Photography of The San Bernardino Mountains

Picture fog wafting through the trees on a late April morning, which is how I choose to open this hub about my photography of the San Bernardino Mountains. Art has been a big part of my life since I first picked up a pencil and began drawing. Around the age of seven I received my first camera as a birthday gift, and even back then I took pictures I still use today. Actually the header on one of my websites is a picture I took from the top of the Pinnacles back when I was nine years old. One thing I enjoy doing with old photographs is scanning these, which allows me to enhance photos that have faded. I highly recommend purchasing a scanner so you can digitize and restore your old photographs. All the photographs in this hub were taken by me, J Hanna, and these may not be used without permission.

Fog drifting through the parting of the trees up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Fog drifting through the parting of the trees up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

An early morning walk in late April reveals the drastic changes in weather that can be found in Southern California in general, and the San Bernardino Mountains in particular. During some late April days it can be completely clear and sunny, and on other days it is foggy and brooding. My photography captures the various changes in weather that are visited upon the San Bernardino Mountains.

The mountain looks very broody in this picture.
The mountain looks very broody in this picture. | Source
The branches of the oak tree are framing the mist.
The branches of the oak tree are framing the mist. | Source

Here is a video I created showing the view of the San Bernardino Mountains in April.

A Sunny Day In The San Bernardino Mountains

A clear blue sky day with a view of the amazing Pinnacles in the distance.
A clear blue sky day with a view of the amazing Pinnacles in the distance. | Source

The picture above of the Pinnacles taken on a sunny day shows the rapid changes in weather that can occur during April in the San Bernardino Mountains. The previous day it was foggy as shown in the pictures above, and the day I took the picture of the Pinnacles there were clear blue skies and temperatures in the low sixties.

Oak branches obscuring the view of the Pinnacles.
Oak branches obscuring the view of the Pinnacles. | Source

In this photograph I liked how the bare leafs of the oak tree obscured the view of the Pinnacles.

A tree that fell down on the forest road after a storm.
A tree that fell down on the forest road after a storm. | Source
The Pinnacles with the view of the trees to the side.
The Pinnacles with the view of the trees to the side. | Source
Another picture of the fallen tree.
Another picture of the fallen tree.
Gazing through the trees to the mountains in the distance.
Gazing through the trees to the mountains in the distance. | Source
The Pinnacles are obscured by trees in this photo.
The Pinnacles are obscured by trees in this photo. | Source

The pictures above were taken on a clear late April day. The bare branches of the oak trees make for an interesting contrast with the blue sky, and the mountains in the distance.

Leaving The San Bernardino Mountains

Sun shining down on the Rim of the World Highway.
Sun shining down on the Rim of the World Highway. | Source
Looking down on the San Bernardino Valley on the drive down the Rim.
Looking down on the San Bernardino Valley on the drive down the Rim. | Source
A view of a pine tree on the drive down the mountain.
A view of a pine tree on the drive down the mountain. | Source

I always am a bit sad when I Leave the San Bernardino Mountains after a visit, but the view on the way down can be quite spectacular. Above are a few pictures I took at the end of the day with the sun filtering through the trees.

The videos above showcase the landscape on the drive down the Rim of the World Highway.

Stopping At A Turnout Point On The Rim of the World Highway

Clouds floating above the San Beranrdino Valley.  Looking down from the Rim.
Clouds floating above the San Beranrdino Valley. Looking down from the Rim. | Source
A rock formation on a turnout on the Rim, and the view of Mount San Gorgonio in the distance.
A rock formation on a turnout on the Rim, and the view of Mount San Gorgonio in the distance. | Source
Another look at the view from the Rim of the World Highway, which is considered one of the most scenic drives in the US.
Another look at the view from the Rim of the World Highway, which is considered one of the most scenic drives in the US. | Source
Brush in the foreground, and clouds lingering above the San Bernardino Valley in the distance.
Brush in the foreground, and clouds lingering above the San Bernardino Valley in the distance.
At an altitude of 5,000 feet you can be above the clouds without flying.
At an altitude of 5,000 feet you can be above the clouds without flying. | Source
Mount San Gorgonio looks pristine and snow capped, as seen from a turnout on the Rim of the World Highway.
Mount San Gorgonio looks pristine and snow capped, as seen from a turnout on the Rim of the World Highway. | Source
There is just something magnificent about looking at the clouds soaring above the San Bernardino Valley.
There is just something magnificent about looking at the clouds soaring above the San Bernardino Valley. | Source
Looking down the hillside with canyons leading towards the San Bernardino Valley.
Looking down the hillside with canyons leading towards the San Bernardino Valley. | Source
Another view looking down the canyons.
Another view looking down the canyons. | Source
Just a little up the way from here the movie Heidi, staring Shirley Temple, was filmed at Switzer Park. It does not exactly look like the Alps, but in the 1930's world of Hollywood movies, it was about the closest you could get.
Just a little up the way from here the movie Heidi, staring Shirley Temple, was filmed at Switzer Park. It does not exactly look like the Alps, but in the 1930s world of Hollywood movies, it was about the closest you could get. | Source

The photos I took of the view from the Rim of the World Highway on that late April day a few months ago were not quite as magnificent as a few shots I captured back in December of 2010. Just up the road from where I photographed the view from Highway 18 is Switzer Park, which is the location where they filmed parts of the 1938 movie Heidi with Shirley Temple. The San Bernardino Mountains do not exactly look like the Alps, but this was about the closest you could get in Hollywood in the 1930s. This was back when people did not have the ability to travel to film movies on location like they can now, so it is a bit exciting how so many Hollywood movies were filmed up here in the San Bernardino Mountains, which I am sure you can see why. To this day the Rim of the World Highway, also known as Highway 18, is considered one of the most scenic drives in the US.

Copyright Notice: All of the photos and text on this hub are the intellectual property of J Hanna, and may not be used without permission. The videos on this hub were created by me, and uploaded to YouTube. I have no problem with people embedding my videos on their website for use, but I do take issue with people plagiarizing my photography, artwork, and writing. Go write your own content and take your own pictures please. Some people tend to copy all the content off my hubs, so this will be a good way to see if someone has.

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TeriSilver 5 years ago from The Buckeye State

Nice photographs, thanks for sharing!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State

Very pretty collection of landscapes. Good Job!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your comments Teri Silver and HC Porter!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Fabulous photos that show a lot of creativity and flair!

and an excellent job of scanning and enhancing!

voting up and all the buttons!

Loved this, thank you.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for bringing this beautiful world to us. It is magnificent. Great photos.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Movie Master,

I appreciate your comments.

Hello, hello,

Glad you enjoyed the photos.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Lovely and peaceful. I want to visit the San Bernardino Mountains some day. :)


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Om Paramapoonya,

I definitely recommend the trip to the San Bernardino Mountains if you are ever in the Southern California area. Thanks for your comments :).


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prettydarkhorse 2 years ago from US

I haven't seen this one yet. Beautiful place and nice hub.


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VioletSun 2 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

A beautiful gallery of photos. I like them all as each one has it's character but my favorite ones are the first one with the fog and the one with the sun shining down on the rim of the world highway.


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Prettydarkhorse,

Thanks for your comments.

VioletSun,

I do like the one with the fog and the one on the rim. Those were both nice scenes to photograph. Thanks for commenting!

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