The View of Snow-capped Mountains And Palm Trees In Southern California

The snow has glazed the top of the San Gorgonio Mountains.
The snow has glazed the top of the San Gorgonio Mountains. | Source

The view of the San Gorgonio Mountians with snow on the peaks is quite spectacular. When people think of Southern California they might envision palm trees because of Hollywood movies, but here in the Inland Valley you can also see snow capped mountains behind the palm trees in the winter months. Thus, palm trees and snow are very much iconic parts of Southern California that people never associate together, but which you can see on many a day. Actually, many picture postcards used to feature orange grooves with the snow capped San Bernardino Mountains in the background, but there are never any movies filmed here anymore. I really feel it is a shame so few movies are filmed in the Inland Valley these days because this is such a beautiful place, but I love to photograph it anyway to share its beauty. The contrast between the snow on the mountains above and the warm temperatures in the valley below is what makes Southern California ever alluring. The contrasts in the micro-climates is truly amazing.

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This map shows the San Bernardino Mountains region, which can be seen in many of these photographs.

The San Gorgonio Mountains are visible in the distance and there are a few palm trees visible in the foreground.

Palm trees reach great heights in Southern California.
Palm trees reach great heights in Southern California. | Source

There are many tall palm trees to found all around the Inland Valley.

Snow on the San Gorgonio Mountains in the distance.
Snow on the San Gorgonio Mountains in the distance. | Source

In the distance the San Gorgonio Mountains are coated in snow.

Three palm trees all standing together.
Three palm trees all standing together. | Source

Palm trees are often planted in groups of three in Southern Calfornia.

The snowy mountain perches out from the palm trees in the foreground.
The snowy mountain perches out from the palm trees in the foreground. | Source

In the photo above the snow capped mountains are hiding behind the palm trees.

Snow is frosting the mountains in the video above.

Washingtonian palm trees in Southern California.
Washingtonian palm trees in Southern California. | Source

These lush washingtonian palm trees are spectacular to behold.

Looking up at the magnificent fronds of the palm tree.
Looking up at the magnificent fronds of the palm tree. | Source

Here I am looking up at the leaves of a lovely washingtonian palm tree.

The mighty  fronds of the palm tree.
The mighty fronds of the palm tree. | Source

The fronds of the palm tree are amazing to look at.

A smaller Washingtonian palm tree.
A smaller Washingtonian palm tree. | Source

The little washingtonian palm tree looks very cute next to the larger ones.

Pine trees and the snowy mountains.
Pine trees and the snowy mountains. | Source

The peaks of the San Gorgonio Mountains are peaking through the pine trees in this photograph.

The San Gorgonio Mountains with snow on the peaks.
The San Gorgonio Mountains with snow on the peaks. | Source

People do not usually think about palm trees and snowy mountains being synonymous, but these are in Southern California since you can see the palms in the Inland Valley and snow capped mountains in the distance. The Inland Valley is formed by the San Gabriel, San Bernardino, and San Gorgonio Mountain ranges.

The San Bernardino Mountains with a touch of snow.
The San Bernardino Mountains with a touch of snow. | Source

There is a tiny bit of snow seen here on the photograph of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Little purple flowers in a field.
Little purple flowers in a field. | Source

I always enjoy photographing flowers I see on my walks past fields.

Mountains poking through the trees.
Mountains poking through the trees. | Source

A little bit of the San Bernardino Mountains is poking here through the pine trees.

Snow melting down the mountains.
Snow melting down the mountains. | Source

Snow is trickling and melting down the mountain.

There are palm trees and snowy mountain to drink in.
There are palm trees and snowy mountain to drink in. | Source

There is a picture of a palm tree directly in front of the view of the San Gorgonio Mountains.

The outline of two palm trees with the snow capped San Gorgonio Mountains.
The outline of two palm trees with the snow capped San Gorgonio Mountains. | Source

The San Gorgonio Mountains are exquisite with palm tree framing them.

The peak of Mount San Gorgonio and the top of palm tree fronds.
The peak of Mount San Gorgonio and the top of palm tree fronds. | Source

In the picture above you can see the top of Mount San Gorgonio and the top of palm fronds.

Mount San Gorgonio framed in snow and with a pine tree to the right.
Mount San Gorgonio framed in snow and with a pine tree to the right. | Source

Southern California offers many contrasting and scenic qualities you will never see in the movies. While movies were filmed in the San Bernardino Mountains in years past, I still believe it is a shame Hollywood is glossing over this location where they could film so close to home.

The view of the San Bernardino Mountains.
The view of the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Beautiful pics and thoughts on this Earth Day! Thank you for sharing.


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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks

Snow-capped mountains behind the palm trees. What a beautiful contrast!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I love California.. I used to live in Monterrey the beach was right there and we would drive east for 30 minutes and be in the mountains it was so awesome,, I love you hub..

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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Billybuc,

You are right, this hub is a great tribute to Earth Day! Hope you have a great one.

Hi Aya,

Yes, I do love the contrast. I also enjoy looking at those old time postcards with the orange fields and the snow capped mountains.

Hi Deborah,

Monterey is very beautiful, you were lucky to live there!


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Gorgeous pics! Thank you for sharing. We have no palm trees in upstate New York, so those pics were especially interesting to me. What are every day trees to you are very exotic to me!


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Paradise,

When I was younger growing up in the mountains, I was always mesmerized by the palm trees down here in the Inland Valley. Now that I have lived down here for a few years I still love gazing upon the palm trees on my daily walks, and the contrast with the snowy mountains is amazing during the winter.


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

Sorry I missed you on Earth Day!


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

You are here today, and every day can be a celebration of our planet :).


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi, Sweetie Pie! I visited Southern CA twice and was so thrilled at the dramatic scenery. To see both snow and a palm tree at the same time is wonderful. I was personally thrilled to stand in one place and look in one direction and see the ocean, a slight turn gave me a view of mountains. It was so beautiful!


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Dolores,

On a really clear day if you stop in one of the turn outs on the Rim of the World Highway going up the San Bernardino Mountains, you can even see the water twinkling around Catalina Island. The old timers said back in the 1930s you could see Catalina Island from the mountains most days, but by the 60's the population and smog had obscured the view.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Nice pictures. I do like palm trees, and we have lots of them here in northern California, too. :)


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Om Paramapoonya,

I remember seeing palms when I was up north. It is quite beautiful up there, especially in the bay area :).

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