Walking through a field in Southern California can be an enjoyable experience. Today we spotted many different types of trees and plants we had no clue about what they were, but it was interesting to see these.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some images of butterflies in nature.
Photography is a creative and amusing way to express yourself when you do not feel like writing. Yesterday I was trying to write ablogwhere I described creating my pumpkin drawing, and I had a bad case of writer’s block. I kept looking at news articles, but I decided to take a break and play around with my camera. Usually I take a lot of self-portraits because I do not have anyone who wants to be a model for me, so at least I do not have to charge myself. Actually, self-portrait photography is an art form that has fascinated humans for centuries, and there are many websites devoted to this genre. This photo essay captures various activities in my daily life, and it is a documentary of sort. Life in Southern California is pleasant, warm, and not as fast paced as it has to be. You choose your pace, and you live life according to the terms you set. All the photos and text in this hub were created by me J Hanna, and may not be used without permission.
We played on that rope swing as kids, and it is still standing over twenty-years later. I have fond memories of running down that forest road to play on the swing when I was ten years old, and now my niece and nephew do the same thing.
Living in the mountains involves a lot of looking up and down hillsides. You walk up steep hills, and you walk down 45 degree inclines on a daily basis. I remember once walking my dog on a particular street I had never ventured down previous, and at first I was too scared to go down the 45, to almost 60 degree incline. Actually, I let my dog pull me down the hill the first time, and then learned it was a great workout walking up those hills on the way back. However, that first time walking down the hills is comparable to many in San Fransisco, but try walking down this street on an icy day! The thing I enjoyed about this street is how isolated it was, and sometimes cars would not even pass you during a half-hour or so walk.
I was intrigued by a tree that fell after a recent snow storm in the San Bernardino Mountains.
I decided to take a picture of myself hiding behind the fallen oak tree, and then I spotted three magnificent coulter pine cones sitting together. It looks like the three pine cones are having a conversation.
Many people are under the impression that cities do not have a forest, but that is not the case in the Inland Valley of sunny Southern California. Here many cities have planted palm trees and orange groves over a hundred years ago, and cities such as Redlands and Loma Linda are striving to protect these trees. Also, many other various types of trees are planted around city streets in the Inland Empire. Here are a few pictures I took of trees in our urban area of Southern California, which happens to still be a bit more rural than LA proper and San Bernardino.
The video below shows what a Southern California orange field looks like, if you have never seen one in person. I enjoy walking by this orange field every few days or so.
The orange fields in Loma Linda are truly delightful to photograph, especially since so many cities have cut theirs down over the years. I feel fortunate that I live near cities that believe in preserving their orange fields, and it is a shame that so many of these were cut down just build more houses and businesses. It seems as if these could have been built in other locations, but I have always preferred that some space be kept wide open and aesthetically pleasing. I also enjoy photographing palm trees, as you can see in the photos below.
The palm trees above look like they are conversing, and reminded me of the the three coulter pine cones I photographed up in the mountains that were huddled in a group. It is fun to personify inanimate objects that you photograph, and gives you a creative way to look at your subjects. These are just a few of the images from my daily life in Southern California, until next time anyway!
A late afternoon walk in Southern California allowed me to experience the beauty of shadows caste on a field, and the sun streaming through the trees near sunset.