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.

Photographing The Santa Fe Railroad

The other day I went for a walk around the Santa Fe Depot in Redlands, and I took some photographs of the architecture.

The Santa Fe Depot is no longer in use, but it is still a historic landmark and a must see.  Below are a couple of videos I created of my walk around the Santa Fe Depot.

 

The videos help bring this one majestic train stop back to life.

The Black Cat

A very sweet little black cat enjoys playing with cat balls, and sitting on her towel draped chair.  Irina is the name of this very special cat, and she is lucky to spend many hours in her container garden.

 

Irina even likes to eat basil when I tear it up and put it on top of her wet cat food.

Rose Photography

The other day I took  a photograph of roses in the late afternoon.

Here is another photograph that I took, which features two roses

 

In this photograph I was looking down on some lovely pink roses.

The roses are in various phases of the blooming cycle.

This rosebud is a crown glory, and makes us ordinary floral lovers feel like royalty just by gazing at it.

This pink beauty is a rose worth waiting for.

The Photography of Self-Expression

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.

The San Bernardino Mountains

Going for a walk an a forest trail in the San Bernardino Mountains brings me happiness.

Going for a walk an a forest trail in the San Bernardino Mountains brings me happiness. I grew up in the San Bernardino Mountains, so I always enjoy going up there for the day. When I have my camera on hand, I always seem to capture some interesting images without intending to do so.

Bird flying high in the sky.

Bird flying high in the sky.

The rope swing on a solitary forest road.

The rope swing on a solitary forest road.

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.

Looking up a hillside in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Looking up a hillside in the San Bernardino Mountains.

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.

 

This tree fell after a recent storm.

This tree fell after a recent storm.

I was intrigued by a tree that fell after a recent snow storm in the San Bernardino Mountains.

 

Hiding behind the fallen oak tree.

Hiding behind the fallen oak tree.

Tree coulter pine cones in the forest.

Tree coulter pine cones in the forest.

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.

The Urban Forest

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.

Clouds wafting above an orange field in Loma Linda, California.

Clouds wafting above an orange field in Loma Linda, California.

Another picture of clouds and an orange field.

Another picture of clouds and an orange field.

Cloudy sky above an orange field in Southern California.

Cloudy sky above an orange field in Southern California.

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.

Two tall palm trees look like they are having a conversation.

Two tall palm trees look like they are having a conversation.

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!

The video above documents a cloudy day in Southern California, and the majestic and tall palm trees in this part of Loma Linda.