A Virtual Tour of Southern California

The landscape of Southern California does have natural beauty beyond the urban jungle, and some of this can be found up in the San Bernardino Mountains. Perhaps I am a bit partial to the mountains because I grew up there, but anyone who has visited Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear will be likely to agree. Just looking photography from the San Bernardino Mountains can be quite enjoyable, but I recommend making a trip to this location if at all possible. Being able to walk around the mountains and taking your own pictures is even more relaxing than simply looking at a picture gallery. However, since I have an affinity for nature and travel photography, I will strive to share the beauty of the Lake Arrowhead vicinity via the pictures I have taken up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

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Map of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Shadows on the mountains in the late afternoon.
Shadows on the mountains in the late afternoon.

Looking down towards Hesperia you can see purple tones in the late afternoon, just before sunset. The picture above illustrates this phenomenon.

The view of a mountain street.
The view of a mountain street.
The view of a pine tree.
The view of a pine tree.
The glow of sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The glow of sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The view of the San Bernardino Mountains is quite spectacular, and something that is worth photographing on every trip I make to the mountains.

A cloudy day up in the an Bernardino Mountains.
A cloudy day up in the an Bernardino Mountains.
View of The Pinnacle through the trees.
View of The Pinnacle through the trees.
Blurry picture of looking down on the trees below.
Blurry picture of looking down on the trees below.
Snow capped mountains in the distance.
Snow capped mountains in the distance.
Looking out towards Hesperia with clouds in the sky.
Looking out towards Hesperia with clouds in the sky.
Walking down the forest road.
Walking down the forest road.
The barren tree of winter.
The barren tree of winter.
A December day in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A December day in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Interesting shape of the pine tree obscuring the view behind it.
Interesting shape of the pine tree obscuring the view behind it.
Mount Baldy in the distance.
Mount Baldy in the distance.
Another picture with Mount Baldy in the distance.
Another picture with Mount Baldy in the distance.

The San Bernardino Mountains is one of the most picturesque places you can for a walk in Southern Califonria. There are many opportunities to take fabulous pictures for yourself, or your blog.

Views of Hesperia.
Views of Hesperia.
Views of the clouds in the sky.
Views of the clouds in the sky.
Another view of The Pinnacles up in the San Bnerardino Mountains.
Another view of The Pinnacles up in the San Bnerardino Mountains.
Small pine tree is the focal point of this picture.
Small pine tree is the focal point of this picture.
Cloud streaked sky with trees.
Cloud streaked sky with trees.
Darker clouds in the afternoon sky.
Darker clouds in the afternoon sky.
A pine tree and the view of Mount Baldy.
A pine tree and the view of Mount Baldy.
Late afternoon with dark clouds in the sky.
Late afternoon with dark clouds in the sky.
The outline of the mountains on a dark and cloudy afternoon.
The outline of the mountains on a dark and cloudy afternoon.
Late December with cloud in the sky.
Late December with cloud in the sky.
Acorns on the ground in December.
Acorns on the ground in December.
Trees create silhouettes in the late afternoon.
Trees create silhouettes in the late afternoon.
The view of Mount Baldy near sunset.
The view of Mount Baldy near sunset.
Mount Baldy surrounded by clouds in the late afternoon.
Mount Baldy surrounded by clouds in the late afternoon.
A cloudy day over Hesperia in the distance.
A cloudy day over Hesperia in the distance.

Taking pictures up in the San Bernardino Mountains in late December is quite an enjoyable experience. I love gazing at the clouds, and the slightly muted sunsets. Of course I love the colorful sunsets the San Bernardino Mountains has to offer, but I also like the more subdued ones with clouds.

Bushes seen on a walk in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Bushes seen on a walk in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Mount Baldy in the late afternoon.
Mount Baldy in the late afternoon.
The outline of pine and oak trees on a late December day.
The outline of pine and oak trees on a late December day.
A burned tree stump on a hillside.
A burned tree stump on a hillside.
The view of Hesperia in the distance.
The view of Hesperia in the distance.
The view of Hesperia in the distance.
The view of Hesperia in the distance.
Tinges of orange seen above Mount Baldy.
Tinges of orange seen above Mount Baldy.
Another picture of Mount Baldy in the distance.
Another picture of Mount Baldy in the distance.
Silhouette of tree branches.
Silhouette of tree branches.
Looking down the hillside.
Looking down the hillside.
Mount Baldy with blue and orange tones in the sky.
Mount Baldy with blue and orange tones in the sky.
Clouds and outline of Mount Baldy in the distance.
Clouds and outline of Mount Baldy in the distance.
The outline of a pine tree with the view of Hesperia in the distance.
The outline of a pine tree with the view of Hesperia in the distance.
Walking up the hill.
Walking up the hill.
Looking down into the valley.
Looking down into the valley.

Taking pictures up in the San Bernardino Mountains in late December is another way to document the beauty of Southern California life.

A chimney and the gray sky of winter.
A chimney and the gray sky of winter.
Branches and the sky.
Branches and the sky.
Clouds in the sky of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Clouds in the sky of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Sweetie cat wants to go outside to play in the forest.
Sweetie cat wants to go outside to play in the forest.
Snow capped Mount Baldy in the distance.
Snow capped Mount Baldy in the distance.
Snow on the peaks of Mount Baldy.
Snow on the peaks of Mount Baldy.
The Pinnacles up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The Pinnacles up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The burnt tree stump.
The burnt tree stump.
A boulder on the hillside.
A boulder on the hillside.
Another view of Mount Baldy in the distance.
Another view of Mount Baldy in the distance.
The Pinnacles from another angle.
The Pinnacles from another angle.
An oak tree in front of the view of The Pinnacles.
An oak tree in front of the view of The Pinnacles.
Looking out at the forest that once was dense, but which is now sparse after the fire in 2007.
Looking out at the forest that once was dense, but which is now sparse after the fire in 2007.
Mount Baldy is magnificent to behold on a late December morning.
Mount Baldy is magnificent to behold on a late December morning.

As I go on my walks around the San Bernardino Mountains, I enjoy taking pictures of the beautiful landscape. Here are a few more of my favorites.pictures from these strolls.

The morning view of Mount Baldy.
The morning view of Mount Baldy.
Mount Baldy framed by trees.
Mount Baldy framed by trees.
The view of Mount Baldy from another angle.
The view of Mount Baldy from another angle.
The mountains and the trees.
The mountains and the trees.
The outline of the trees on the mountain.
The outline of the trees on the mountain.
Pine trees abound in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Pine trees abound in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Looking out towards the forest.
Looking out towards the forest.
Looking down the hillside.
Looking down the hillside.
Hesperia can be seen through this canyon.
Hesperia can be seen through this canyon.
Trees in December.
Trees in December.
A small tree.
A small tree.
The small tree at another angle.
The small tree at another angle.
The view from the Rim of the World Highway.
The view from the Rim of the World Highway.

The drive down the Rim of the World Highway is scenic with amazing views of the San Bernardino Valley below.

Clouds seen from the Rim of the World Highway.
Clouds seen from the Rim of the World Highway.
clouds in the valley below.
clouds in the valley below.
A rock formation along the Rim of the World Highway.
A rock formation along the Rim of the World Highway.
The view of the San Bernardino Valley with clouds above it.
The view of the San Bernardino Valley with clouds above it.
Looking down from the Rim of the World Highway.
Looking down from the Rim of the World Highway.
Clouds floating in the distance.
Clouds floating in the distance.
Mount San Gorgonio in the istance.
Mount San Gorgonio in the istance.
The view from the Rim of the World Highway is spectacular.
The view from the Rim of the World Highway is spectacular.
Looking down from the Rim of the World Highway to the canyon below.
Looking down from the Rim of the World Highway to the canyon below.
Another view of the canyon below the Rim of the World Highway.
Another view of the canyon below the Rim of the World Highway.
A small rock in the foreground on the Rim of the World Highway.
A small rock in the foreground on the Rim of the World Highway.
Traveling down the Rim of the World Highway.
Traveling down the Rim of the World Highway.
A guard rail on the Rim of the World HIghway.
A guard rail on the Rim of the World HIghway.
The outline of a pine tree on the Rim of the World Highway.
The outline of a pine tree on the Rim of the World Highway.
A tree trunk spotted on the Rim of the World Highway.
A tree trunk spotted on the Rim of the World Highway.
Pine trees along the Rim of the World Highway.
Pine trees along the Rim of the World Highway.
More pine trees along the Rim of the World Highway.
More pine trees along the Rim of the World Highway.
The outline of a tall pine tree.
The outline of a tall pine tree.
Another tall pine tree.
Another tall pine tree.
Beautiful pine trees can be seen along the Rim of the World Highway.
Beautiful pine trees can be seen along the Rim of the World Highway.

The trip down the Rim of the World Highway continues with many more beautiful pictures of scenery taken along the way.

Looking down from the Rim of the World Highway.
Looking down from the Rim of the World Highway.
View from Highway 18.
View from Highway 18.
Looking up at a pine tree.
Looking up at a pine tree.
Looking up at an oak tree.
Looking up at an oak tree.
Trees along the rim of the World Highway.
Trees along the rim of the World Highway.

Taking pictures of trees along the Rim of the World Highway as the car buzzes by creates a bit of a blurry and swirly effect in the photos.

Looking up at a pine tree.
Looking up at a pine tree.
Bushes on the hillside.
Bushes on the hillside.
Trees on the hillside.
Trees on the hillside.
The beauty of trees on Highway 18.
The beauty of trees on Highway 18.
This photograph of trees came out looking a bit surreal.
This photograph of trees came out looking a bit surreal.
The verdant color of trees.
The verdant color of trees.
There are many rocks on the hills above the windy curves of Highway 18.
There are many rocks on the hills above the windy curves of Highway 18.
More rocks on the hillside.
More rocks on the hillside.
Bushes and rocks on the hillside.
Bushes and rocks on the hillside.
Rock slides happen on the Rim of the World Highway, and netting is used in places to keep these from rolling down on to the road.
Rock slides happen on the Rim of the World Highway, and netting is used in places to keep these from rolling down on to the road.
Another bush on the hillside.
Another bush on the hillside.
Rocks and bushes seen outside the car window are almost like a blur.
Rocks and bushes seen outside the car window are almost like a blur.
Netting used to keep rocks from sliding down the hillside on to Highway 18.
Netting used to keep rocks from sliding down the hillside on to Highway 18.
More rocks and brush seen above the Rim of the World Highway.
More rocks and brush seen above the Rim of the World Highway.
The bushes look interesting growing in this rock laden soil.
The bushes look interesting growing in this rock laden soil.

On the trip down the Rim of the World Highway I enjoy photographing the rocks, trees and bushes. It is amazing how brush grows on the hillside in such rocky soil.

Rocks on the hillside above.
Rocks on the hillside above.
Brush grows in patches among the rocks.
Brush grows in patches among the rocks.
The Crestline exit sign on the way down Highway 18.
The Crestline exit sign on the way down Highway 18.
Looking up at the rocky hillside.
Looking up at the rocky hillside.
Bushes along the hillside.
Bushes along the hillside.
A stop sign along Highway 18.
A stop sign along Highway 18.
A curve along Highway 18.
A curve along Highway 18.
Looking up at the rocky hillside.
Looking up at the rocky hillside.
Trees along Highway 18.
Trees along Highway 18.
Trees seen from the backseat of a car.
Trees seen from the backseat of a car.
Tree at the top of a hill.
Tree at the top of a hill.
The outline of the hillside.
The outline of the hillside.
Bushes create the outline.
Bushes create the outline.
Brush and rock along the hillside.
Brush and rock along the hillside.
A yucca plant along Highway 18.
A yucca plant along Highway 18.
The gray sky above the Rim of the World Highway.
The gray sky above the Rim of the World Highway.
The outline of a mountain.
The outline of a mountain.
The view outside the window on the way down Highway 18.
The view outside the window on the way down Highway 18.
The hillside with sun shining on it.
The hillside with sun shining on it.

Taking pictures on your trip to Southern California is the ideal way to remember your travels, and to share beautiful imagery with the world.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

I love your pics. You've got some truly awesome ones blended into the mix. Thanks for sharing them.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

You do love your mountains and trees! It would be lovely to be able to live surrounded by so much natural beauty.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Paradise,

Yes, some of the pictures turned out really well. Thanks for commenting.

Peggy,

Yes I love the mountains and the trees since I grew up there, and miss it when I am away.


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Sweetie Pie, I meant to ask you and see I didn't do it...would you mind terribly much if I downloaded 2 or 3 of your pics from this hub, and another hub you made with the San Bernadino sunsets, and kept them on my screensaver???

Naturally, I wouldn't use them at all anywhere else without first getting your permission and also giving the proper credit.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Paradise,

I am honored you would love to use some of my pictures. I do not even mind if people use my pictures in blog posts or hubs, as long as they link back to me :).


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Great pictures!


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I loved them all, including the one of your cat, but the clouds are my favorite, the colors are awesome. Nature is so beautiful!

By the way, do you get hub notifications in digest form? I am wondering if it's my email account or a hubpages change... I liked the old format because right away I would see who wrote a hub.

Voted up, beautiful and awesome!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Dallas,

Thank you for your comment.

VioletSun,

I stopped receiving my notification along time ago, and I rarely check my email now to see if the new ones are working for me. I should check and see. Thank you for your comment.


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Thank you so much, Sweetie Pie, for permission to use a couple of your pics on my screensaver. You have a generous heart!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Appreciate that Paradise!


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katrinasui 5 years ago

This place is truly amazing. Pictures are simply amazing...


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed the pictures of Southern California katrinasui!


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

Those are amazing pics, I have visited southern California eleven times over the last 25 years, and it is absolutely my favorite place. I love the scenery, your pics take me there once more. Thanks so much for sharing!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Carco,

Thanks for your comments, and I hope you enjoy your next visit to Southern California some time soon!

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