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Walking Around The San Bernardino Mountains

Updated on December 9, 2016

During the early morning hours I stared out the window up in the San Bernardino Mountains, and I notice it is the perfect time to spot intriguing shadows made by the trees, mountains, and canyons. This is my favorite part of the day, just before dawn. There is nothing more alluring than the San Bernardino Mountains at sunrise. There are many early mornings when I look out the window and see the shadow play created by the boulders on the Pinnacles. Truly, this is an otherworldly sight, and I feel rejuvenated every time I am able to experience it. One morning in late November I went outside to take a nature walk and capture moments in time. In one picture I enjoyed how the light shining on old wooden power pole blended in with the golden hues of the leaves on the oak trees in late autumn. This makes a nice contrast with the verdant pine tree on the left-hand side of the photograph.

Looking out the window at The Pinnacles.
Looking out the window at The Pinnacles. | Source
Light shining on a power pole in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Light shining on a power pole in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source

As I walk along in the San Bernardino Mountains, I am delighted as the vistas that can be seen from the backside of my mountain. The view of Mount Baldy is quite spectacular, and worth seeing each morning as I stroll up the mountain roads.

A dazzling view of Mount Baldy, as seen from the backside of the San Bernardino Mountains.
A dazzling view of Mount Baldy, as seen from the backside of the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source

As I walk up street, I enjoy looking down the hillside to view the patches of snow that have not melted after the recent snowstorm in late November. These trees have served as inspiration for many of my sketches over the years.

Gazing down a hillside with patches of snow.
Gazing down a hillside with patches of snow. | Source

I especially like this picture from the early morning when the moon was visible in the bright blue sky. It looks quite impressive when viewed with the golden leaves on the oak trees.

Moon visible in the sky on an early morning walk in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Moon visible in the sky on an early morning walk in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source

Walking around the mountain roads can be quite a different experience from the hub bub one experiences in the city. When you cross the street in San Bernardino, California you have to wait for the traffic light, but up in the San Bernardino Mountains there are no lights or sidewalks.

As a child I learned to walk on the side of the road to prevent being hit, but often you can walk for twenty minutes or so without seeing any vehicles, as I did the morning I took this photo. I love the green and golden colors that come into play this late autumn afternoon during my walk. The hardy manzanita bush can be seen in the bottom right hand corner of the photograph.


Afternoon walk with snow melting on the side of the road.
Afternoon walk with snow melting on the side of the road. | Source

Moonlit walks and hikes are always a delight, and I especially love to take pictures of this luminous satellite.

The moon above the trees and fence.
The moon above the trees and fence. | Source

Taking walks and photographing the moon can be quite meditative.  As I have said before, who needs to take a yoga class when you can go for a nature walk, but I still would like to learn a bit more yoga!

There is something special about photographing the moon when its at its zenith in the sky.
There is something special about photographing the moon when its at its zenith in the sky. | Source
I even enjoyed photographing the patches of snow near the fence.
I even enjoyed photographing the patches of snow near the fence. | Source
Also, I like how the trees are peeking over the fence in this photograph.
Also, I like how the trees are peeking over the fence in this photograph. | Source
Moon peaking through the branches of trees.
Moon peaking through the branches of trees. | Source

Talking a walk at sunset is the perfect opportunity for capturing amazing pictures in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Vibrant orange colors in the night sky.
Vibrant orange colors in the night sky. | Source
Blue and pinkish colors in the sky at sunset.
Blue and pinkish colors in the sky at sunset. | Source
Shadows caste by the oak tree and mountains at sunset.
Shadows caste by the oak tree and mountains at sunset. | Source
The beautiful silhouettes of a sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The beautiful silhouettes of a sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source

Purchasing a digital camera that can record video and take pictures is a necessity for anyone who likes to take nature walks.  Here you can enjoy a few of the nature videos I have taken during my visits to the San Bernardino Mountains.

As you may have noticed, I especially love to create videos of the stunning sunsets up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Here are some videos I made of the view of the Pinnacles, which are boulder laden hills on the backside of the San Bernardino Mountains.

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