees in the canyon below.
Looking at trees in the canyon below.
A dirty road and trees in the canyon below.
A dirty road and trees in the canyon below. | Source
A golden colored oak tree.
A golden colored oak tree. | Source
A rock and a branch of a tree.
A rock and a branch of a tree. | Source
The Pinnacles through the veil of the oak leaves.
The Pinnacles through the veil of the oak leaves. | Source
Trees at the top of the mountain.
Trees at the top of the mountain. | Source
The dead and living trees on the hillside.
The dead and living trees on the hillside. | Source
Bird flying in the sky and a picture of the Pinnacles.  There are very few trees to be found on the Pinnacles.
Bird flying in the sky and a picture of the Pinnacles. There are very few trees to be found on the Pinnacles. | Source
A bird in the sky with the Pinnacles in the distance.  There are trees on the hillside to the right.
A bird in the sky with the Pinnacles in the distance. There are trees on the hillside to the right. | Source
There are only a few trees on this hill in the distance.
There are only a few trees on this hill in the distance. | Source

As I continue to walk down the road I see many other trees that are worthy of being photographed, or maybe even sketched.

Looking down a steep cliff up in the San Bernardino Mountains.  Trees are visible on the hillside across the way.
Looking down a steep cliff up in the San Bernardino Mountains. Trees are visible on the hillside across the way. | Source
Looking down a steep road in the San Bernardino Mountains.  There are trees to be seen on both sides of the road.
Looking down a steep road in the San Bernardino Mountains. There are trees to be seen on both sides of the road. | Source
A large pine cone at the top of the coulter pine tree.
A large pine cone at the top of the coulter pine tree. | Source
Looking up the tree laden hillside.
Looking up the tree laden hillside. | Source
Sun shining on a few rocks and a dead tree.
Sun shining on a few rocks and a dead tree. | Source
Sun glistening on an oak tree.
Sun glistening on an oak tree. | Source
Early morning sun on a coulter pine.
Early morning sun on a coulter pine. | Source
Sun beginning to streak through the trees.
Sun beginning to streak through the trees. | Source
Admiring large pine trees in the forest.
Admiring large pine trees in the forest. | Source
Looking at a small creek up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Looking at a small creek up in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source

As I continued my walk, I photographed a small creek that I could see from the road.

Trees in the creek.
Trees in the creek. | Source
More trees in the creek.
More trees in the creek. | Source
Water running over the rocks in the stream.
Water running over the rocks in the stream. | Source
A little stream up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A little stream up in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
The trees and the creek in the early morning hours of late November.
The trees and the creek in the early morning hours of late November. | Source
The rocks in the stream and the trees above.
The rocks in the stream and the trees above. | Source
Sunlight filter through the trees down to the creek.
Sunlight filter through the trees down to the creek. | Source
The trees and the creek.
The trees and the creek. | Source
Sun filtering through the leaves of an oak tree.
Sun filtering through the leaves of an oak tree. | Source
Peeking through the trees down to the creek.
Peeking through the trees down to the creek. | Source
Patches of sun and the trees along the stream.
Patches of sun and the trees along the stream. | Source

Comments 12 comments

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Beautiful photography! I voted it UP, etc.etc.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Mary625,

It was lovely being up here again in the San Bernardino Mountains, so I am glad you enjoyed the photos!


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stayingalivemoma 4 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

Great photos! I didn't know that you could make meal out of acorns. Very interesting!


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Stayingalivemoma,

The Serrano Indians used to soak the shelled acorns in water to get rid of the tannin, which makes these taste bitter. After soaking and boiling the ground up acorn meal for several hours, they baked the meal into flat breads and mushes. I tried it a few times, and it is a fun cooking experiment to do with kids.


lavender3957 4 years ago

Very nice pictures I thought only squirrels liked the acorns. Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Lavender3957,

Acorns were the main source of grains for many Native Americans living in California, and these can even be ate today by people who are industrious enough to harvest the acorns.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

Great hub for tree lovers:)....I live on a farm surrounded by eucalyptus trees of different sizes and shapes, I use gum nuts similarly you use acorns:)...thanks for sharing:)


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Beata Stasak,

Gum nuts sound lovely, and I am sure you enjoy walking around your farm with the lovely trees.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

How I would love to be up in those mountains today, this was the next best thing, thank you for sharing your lovely photos, voted up.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Movie Master,

Maybe you can make a trip to your local mountains soon. Glad you enjoyed this hub.


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prettydarkhorse 6 months ago from US

Very nice place and I am glad you continue to update it. Makes one want to go to that place.


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SweetiePie 6 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, Maita.

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