Mt. Palomar

Mt. Palomar at 5,617′ looms over the Temecula Valley. You can see the huge white observatory from the valley floor and surrounding foothills. Check this link for more information about the Hale telescope that is run by California Institute of Technology: Palomar Observatory I have yet to make it to the observatory as they close at 3:00 – sunset is later!

One of the things I like best about Mt. Palomar is that if you take the east road down off the mountain, you come upon Warner Ranch. Wide open spaces where cattle roam – but more about that another time. Up on the mountain, as long as winding, steep roads don’t bother you, there are some beautiful sights . Weather of any kind in southern California is cause for photographers to get excited. When nearly everyday is sunny and mild, then clouds, rain, fog, wind and snow are fun to see.

The view of Mt. Palomar from Vail  Lake during a snowy winter day in Southern California in 2013.
The view of Mt. Palomar from Vail Lake during a snowy winter day in Southern California in 2013.

The other side of the mountain was clear!
The other side of the mountain was clear!
The name matches the foggy weather (Poe like).
The name matches the foggy weather (Poe like).

Misletoe balls in the tree are highlighted because of the fog.
Misletoe balls in the tree are highlighted because of the fog.
The clouds are starting to break up.
The clouds are starting to break up.
The clouds are lying in the valley below. The light blue color at about 11 on the photo was such a beautiful hue, it was quite dark before I came down the mountain.
The clouds are lying in the valley below. The light blue color at about 11 on the photo was such a beautiful hue, it was quite dark before I came down the mountain.
Yes, the cloud behind the monument is that dark! A lovely place for a monument for a brave man.
Yes, the cloud behind the monument is that dark! A lovely place for a monument for a brave man.

The monument reads: Gregory Pacheco, a Picuris Pueblo Tribe firefighter who gave his life in the 1999 La Jolla Fire.

3 Replies to “Mt. Palomar”

  1. I especially like the “clouds are starting to break up” one – something about the shape of the trees against the clouds… Thanks for sharing the beauty with us!

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