Late Summer In Southern California

I said I was going to take some time away from blogging, but the truth is I am beginning to miss it, so I decided to update this photography blog with my latest adventures. So what does late summer look like here in Southern California. Who are a few pictures I took on a walk the other day.

During my walk I captured some photographs of trees and flowers in the late summer. I quite enjoy this walking path, and even made a short video of my journey down it.

As I continued to walk along the bike/walking trail, I could not help but think why have they not finished the thing.

Walking On The Trail

 

 

 

 

 

Eventually the trail comes to an end and I continued my journey along the sidewalk. I was moved by the large American flag swaying in the wind with the San Bernardino Mountains as a backdrop, so I just had to photograph this.

 

Also, I captured a short video of the flag swaying in the wind, which is one of the perks of having the San Bernardino Mountains as the vista on the horizon. The late summer here in Southern California is quite lovely, and I am glad we are warm and sunny unlike other parts of the world that are dipping into the chilly portions of fall.

 

Irina The Cat Hanging Out

Irina the cat has been doing all the things that cats do best, such as taking cat naps and just hanging out around the house. She stares at you with her hypnotic citrine eyse, and you feel hypnotized by her presence. Sometimes Irina seems more like a dog though because you can look her straight on in the orbs, and she will walk over to you. Other cats are more evasive than Irina, but I noticed when I make eye cannot with her, that she comes to me just like my dogs Buster and Lady used to. Her meow is also loud and vocal, and a bit more like a dog than a cat in some ways. Most cats I have had in the past were not very vocal, but Irina sure makes her presence known.

I also created these cute little video capturing Irina in action, and when she was taking a nap in the early morning sunlight. She is a stunning animal to behold, an I will never grow tired of capturing her on film and video.

Sunset In Southern California

Here is some of the imagery I captured of a recent sunset here in Southern California. I enjoyed looking at the orange hues in the sky above Mount Baldy, but the sky was also a bit overcast when looking towards the San Bernardino Mountains. It rained the next day, so that is why there were storm clouds in the sky. Also, it I captured a picture of some landscaped flowers, and wild sunflowers growing in a field. I thought about cross the street to take a picture of the sunflowers up close, but I decided against it since there is not cross walk in this location. Below I also included a short video of the sunset behind Mount Baldy. This was not the most brilliant sunset Southern California has ever witnessed, but I thought it was a nice one all the same.

Irina The Cat

Irina the cat sitting on her chair. Back in July of 2013.

Irina the black cat looks so content sitting on her chair next to the basil and tomato plants. I love capturing Irina at different moments, and the picture of her looking directly into the camera lense is perhaps my favorite. Sometimes I have to take several pictures before I am able to capture the moment in time that I feel most strongly about.

Many Different Shades of Morning Glories

During the month of August I have been enjoying a profusion of color with many different shades morning glories from blue-violet, magenta, light blue, and white. I planted a few seeds from a dollar package of mixed colored morning glories, and I have to say with daily watering this has been a great investment with the beauty these flowers provide each morning when I wake up.

Morning Glories In The Summer

 

Morning glories are resplendent and vibrant on the vine.

Get up early in the morning, and you get to look upon these blooms that are divine.

Every morning I enjoy getting up and looking at the magnificent morning glory blooms.  It is one of my favorite rituals these days, but you have to catch these flowers before noon!

Photographing Morning Glory Flowers

I have a special place for morning morning glories in my heart.  I created a painting back in October of 2010 of a little gray cat sitting next to a morning glory flower, which is based on a photograph I took of morning glories planted in my mom’s garden up in the San Bernardino Mountains.  Actually, I wish I had taken a picture of Buster dog standing next to the morning glories over ten years ago because this was the fondest memory that I ever had of these flowers.  Maybe someday I will also paint a picture of Buster next to a morning glory, but for the present I enjoy photographing these blooms.   Over the years I have taken many pictures of morning glories.

 

A self-portrait with morning glories in the background.

Many green worms have been chewing on the morning glory plant this summer, so I am glad the flowers were able to bloom.

The Photography of Lake Arrowhead

When I mention Lake Arrowhead photography many people probably think exclusively of Lake Arrowhead itself, but there is much more to this vicinity than just that. Actually, I prefer to photograph the trees, mountains, animals, and other aspects of the mountain as I go for nature walks. Growing up in the San Bernardino Mountains was a true priviliege for me, especially since it gave me the opportunity to be separated from the urban sprawl that is Southern California. Do not get me wrong, I love the diversity and culture that can be found in our Southern California cities, but growing up in the mountains was perfect for an introvert like me. I went for walks with my dog in the forest, and drew pictures of the trees for fun. I even used to jaunt into the woods to day dream, or to read books, which is something most children living in the city cannot do on a daily basis.  Some of the watermarks on pictures are from my old site, but as you know, my current domain is sweetbearieart.com

The light of the moon is streaming through the branches of the trees.

The light of the moon is streaming through the branches of the trees.

Streaks of pink in the sky with the beautiful silhouette of the trees.

Streaks of pink in the sky with the beautiful silhouette of the trees.
Focusing on a solitary pine tree with streaks of pink in the sun setting sky.

Focusing on a solitary pine tree with streaks of pink in the sun setting sky.
The view of Hesperia with pink and orange streaks in the sky.

The view of Hesperia with pink and orange streaks in the sky.
The purple and pink colors in the sky look romantic with the moon.

The purple and pink colors in the sky look romantic with the moon.  Walking around the San Bernardino Mountains and the Lake Arrowhead vicinity at sunset is truly a delightful part of the day. You will be able to capture many glorious sunsets here.
The moon is high in the sky near the cedar tree.
The moon is high in the sky near the cedar tree.
The moon high in the sky shining down on the trees below.
The moon high in the sky shining down on the trees below.
The moon in the sky with telephone poles near by.

The moon in the sky with telephone poles near by.

Looking at the deep purple sky in Lake Arrowhead.

Looking at the deep purple sky in Lake Arrowhead.
The outline of bare oak trees with a vibrant pink sunset in the background.
The outline of bare oak trees with a vibrant pink sunset in the background.  I enjoyed photographing the moon high in the purple sky, but earlier in the evening I also took some spectacular pictures of the sunset. The pink, tangerine, and purple tones found in these sunset high atop the San Bernardino Mountains make the sky look like it is infused with a brilliant artist’s brush.
The tangerine streak behind the oak trees is amazing.

The tangerine streak behind the oak trees is amazing.

Purple and pink streaks in the sky, with the outline of the oak trees.

Purple and pink streaks in the sky, with the outline of the oak trees.

I love how the orange, purple, and pink colors peak out from behind the oak trees to create this amazing silhouette.

I love how the orange, purple, and pink colors peak out from behind the oak trees to create this amazing silhouette.

Photographing trees in Lake Arrowhead with the sunset streaming through their branches is truly spectacular, which makes me appreciate all the more that I grew up in this beautiful place that so many people come to visit.

The brilliant sunset above the outline of the trees.

The brilliant sunset above the outline of the trees.

The colors of tangerine, purple, and pink all collide around the time of sunset.

The colors of tangerine, purple, and pink all collide around the time of sunset.

Looking down towards Hesperia and out towards The Pinnacles at sunset.

Looking down towards Hesperia and out towards The Pinnacles at sunset.

The tangerine infused sunset with the silhouette of the San Bernardino Mountains.

The tangerine infused sunset with the silhouette of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Oak and pine trees make for an amazing silhouette at sunset.

Oak and pine trees make for an amazing silhouette at sunset.

The pine tree is the focus of the beautiful sunset here in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The pine tree is the focus of the beautiful sunset here in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The silhouette created by the tree lined hillside is beautiful at sunset.

The silhouette created by the tree lined hillside is beautiful at sunset.

Rectangular sunset picture exemplifies the beauty of taking sunset photographs at various angles.

Rectangular sunset picture exemplifies the beauty of taking sunset photographs at various angles.

I love how the tree's silhouette is protruding into the sunset in this photograph.  The tree breaks up the constant color of the sunset, which is quite visually interesting.

I love how the tree’s silhouette is protruding into the sunset in this photograph. The tree breaks up the constant color of the sunset, which is quite visually interesting.

The blurry sunset has an oil paint like effect, which I really adore.

The blurry sunset has an oil paint like effect, which I really adore.

Pink sunset through the tree branches.

Pink sunset through the tree branches.

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The beauty of The Pinnacles at sunset.

The beauty of The Pinnacles at sunset.

I love the beauty of the fuchsia and orange colors at sunset, here in the San Bernardino Mountains

I love the beauty of the fuchsia and orange colors at sunset, here in the San Bernardino Mountains

The Pinnacles at dusk.

The Pinnacles at dusk.

The view of Hesperia at sunset hour.

The view of Hesperia at sunset hour.

Pink streak of the sunset above the Victor Valley.

Pink streak of the sunset above the Victor Valley.

View looking out towards Mount Baldy at sunset.

View looking out towards Mount Baldy at sunset.

Another view of looking out towards Mount Baldy at sunset.

Another view of looking out towards Mount Baldy at sunset.

I love the silhouette of the mountains and the trees at sunset.

I love the silhouette of the mountains and the trees at sunset.