Southern California may is often thought of as the land of palm trees, of which many are not indigenous, but it is also the land of beautiful mountains, desert landscapes, and urban forests. People here can be quite captivated by the clouds that float above the mountains like cotton candy while casting mile-long shadows on the valley below. Southern California is filled with many different types of terrains and microclimates and there is always great photo opportunity around the bend. As a Southern California native, I love to take pictures to share with you here in my hubs. One of the most beautiful areas in the Southern California is the San Bernardino Mountains, and it is the ideal place to hike on a late summer afternoon. When it rains down here in the Inland Valley, you can capture glorious views of clouds crowning the mountains above. This photo essay is intended for those who cannot travel to enjoy the beauty of all that Southern California has to offer, which is usually sunny weather more often than overcast days.
Bobby is a cat who loves to sit in beautiful gardens. She is a manx cat living in Southern California, and a pet I love very dearly. | Source
A beautiful shot looking down towards Hespera. | Source
Another picture looking out towards Hesperia, on the back side of the San Bernardino Mountains, which consist of high desert like terrain. | Source
The sky is beautiful in this image of the San Bernardino Mountains, which is looking down towards Hesperia. This picture was captured near Highway 173 on a late summer hike. | Source
Two small, yet inviting, boulders on a hike in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Another view Hesperia on our hike. | Source
A beautiful hollyhock growing in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
My favorite hobby is hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains and taking photos during my jaunts, which is the place where I grew up. My niece and nephew have lots of fun hiking up there, and it is always fun to spend time with them in the great outdoors.
The Tranquility of The San Bernardino Mountains
Here is a picture I took looking out towards Mount Baldy in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Walking down the forest path. | Source
Another picture looking out towards Mount Baldy. | Source
Yet another picture looking out towards Mount Baldy, which is also known as Mount San Antonio. | Source
Walking Around The San Bernardino Mountains Out By The Pinnacles
The Pinnacles are an amazing ridge of boulder laden hills where people enjoy hiking or just enjoying the grandeur of the large rocks. I always enjoy taking picture of The Pinnacles, which I grew up seeing every day as a child.
Looking out towards The Pinnacles. | Source
One of the various chaparral filled hills near The Pinnacles. | Source
I immensely enjoyed this picture I took of an Eater egg I hid near a small stream. This stream is near the Pinnacles. | Source
Here is a beautiful small stream near the Pinnacles. | Source
An amazing formation of boulders out at The Pinnacles. | Source
Another picture of The Pinnacles with the blue sky and clouds abovie. | Source
Water trapped between boulders. | Source
A mesmerizing rock formation out by The Pinnacles. | Source
Look out past The Pinnacles. This is one of my favorite photographs, and it inspired one of my illustrations. | Source
The shadows made by clouds create beautiful images on the ground below. | Source
Another amazing boulder formation with chaparral brush growing up around it. | Source
Water near boulders. | Source
A stick that was carried to this location as the water coursed over the boulders. The creek was full after the winter snow storms, but the stick was left behind when the water evaporated. | Source
Here are a couple of short videos showing what the boulder formations look like out at the Pinnacles.
Cloudy Days In The Inland Valley
Cloudy days in the Inland Valley make for amazing photo opportunities, especially with other-worldly cloud formations over Mountain Baldy and Mount San Antonio region, such as I captured in early October of this year.
Cloud formations above the Mount Baldy and Mount San Antonio region were quite exhilarating to photograph, and to see as I am walking.
Here the clouds make a billowy formation with a patch of blue showing through. | Source
A few dark clouds in the Southern California sky. | Source
A patch of blue sky peeking through a Southern California cloudy sky. | Source
Pink and white flowers spotted on a walk. | Source
The silhouette of a tree near sunset. | Source
More clouds above an orange field in Southern California. | Source
Now I am moving on to the San Bernardino Mountains, and some photographs I took on cloudy days up there.
Looking out towards the Pinnacles. | Source
Fog in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
More fog rolling in through the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
The fog continues to roll in through the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Fog in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
More fog in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
An orange tinged sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Brilliant colors of a sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Streaks of various shades of colors in the sky. | Source
At sunset the sky can look like a beautiful painting. | Source
The silhouette of the trees against the sunset. | Source
The mountains and the silhouette. | Source
The shadows of the trees at sunset. | Source
The streaks of orange and pink in the sunset sky. | Source
The pink colors of the sunset in the sky. | Source
The beauty of Southern California trees at sunset. | Source
The San Bernardino Mountains have beautiful sunsets, and it makes it so exhilarating to travel up there to see these after a day of hiking. I cannot afford to travel, and that is okay because there are so many beautiful sights to see locally. All I have to do it go to the local mountains to see a beautiful sunset.