The San Bernardino Mountains: A December Photo Gallery

The San Bernardino Mountains is very peaceful during the month December, which just happens to coincide with the winter holidays. Some people might consider the gray clouds and barren oak trees as depressing, but I think it is indicative and expressing the beauty of a late December day before a rain or snow storm. Most days in the San Bernardino Mountains are crystal clear, but there are story days in the winter. Besides, I enjoy both days that with blue skies, and those with the forest growth was much thicker over twenty years ago with pine trees obscuring the view of Hesperia in the distance, but the bark beetle infestation killed many of the pine trees. The forest is re-emerging and more little pine trees and oak are beginning to grow. Forest have cycles of growth, so it is amazing to see one coming to fruition before my eyes. If you ever want to enjoy the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains on a late December day, you should take advantage of all the deal around the winter holidays and rent a house up in the mountains.

The view looking down towards Hesperia on a partly cloudy morning.
The view looking down towards Hesperia on a partly cloudy morning. | Source

The amazing view of Hesperia with clouds floating aloft. This photograph was captured up in the San Bernardino Mountains looking down the canyon towards Hesperia. It is one of my favorite views.

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The trees in December.
The trees in December. | Source
The fog raiding above the Pinnacles.
The fog raiding above the Pinnacles. | Source
The clouds are floating above the valley below.
The clouds are floating above the valley below. | Source

In the photo above I adore the contrasts between the vibrant blue sky and the verdant shade of the mountains. The gray tones of the dead trees just adds more color and feeling to this image.

Walking in the forest near sunset.
Walking in the forest near sunset. | Source
The view of Mount Baldy at sunset.
The view of Mount Baldy at sunset. | Source
The outline of Mount Baldy is quite mesmerizing in the distance.
The outline of Mount Baldy is quite mesmerizing in the distance. | Source
Looking out towards Mount Baldy at sunset.
Looking out towards Mount Baldy at sunset. | Source
The view of the PInnacles in the late afternoon.
The view of the PInnacles in the late afternoon. | Source
Looking up at a magnificent cedar tree.
Looking up at a magnificent cedar tree.
Gazing out the window down on the valley below.
Gazing out the window down on the valley below. | Source
Looking down towards Hesperia.
Looking down towards Hesperia. | Source
The dormant oak trees have lost all their leaves by December.
The dormant oak trees have lost all their leaves by December. | Source
The view of Mount Baldy with boulders in the foreground.
The view of Mount Baldy with boulders in the foreground. | Source
Oak tree obscuring the view of Mount Baldy in the distance.
Oak tree obscuring the view of Mount Baldy in the distance. | Source
The view of Mount Baldy is clear in this photograph.
The view of Mount Baldy is clear in this photograph. | Source
The view on the forest trail during a walk.
The view on the forest trail during a walk. | Source
Looking out at Mount Baldy.
Looking out at Mount Baldy. | Source

In December many of the oak trees are barren since their leaves have fallen off, but some of the pine trees have succumbed to the bark beetle infestation of years past. There was a time that the forest was so thick you could not see down to Hesperia unless you walked father down the street to an area with a clear 180 view of the surrounding area.

Clouds cast shadows on the mountains.
Clouds cast shadows on the mountains. | Source
Gray clouds in the mountain sky.
Gray clouds in the mountain sky. | Source
The beauty of the Pinnacles up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The beauty of the Pinnacles up in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
A partially sunny, and a partially cloudy day looking out towards the Pinnacles.
A partially sunny, and a partially cloudy day looking out towards the Pinnacles. | Source
The view of the Pinnacles is obscured by the trees in this photograph.
The view of the Pinnacles is obscured by the trees in this photograph. | Source
Trees and views of the hills in the distance.
Trees and views of the hills in the distance. | Source
Gray skies and telephone lines.
Gray skies and telephone lines. | Source
Another view of the hills in the distance.
Another view of the hills in the distance. | Source
Dead trees and barren trees on a December afternoon.
Dead trees and barren trees on a December afternoon. | Source
The leaves have fallen off the oak tree and it is barren on a winter's day.
The leaves have fallen off the oak tree and it is barren on a winter's day. | Source

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prettynutjob30 3 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

Great hub, voted up and shared, my hubby's family live in San Bernardino. It was absolutely beautiful, I could see the mountains from his mom's porch.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your comments! I will have to check out some of your hubs.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

This was very enjoyable-you got some amazing photo's. Hit many buttons and voted up.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, Minnetonka Twin. I will have to check out some of your great hubs as well.


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

Very beautiful. I agree that being grey and barren is not always bad. Your pictures have shown the beauty of nature in grey and barren condition.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you, Agusfanani!


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, beautiful, interesting, and shared. Beautiful pictures here SweetiePie. I've heard of these mountains and always wanted to visit California when I lived in Arizona, but never had the chance. Enjoyed your photo gallery.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

@thelyricwriter, Thanks for reading and commenting. If you are ever in Southern California, you should definitely make a day trip up to one of the local mountain ranges. Each of these look similar, but have different points of interests, etc.


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ethel smith 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Looks great, with air to breathe and wide open spaces. Thanks for sharing


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

We have a lot of nice open spaces like this in California, but I think more so up in the mountains and high deserts away from the cities. Thanks, E!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

The San Bernardino Mountains: A December Photo Gallery beautiful photos and looks a wonder to nature


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your comments, DDE.


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ethel smith 2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Popped back for a second look. Great images


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, Eileen. Well it looks like they are finally getting snow up in the local mountains today, but why wait until almost March 3 to really snow. So silly!

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