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San Bernardino Mountains Photography

Updated on August 31, 2016
View of Mount Baldy during sunset.  This picture was captured in the San Bernardino Mountains.
View of Mount Baldy during sunset. This picture was captured in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Photographing the San Bernardino Mountains is something many photography minded people will enjoy. Even the streets in Lake Arrowhead can be quite foresty, and if you travel down a hillside, then you are smack dab in the San Bernardino National Forest. The thing I loved about growing up in the mountains was hanging off the side of a cliff, and plunging down a hillside was quite normal. While kids in the city played in well manicured parks with lights that eliminated everything at night, us mountain children plunged deep into the forest - with delight and anticipation. Actually there was nothing scary about jaunting into the woods on your own to play down by the creek, resting your head against a magnificent cedar tree as your arms and legs basked in the sun. In those days I knew no fear of the forest, which was long before my encounter with the bear that ran just twenty feet in front of me.

Sitting on a boulder near a creek in the San Bernardino Mountains can be quite contemplative.  Who needs to take a yoga class when you can take a nature walk in the mountains!

Photography in the San Bernardino Mountains is a way to enjoy the beauty of nature without having to live there.  I will share the amazing landscapes and vistas with you here, so take a gander at this slide show to see the spectacular views of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Purple tones of the sunset.
Purple tones of the sunset.
The sunset over Hesperia.
The sunset over Hesperia.
Another picture of the sunset over Hesperia.
Another picture of the sunset over Hesperia.
Orange, purple, and pink colors in the sunset over Hesperia.
Orange, purple, and pink colors in the sunset over Hesperia.

Photographing The Sunset

One of the most extraordinary things I ever photographed in the San Bernardino Mountains is the sunset. I love taking my camera with me on nature walks because I never know what I might capture at the spur of the moment.

Orange streaks in the sunset sky.
Orange streaks in the sunset sky.
Sunset with snow in the foreground.  Tangerine colors in the sky are quite captivating.
Sunset with snow in the foreground. Tangerine colors in the sky are quite captivating.
Tangerine and purple colors in the sunset sky.
Tangerine and purple colors in the sunset sky.
The branches of the oak tree create dark shadows against the sunset.
The branches of the oak tree create dark shadows against the sunset.
Another view of Hesperia during the time of sunset.
Another view of Hesperia during the time of sunset.

Sunsets Are Inspiring!

Sunsets are inspiring because often the pictures I take of these in the San Bernardino Mountains become my reference photographs for sketches. Even if I do not create a drawing based on a sunset photograph, I still enjoy looking at the pictures that showcase the beauty of nature.

The colors of this sunset remind me of cotton candy, what a delight!
The colors of this sunset remind me of cotton candy, what a delight!
Orange and fuchsia colors with pine tree shadows at sunset.
Orange and fuchsia colors with pine tree shadows at sunset.

Silhouette of The Trees At Sunset

The silhouette created by the trees at sunset is one of my favorite things to photograph in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The setting sun creates a beautiful silhouette with the outline of the oak and pine trees.
The setting sun creates a beautiful silhouette with the outline of the oak and pine trees.
Oak trees and mountains create many interesting silhouettes.
Oak trees and mountains create many interesting silhouettes.
The branches of the oak trees create a mesh like effect for the sunset to peak out through.
The branches of the oak trees create a mesh like effect for the sunset to peak out through.
Purple and pink colors streak the sky at sunset hour, with a beautiful silhouettes created by the mountains in the distance.
Purple and pink colors streak the sky at sunset hour, with a beautiful silhouettes created by the mountains in the distance.

Outlines of The Mountains At Sunset

I love to see the black outlines of the mountains against the brilliant colors of the sunsets in the San Bernardino Mountains.  These are simply delightful to photograph, and sketch if you feel the urge!

The outline of Mount Baldy at sunset.
The outline of Mount Baldy at sunset.
Trees dot the top of the mountains in the distance, and create interesting shadows during the sunset.
Trees dot the top of the mountains in the distance, and create interesting shadows during the sunset.
Looking at the sunset is far more delightful than eating candy.
Looking at the sunset is far more delightful than eating candy.
Orange and fuchsia colors at sunset, with the mountains in the distance.
Orange and fuchsia colors at sunset, with the mountains in the distance.
Looking out at the mountains at sunset, with Hesperia in the distance.
Looking out at the mountains at sunset, with Hesperia in the distance.
Orange and pink colors are magnificent in the sunset.
Orange and pink colors are magnificent in the sunset.

A proper digital camera with a high megapixel resolution is a must have for anyone who wants to take beautiful pictures in the San Bernardino Mountains, or in any other scenic locale. You might even want to consider purchasing a camera that allows you to take picture stills and video clips, so you can capture moving footage of those breath taking sunsets.

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    • prettydarkhorse profile image

      prettydarkhorse 

      2 years ago from US

      The color combination of the different photos are very nice.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      The Jet,

      We at least you can see the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains in pictures from the Internet.

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      The Jet 

      7 years ago from The Bay

      I used to live in San Bernardino. Shame I never saw these great-looking mountains. Cool hub!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Fastfreta,

      Thanks for your nice comments! I see you live in Southern California too, so it should be a close drive for you. I think you would enjoy a day trip up there.

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Oh my goodness SweetiePie, these are beautiful shots. Living this close to the beauty of the mountains, I should have done this already. After seeing your pics I am determined to visit the area.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Eiddwen,

      Glad you enjoyed the hub.

      Kbeaman,

      Great to hear you live in Southern California, too!

      Agusfanani,

      I am glad you enjoyed this hub!

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      agusfanani 

      7 years ago from Indonesia

      What wonderful pictures they are and the pictures at sunset are just great !

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      Kathy Beaman 

      7 years ago from Vancouver, Washington

      Nice pictures. I see the same mountains from where I live in the distance, but it is beautiful to see the sunsets :)

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Another job well done, a very beautiful hub.

      Thank you so much for sharing and take care

      Eiddwen.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Appreciate your comments Hello, Hello!

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      They are absolutely beautiful.

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