2012-09-12 Santa Rosa Mountain in September

If one reads my blog and scans for “Santa Rosa Mountain” they might get the idea I love going there … and they’d be right. I’ve been visiting this place since the early 1970s, long before my interest in birds and photography. The contrast between the deserts below and the pine forests atop this sky … Read more

2012-08 August Yardbirds

I took a lot of images of Lesser Goldfinches the month of August 2012. I used them as subjects to experiment with different photo techniques. These birds are my most numerous avian guests, so why not exploit the resource? At the time I was still feeding seeds to my bird neighbors, but I’d scaled back … Read more

2012-08-23 Late Summer On Santa Rosa Mountain

Juvenile Western Bluebirds were fun to watch on this Thursday in late August while I visited Santa Rosa Mountain. I find these birds are at their most attractive as juveniles. Feathers are fresh, colors are crisp, and the birds are a little less shy. I found them downslope where the road crosses the Garnet Queen … Read more

2013-05-01 Santa Margarita River Trail

The Santa Margarita River flows out of Riverside County, draining a basin 30 miles long, and crosses south into San Diego County, then west across Camp Pendleton and out to sea just north of Oceanside California. North of the town of Fallbrook, the river flows through a relatively wild canyon system (for southern California at … Read more

2014-10-23 Autumn In Garner Valley

In the past I’ve written about my late June meetings with Pinyon Jays in Garner Valley, but on this autumn visit there were different avian hosts to entertain me. I spent most of my time along Morris Creek where it emerges from the chaparral-covered slopes onto the valley floor and meets the larger valley below. … Read more

2014 Mid-October At Old Mine Road In Ranchita

I will remember 2014 as the year I met Lewis’s Woodpeckers for the first time, and while this account is not about that first meeting, this, the second meeting was my best. My very first encounter was two months earlier in August while visiting friends at June Lake in the Eastern Sierras. I enjoyed my … Read more

2014 Early Autumn On Santa Rosa Mountain

Within the span of one week I made two excursions to Santa Rosa Mountain in late August and early September in 2014. I’ve described this place several times in past posts, so I’ll forgo any lengthy descriptions here. For those readers not aware of these past accounts, please check out these links: 2014 June, 2015 … Read more

2014 Late June At Garner Valley

I recall a lot of MacGyvering to my Samurai before this trip. I wanted to provide a sleeping quarters, suspended from the side of the vehicle, and a tent on a portable platform. I put a lot of effort into the project, but later scrapped the whole thing when I realized that travel in the … Read more

2014 Early June On Santa Rosa Mountain

I never grow tired of visiting Santa Rosa Mountain, a sky island in southern Riverside County California, a stone’s throw from the border with San Diego County. Part of me connects to this place because of memories of visiting here with my dad in the early 1970s, and camping in Steve Ragsdale’s cabin (now gone) … Read more

2017-10-27 A Week At Southeast County

As a part of project to study the inland wetlands of San Diego County, the San Diego Natural History Museum’s science team spent the week at a property in the southeast county located east of La Posta Road, not far from the Mexican border. The acreage has been heavily grazed. Recently acquired by an non-profit … Read more