William Lawson Photography

Grasslands. Rolling hills. River canyons. Semi-secret dogwood groves. Small pockets of fall color. Desert overlooks. An occasional thunderstorm. Spring wildflowers every few years. There's a lot to see between the San Diego coast and desert.

Laguna Fall Above 1

Change of Perspective | An aerial view of a west facing slope of trees catching sunset light. Mount Laguna. It was breezy. I knew the drone wouldn't be happy and the remote was screaming. To be fair the remote screams when the battery has six minutes left and the drone is less than one minute away. Total flight time was maybe 2 minutes. I took several shots. Only this one was sharp.

Laguna Fall Above 2

Glowing | Sunset light on a west facing slope. Mount Laguna. One year after the picture above this one. When something works I try it again. Sometimes it seems like a good idea. Sometimes it seems to come at the expense of seeing new things.

Laguna Fall Leaves 1

The Season Change | Three oak leaves changing color. Mount Laguna.

Laguna Summer Storm 1

Summer Storm 1 | Rain showers over the local mountains and desert.

Laguna Summer Storm 2

Summer Storm 2 | Rain showers over the local mountains and desert. This sunset was wild. I had a hard time narrowing it down to the best couple photographs.


Double Rainbow | Not an everyday sight in San Diego. A double rainbow briefly appears above the San Diego River Gorge.


Above the Fog | Sunset above the fog on Palomar Mountain. Don't know if others consider this an iconic San Diego scene. But I do.


Fog Line | A ridge of trees disappears into fog. Palomar Mountain. Wish I had taken a time lapse of this to capture the fog level rising and falling during the hour or so we were here.


Spring Show | The spring dogwood bloom on Palomar Mountain. I know these trees grow like weeds in other parts of the country. But they are rare here and I've taken hundreds of mostly terrible photos of them trying to capture their beauty.


Fleeting View | The sun breaks through clouds on a beautiful spring day. San Diego River Gorge near Ramona.


Spotlights | One of my favorite things when sunlight breaks through a cloudy day. Cleveland National Forest near Ramona.


Mountain Light | Little bit of sunset light. Eagle Peak in shadow above.


Eagle's View | An aerial view of Eagle Peak and the Cuyamaca Mountains. I had looked at this peak many times from the Ramona side of the San Diego River Gorge. But this was the first time on this side. A fun adventure with my wife and son. Followed by a dark hike back to the car.


Soaring | Birds soar in the wind above Boulder Creek. I was not paying attention and was surprised by the birds. Immediately after this shot I opened up 1 stop and increased ISO 1 stop so my shutter speed would be 4X faster. But the birds didn't come back in such a perfect formation. So this is the best of the series despite the slight motion blur of the birds.


The River Gorge | An aerial view of two creeks converging in the San Diego River Gorge. Completely alone out here on a wet day.


Rain at the Gorge | A little window in the clouds lights up the east side of the San Diego River Gorge and a passing rain shower.


Ribbon of Light | Cows in the Santa Maria Valley. Sprinklers were a bonus.


Grasslands Trail | A favorite local spot for a walk or run.


Superbloom I | A beautiful Southern California wildflower display. Right off I-15 in Riverside County.


Superbloom II | A beautiful Southern California wildflower display.


Superbloom III | An uncommon display of local color just minutes from Interstate 15. This wasn't very far up the trail. I've seen dozens of near identical photographs. Still beautiful. Glad I went when I did because the city closed down the trail the next time we had a superbloom.


Superbloom IV | A beautiful Southern California wildflower display.


Grasslands Trail | Some great clouds and great shadows. I think it's cool that some people are really good at black and white photography. For me it's more like: this isn't working in color, so...


Grasslands Trail | Repeat visit :)


Backcountry Rainbow | One of my favorite places in San Diego. I had finished hiking nearby and decided to make the very short drive over to this popular trailhead. As I neared the parking area I looked left and saw a vibrant rainbow. I quickly parked, grabbed my camera and took off running down the wet trail. It's about half a mile to this spot where the view opens up. The rainbow had faded some. But still an incredible sight. And I'm probably lucky I didn't pull a hamstring or have a slip and fall on the way down.

Laguna Fall Leaves 3

Season's End | A small cluster of oak leaves catching the last light shining through the forest.


Fall Colors | Palomar Mountain. No seasons in San Diego.


Last Light | Always looking for those trees that get last light. Palomar Mountain.


Sun Seekers | A ridge of trees just above the fog catching sunset light. Palomar Mountain.


Summer Sunset | Ramona. Photographic evidence that I've been here more times than I care to admit coming up...


Sunset Strip | Ramona.


Sunset Strip | Ramona. I love this picture, except... I was there. I took it. And I know it doesn't capture how crazy this sunset was.


Light Show | Standing in the middle of the road, in the rain, taking pictures.


Countdown | Ramona. Right before the lightning started.


Sunrise Highway Rainbow | Wild end of the day in the local mountains. Another straight road and interesting sky. But somewhere different for a change.


Break in the Horizon | A little big of sunset light finds it's way to this semi-secret valley near Ramona.


Break in the Horizon | Two years later. Plus or minus a few days.


Santa Maria Valley | A straight road with the Santa Maria Valley grasslands on either side. Ramona.


Sunset Strip | Ramona.