Look At The View From The Inland Valley

Palm trees and the snow on the San Gorgonio Mountains is quite alluring.
Palm trees and the snow on the San Gorgonio Mountains is quite alluring. | Source

Traveling around in the Inland Valley after snow has fallen on the local mountains is quite picturesque. The contrast between palm trees in the Inland Valley below, and the snowy San Bernardino Mountains above makes for many ideal photo opportunities. Going for a walk gives me the luxury and freedom of looking at the trees in our urban forest, and mountains around me. Also, I can take pictures of angles people do not see when they are zooming by in their cars. Photography is also the inspiration for many of my art projects, and the day after it snowed in the mountains I was looking for a new reference photograph for future sketches.

If you ever want to see the true beauty of your hometown, then it is essential that you go on walks every week. Not only is walking good for the health, but it is stimulating for the imagination. One can almost meditate as they concentrate on scenery during a walk. Unlike pricey gyms, walking around your town does not cost a penny. If your doctor is suggesting you get more active, then why not take that advice by doing a bit of low impact walking. If you enjoy photography, then walks around your town will give you more opportunities to practice this craft.

Looking at hills in December here in Southern California.
Looking at hills in December here in Southern California. | Source
A palm tree in the December sun.
A palm tree in the December sun. | Source
A dirt road through a field.
A dirt road through a field. | Source
Trees along a dirt road.
Trees along a dirt road. | Source

There are many sights to see on a walk here in Southern California, and all you need to do is put on your shoes and take your camera with you. People always dream of seeing California palm trees when they are on vacation, but I think a lot of residents of Southern California take these for granted. Why not go for a stroll and gaze upon some beautiful palm trees? Since Southern California has so many bright days throughout the year, people walking outside should wear hats to protect their faces from the sun.

A cluster of palm trees with snowy mountains in the distance.
A cluster of palm trees with snowy mountains in the distance. | Source
The peak of Mount San Gorgonio poking up behind behind a group of palm trees.
The peak of Mount San Gorgonio poking up behind behind a group of palm trees. | Source
The amazing snow caps of the San Gorgonio Mountains in the distance.
The amazing snow caps of the San Gorgonio Mountains in the distance. | Source
Another photograph with the snow glazed San Gorgonio Mountains.
Another photograph with the snow glazed San Gorgonio Mountains. | Source
The snowy peak is peeking from behind the tree as if it were a large child playing hiding-go-seek.
The snowy peak is peeking from behind the tree as if it were a large child playing hiding-go-seek. | Source
View of the San Bernardino Mountains in the distance.
View of the San Bernardino Mountains in the distance. | Source
Self-portrait wearing a hat.
Self-portrait wearing a hat. | Source
Another self-portrait with my hat.  Yes, wearing a hat is very important for pedestrians, which helps to keep sun off our face.
Another self-portrait with my hat. Yes, wearing a hat is very important for pedestrians, which helps to keep sun off our face. | Source
The view of Mount Baldy in the late afternoon.
The view of Mount Baldy in the late afternoon. | Source
The snow capped San Gorgonio Mountains and palm trees in the foreground.
The snow capped San Gorgonio Mountains and palm trees in the foreground. | Source
Mount Baldy has a violet-blue hue near sunset.
Mount Baldy has a violet-blue hue near sunset. | Source

Near the evening the mountains begin to take on a purplish tinge. When I think of the song God Bless America and purple mountains majesty, I envision the San Bernardino Mountains in the twilight of the day.

The view of the San Bernardino Mountains with a palm tree.
The view of the San Bernardino Mountains with a palm tree. | Source
Mount Baldy looks like a frosted cup cake.
Mount Baldy looks like a frosted cup cake. | Source
Reaching the higher altitudes of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Reaching the higher altitudes of the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
The late day sunset on the peak of the San Gorgonio Mountains.
The late day sunset on the peak of the San Gorgonio Mountains. | Source
Another beautiful capture of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Another beautiful capture of the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Mount Baldy at sunset.
Mount Baldy at sunset. | Source
The outline the cajon pass with the setting sunset behind it.
The outline the cajon pass with the setting sunset behind it. | Source

The sunset is my favorite time to walk in Southern California because I enjoy looking at the vibrant sky, and the silhouette of the mountains and the trees against it. The cajon pass looks mesmerizing around sunset since the sun is setting right behind this region. So what is your favorite locale to walk during twilight?

Sunset and traffic lights in the Inland Valley.
Sunset and traffic lights in the Inland Valley. | Source
The silhouette of the Box Springs Mountains at sunset.
The silhouette of the Box Springs Mountains at sunset. | Source
Shadows at sunset.
Shadows at sunset. | Source
A storm wash with a view of the San Bernardino Mountains.
A storm wash with a view of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Posing by the storm wash.
Posing by the storm wash. | Source
Silhouettes of hills and palm trees.
Silhouettes of hills and palm trees. | Source
Palms and hills at sunset.
Palms and hills at sunset. | Source
Silhouettes of trees at sunset.
Silhouettes of trees at sunset. | Source
The trees and the telephone polls create interesting silhouettes.
The trees and the telephone polls create interesting silhouettes. | Source
Sunset and the shadows.
Sunset and the shadows. | Source
Silhouettes at sunset.
Silhouettes at sunset. | Source
A palm tree at sunset.
A palm tree at sunset. | Source
Telephone wires and trees at sunset.
Telephone wires and trees at sunset. | Source
Telephone wires at sunset.
Telephone wires at sunset. | Source
Mount Baldy at sunset.
Mount Baldy at sunset. | Source
The silhouette of Mount Baldy at sunset.
The silhouette of Mount Baldy at sunset. | Source
The view of Mount Baldy at sunset.
The view of Mount Baldy at sunset. | Source

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ethel smith 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

What contrast. Looks like a place where you can breathe and enjoy some space.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Yes, we are not has over built as some of the nearby cities, which I think is the charm of the east portion of the Inland Valley. LA is not for me. Too crowded there.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

View From The Inland Valley a lovely place and the photos says it all.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago

Cool photos. They do show that southern California is not all a lush green paradise though.


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I am not sure who thought Southern California was a lush green paradise. That sounds more like a tropical island to me.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

The photos remind me of the Redlands area. Very interesting array of photographs of the Southern California landscape.


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Your are rigt mcbirdbks. I took these photographs in the Redlands/Loma Linda border area.


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Peggy W 11 months ago from Houston, Texas

Nearing sunset, those mountains do have a purplish appearance as is referenced in the God Bless America song. Thanks for showing us more of your area. You seem to be a shutterbug much like I am. :)

Our drainage ditches here in Houston are sure to be filled to possibly overflowing today with the remnants of hurricane Patricia, Gulf of Mexico moisture and a low pressure front from the north all converging upon us this weekend. Street flooding is predicted and in certain parts of town that will be a certainty.


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SweetiePie 11 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

Our storm drains an barely handle rain water when if finally does rain. Yes, I enjoy taking pictures :)

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