Local Wild

It's not necessary to travel half way around the world to have an adventure. There's a lot to see and do around here - plenty of opportunities to travel and explore close to home. My favorite things to do around San Diego: a low tide run along the beach at Torrey Pines, a spring run at Ramona Grasslands and winter camping in the Anza Borrego desert.

Coast

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Desert

Inland

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My favorite view on my favorite trail run. Ramona Grasslands.
Clearing fog at Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Foggy morning at Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Foggy morning at Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Torrey Pines State Beach.
Sunset. Torrey Pines State Beach.
Calcite Mine Slot Canyon. Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Sunrise/moonset during the 2017 wildflower bloom. Arroyo Salado. Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Morning in the washes around Arroyo Salado. Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Calcite Mine Slot Canyon. Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Golden grass and Mount Woodson. Ramona Grasslands.
Ramona Grasslands.
Glowing. Mountain Palm Springs. Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Sunrise. Mountain Palm Springs. Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Dune patterns. North Algodones Dunes Wilderness.
Sunrise cloud reflections. La Jolla, California.
Shortly before sunset at Razor Point - the turn around point for my usual run along the beach and into Torrey Pines State Reserve.
The Fish Creek Wash mud hills viewed from the Wind Caves Trail. Near Split Mountain in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Rain falls into the ocean at Torrey Pines on a frickin (you know what I mean) awesome evening - one of my most memorable times outdoors.
Late October fall colors in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area.
Stars over the Fish Creek Wash mud hills in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
The sun briefly breaks through the clouds on a day of scattered showers (photographed from the Torrey Pines Glider Port).
The sun shines on the distant cliffs near Flat Rock (photographed from the Torrey Pines Glider Port).
Sunset over the small town of Santa Ysabel.
A 5 second exposure of the incoming surf gives a silky, soft, mysterious look to these pothole formations in La Jolla.
Potholes in Surf. La Jolla.
Sunset at Mountain Palm Springs. Anza Borrego Desert.
Dense fog adds to the atmosphere of a burned forest on Palomar Mountain.
Purple and Orange. Torrey Pines.
I have made many attempts at shots similar to this one and it almost always goes the same way. I notice the surf running over some rocks. Because of the shape of the rocks and the back light from the setting sun, it looks nice. I compose the scene based on my memory of where the surf was, a less than reliable method. Then I wait. The surf doesn't come back over the rocks. The sun gets closer to the horizon. I doubt that it's going to work out. Then, once in a while, it actually does work out.
Surf Symphony. La Jolla.
A few groups of potholes sit just above the surf in La Jolla.
Sunset at Broken Hill in Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Looking straight down Sunrise Highway at the end of a wet and memorable day in the local mountains.
A cloud reflection in wet sand. Imperial Beach, CA.
An El Nino sunset sky reflects in wet sand at low tide. The Coronado Islands are visible on the horizon.
Scattered clouds at Sunset. Torrey Pines State Beach.
Looking West over a short stretch of Interstate 8 towards San Diego from the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area.
A glowing tree (I think it's a cottonwood, but I'm not good at identifying plants or animals) in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Mud hills viewed from the Wind Caves trail in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Fish Creek Mud Hills at sunrise. Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Sunset at the Torrey Pines Glider Port.
Just before sunset at the Torrey Pines Glider Port.
Sunset at the Torrey Pines Glider Port.
Fish Creek Mud Hills. Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Sunset over the Ramona Grasslands and Mt Woodson. Ramona, CA.
Countdown. Ramona, CA.
Brewing. Ramona, CA.