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Photography of the San Bernardino Mountains

Updated on October 6, 2016
A raccoon on a deck here in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A raccoon on a deck here in the San Bernardino Mountains.
This is one of my favorite pictures of the raccoon.
This is one of my favorite pictures of the raccoon.
The raccoon is quite beautiful with his mask.
The raccoon is quite beautiful with his mask.
Here is a picture I took up at the Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains.  All photos pictured on this hub are taken by me, and you can see more of my art work at http://sweetbearies.com
Here is a picture I took up at the Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains. All photos pictured on this hub are taken by me, and you can see more of my art work at http://sweetbearies.com

Walking around in the San Bernardino Mountains is a wonderful respite from the city. Most people believe you have to drive to get up to Lake Arrowhead and other surrounding mountain communities, but those who like public transportation can take MARTA or arrange a ride with friends. One thing I love to do is walk around the San Bernardino Mountains and take pictures of things that I find amazing. Make sure you purchase a digital camera so you can take a few amazing pictures of the San Bernardino Mountains. Since I do not like to drive I was able to capture many amazing pictures on the drive up and down the Rim of the World Highway. That is just one of the perks of being a pedestrian or letting someone else do the driving for a change.

As I go for walks in the San Bernardino Mountains I am always very inspired to take pictures.  The best thing about the technological advances of the last ten years is being able to take pictures of anything you like without having to worry about how many pictures you have on a roll of film.

Looking at an apple tree in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Looking at an apple tree in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Looking up at a pine tree.
Looking up at a pine tree.
Looking down towards Hesperia.
Looking down towards Hesperia.
An oak tree with leaves that have turned yellow near the end of November.
An oak tree with leaves that have turned yellow near the end of November.
Looking out the window towards the Pinnacles.
Looking out the window towards the Pinnacles.
The blue sky looks amazing along the skyline of the Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The blue sky looks amazing along the skyline of the Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Looking up at an old fashion wood power pole.
Looking up at an old fashion wood power pole.
Walking up a road with snow along both sides of the street.
Walking up a road with snow along both sides of the street.

As I was walking the other day I captured a picture of the almost half moon in the daytime sky, and I must say that was quite an enjoyable event indeed.

Looking down at the snow on the hillside.
Looking down at the snow on the hillside.
Looking out towards Mount Baldy.
Looking out towards Mount Baldy.
Here I see a glimpse of an almost half moon in the sky during the day.  I love how it looks in the bright blue sky with the trees and mountains below.
Here I see a glimpse of an almost half moon in the sky during the day. I love how it looks in the bright blue sky with the trees and mountains below.
The view of Mount Baldy from the San Bernardino Mountains is always one of my favorites to capture.
The view of Mount Baldy from the San Bernardino Mountains is always one of my favorites to capture.
Looking down towards Hesperia in the distance.  Love the clump of pine needles on the top left hand side of this photograph.
Looking down towards Hesperia in the distance. Love the clump of pine needles on the top left hand side of this photograph.
Looking down the road as I walk.
Looking down the road as I walk.
Looking up at the branches of a mighty oak tree.
Looking up at the branches of a mighty oak tree.
The sky with the branches of a mighty oak tree.
The sky with the branches of a mighty oak tree.
An oak tree in the foreground and a sequoia tree of interest beyond it.
An oak tree in the foreground and a sequoia tree of interest beyond it.
Looking up the road as I walk on an afternoon.
Looking up the road as I walk on an afternoon.

As I walk I keep taking pictures, and of course some are always my favorite ones over others.

Looking up at a pine tree.
Looking up at a pine tree.
Looking between two oak trees down towards Hesperia.  Yes, I take lots of pictures looking down towards Hesperia.
Looking between two oak trees down towards Hesperia. Yes, I take lots of pictures looking down towards Hesperia.
Looking at two hills in the distance.
Looking at two hills in the distance.
Yes, I also love to take pictures of Hesperia.
Yes, I also love to take pictures of Hesperia.
Also, taking more pictures of Mount Baldy is always interesting, and I enjoy seeing the different shadows in the valley below.
Also, taking more pictures of Mount Baldy is always interesting, and I enjoy seeing the different shadows in the valley below.
The valley below still has bits of snow in it.
The valley below still has bits of snow in it.
The view looking out towards Hesperia is always quite stunning.
The view looking out towards Hesperia is always quite stunning.
Like the structural outline of the dead tree in the photograph looking out towards Hesperia.  I prefer living trees over dead ones, but dead trees have interesting shapes to photograph and draw.
Like the structural outline of the dead tree in the photograph looking out towards Hesperia. I prefer living trees over dead ones, but dead trees have interesting shapes to photograph and draw.
Yet another picture looking out towards Mount Baldy.
Yet another picture looking out towards Mount Baldy.
A self-portrait of me, but I wish I would have kept my eyes open when I took the picture.
A self-portrait of me, but I wish I would have kept my eyes open when I took the picture.

I decided to take more pictures facing out towards Mount Baldy and Hesperia because these are two of my favorite locations to photograph when I am up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Yet another picture looking out towards Mount Baldy.
Yet another picture looking out towards Mount Baldy.
I love the outline of the trees in front of Mount Baldy in this picture.
I love the outline of the trees in front of Mount Baldy in this picture.
Taking walks in the San Bernardino Mountains is always quite fun.
Taking walks in the San Bernardino Mountains is always quite fun.
Snow along the trail in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Snow along the trail in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Looking down at the canyon that leads towards Hesperia.
Looking down at the canyon that leads towards Hesperia.
The oak tree next to a pine tree looking out towards the Pinnacles.
The oak tree next to a pine tree looking out towards the Pinnacles.
Another view of Hesperia taken up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Another view of Hesperia taken up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Two large sequoia trees that were definitely worth photographing.
Two large sequoia trees that were definitely worth photographing.
Mount Baldy is always a joy to photograph.
Mount Baldy is always a joy to photograph.
This photograph I took of Mount Baldy is yet another example of the beautiful photography you can find on the arts and crafts blog: http://sweetbearies.com
This photograph I took of Mount Baldy is yet another example of the beautiful photography you can find on the arts and crafts blog: http://sweetbearies.com

When I was about five years old I became entranced with what I called the sparkly "city lights" that I saw down in Hesperia, which reminded me of the sparkles on the evening gown of my Barbie.  All these years later I must say I still enjoy photographing the view looking down on Hepseria, and looking at the "city lights" at now when I am up visiting in the San Bernardino Mountains. 

Here is a picture I took of the view of Mount Baldy.
Here is a picture I took of the view of Mount Baldy.
Seeing more trees and patches of snow on the hillside once again.
Seeing more trees and patches of snow on the hillside once again.
Another view of Hesperia.
Another view of Hesperia.
The shape of the trees and shadows in each picture make the view of Hesperia very special to me.
The shape of the trees and shadows in each picture make the view of Hesperia very special to me.

I have always loved the old fashion look of black and white photographs, so I decided to take a few pictures in the San Bernardino Mountains using the sepia function on my camera.

Here I am looking out at two hills using the sepa color feature on my camera.
Here I am looking out at two hills using the sepa color feature on my camera.
This photograph of the roof with snow on it looks very interesting with a sepia tone.
This photograph of the roof with snow on it looks very interesting with a sepia tone.
Another picture of the San Bernardino Mountains in sepia tones.
Another picture of the San Bernardino Mountains in sepia tones.
Here is a sepia picture of the Pinnacles.
Here is a sepia picture of the Pinnacles.
Sepia colored photograph of the view looking down towards Hesperia.
Sepia colored photograph of the view looking down towards Hesperia.

I love taking pictures at the end of the day and near sunset.  The shadows made by the sun near the twilight hour are always the most alluring indeed!

The late afternoon right before sunset brings out the yellow hues in the changing color of the oak tree leaves that are already falling off the trees.
The late afternoon right before sunset brings out the yellow hues in the changing color of the oak tree leaves that are already falling off the trees.

The Rim of the World Highway is one of the most scenic in the world, but you better like like precipices and not suffer from vertigo because the first twenty miles or so of this route wraps around the edge of the San Bernardino Mountains-hence the name of this road.  As a child I once had a nightmare about speeding down the mountain in a convertible, and how the centrifugal force of the wind blew me out of the car and down the side of the mountain.  However, the next day I realized I had this dream because someone who did not live in the mountains talked about their fear of going off the side of the Rim of the World Highway.  I still do not like to drive, but I do not mind taking pictures along this beautiful route is someone else is behind the wheel. Someone I knew who was very kind and sweet actually was killed on the Rim of the World Highway when a truck hit her car, so this windy road is not the safest to drive and travel.  However, as long as I am not driving up and down it I feel okay.

Looking out over the Rim of the World Highway and the valley below.
Looking out over the Rim of the World Highway and the valley below.
Large pine trees along the Rim of the World Highway.
Large pine trees along the Rim of the World Highway.
There is still some snow along the Rim of the World Highway.
There is still some snow along the Rim of the World Highway.
I actually like the glare of the sun off the window of the car as I am taking these photographs.
I actually like the glare of the sun off the window of the car as I am taking these photographs.
Barren Fall time trees along the Rim of the World Highway.
Barren Fall time 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 cloud cover of the valley below the San Bernardino Mountains as seen from the Rim of the World Highway.
The cloud cover of the valley below the San Bernardino Mountains as seen from the Rim of the World Highway.
Looking up on the left-hand side of the Rim of the World Highway.
Looking up on the left-hand side of the Rim of the World Highway.
Another look at the valley below.
Another look at the valley below.
Looking down on San Bernardino below the Rim of the World Highway.
Looking down on San Bernardino below the Rim of the World Highway.
Driving along the Rim of the World Highwa.
Driving along the Rim of the World Highwa.
The view from the Rim of the World Highway.
The view from the Rim of the World Highway.
The side of the Rim of the World Highway.
The side of the Rim of the World Highway.
Trees along the Rim of the World Highway.
Trees along the Rim of the World Highway.
Drivers should pay attention to the signs along the Rim of the World Highway.
Drivers should pay attention to the signs along the Rim of the World Highway.
A scenic view as seen driving down Highway 18.
A scenic view as seen driving down Highway 18.
As you can tell the Rim of the World Highway wraps around and makes many turns.
As you can tell the Rim of the World Highway wraps around and makes many turns.
Interesting cloud formations are in the sky on the drive down the mountain.
Interesting cloud formations are in the sky on the drive down the mountain.
Streaky clouds in the sky.
Streaky clouds in the sky.
More clouds in the sky.
More clouds in the sky.
Tree along the Rim of the World Highway.
Tree along the Rim of the World Highway.
Beautiful sunny day along the Rim of the World Highway.
Beautiful sunny day along the Rim of the World Highway.
Amazing rock formation along the Rim of the
Amazing rock formation along the Rim of the
The interesting outline of trees along the Rim of the World Highway makes for interesting sketches.
The interesting outline of trees along the Rim of the World Highway makes for interesting sketches.
A verdant pine tree along the Rim of the World Highway.
A verdant pine tree along the Rim of the World Highway.
Clouds and sky with an interesting tree photographed along the Rim of the World Highway.
Clouds and sky with an interesting tree photographed along the Rim of the World Highway.
The day this photograph was taken was sunny, but the storm clouds indicate a snowstorm that would hit later in the day.
The day this photograph was taken was sunny, but the storm clouds indicate a snowstorm that would hit later in the day.
One of the most beautiful highways in the world.
One of the most beautiful highways in the world.
Another picture of the Rim of the World Highway.
Another picture of the Rim of the World Highway.
Rays of the sun basking upon Highway 18.
Rays of the sun basking upon Highway 18.
Looking up on the right-hand side of Highway 18 you can see the windy Highway above.  Driving up and down Highway 18 is not for those who get dizzy or who have vertigo.  You literally increase about a thousand feet in elevation every ten miles or so.
Looking up on the right-hand side of Highway 18 you can see the windy Highway above. Driving up and down Highway 18 is not for those who get dizzy or who have vertigo. You literally increase about a thousand feet in elevation every ten miles or so.
Looking back up the precipice that makes the twist and turns of Highway 18.
Looking back up the precipice that makes the twist and turns of Highway 18.
The beautiful rock formations and brush as seen on Highway 18
The beautiful rock formations and brush as seen on Highway 18
Another amazing view of Highway 18.
Another amazing view of Highway 18.

I truly believe it is a photographer's dream to be able to capture the scenic beauty of the Rim of the World Highway, or it is for me anyway!

Towards the bottom of Highway 18.
Towards the bottom of Highway 18.
Another picture taken at the bottom of Highway 18.
Another picture taken at the bottom of Highway 18.
I love all of the scenic beauty of the Rim of the World Highway.  A photographers dream!
I love all of the scenic beauty of the Rim of the World Highway. A photographers dream!

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Dolores,

      Yes there are many beautiful houses in the mountains, and Mount Baldy is quite spectacular as seen with snow on it. It is one of the most beautiful places to photograph from our part of the San Bernardino Mountains.

      Hello, Hello,

      I appreciate your comments regarding my photos!

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Great photos. Well done.

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      What a beautiful place! I love the pictures of Mount Baldy and the walk down the road - the houses were so pretty!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks Lady Guinevere!

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      Debra Allen 

      7 years ago from West By God

      Wow now that is something to see. I love your new avatar.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Lady Guinevere,

      The Rim of the World Highway was named because it feels like you are driving on the very edge of the world since it is directly on the side of a mountains. On very clear days you can even see the ocean from this highway.

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      Debra Allen 

      7 years ago from West By God

      Beautiful pictures of your world. I love the name of the road you took some on. Rim of the World---very interesting.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      @Wooded

      Thanks for our comment.

      @SteveoMc

      Glad you enjoyed the pictures of the San Bnernardino Mountains.

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      SteveoMc 

      7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Loved the photos, beautiful landscape! Thanks for sharing.

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      Wooded 

      7 years ago

      Wow - what beautiful pictures! I can only imagine how gorgeous it must be there. Thanks for sharing these!

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