Last January when I caught a view of the entire range of the San Gabriel Mountains absolutely covered in snow, I figured it was a once-in-a-lifetime sight. Sure, they get snow every year, but they usually don’t get that much snow.
Amazingly, I got to see something similar again today. In a way, even better, because this time the sky was clear, providing better light and an unimpeded view.
After yesterday’s rain and a prediction of more showers today, I was surprised to see empty blue sky this morning. While driving over a bridge I looked out the window and saw the mountains just coated with snow. As soon as I dropped Katie off at her office, I made a beeline for that spot near The District in Tustin that (for now) offers an unimpeded view of the mountains that dominate the skyline (on clear days) of Los Angeles County.
By then a few clouds had begun to swirl around in the distance.
I couldn’t tell at the time whether Saddleback had any snow or not, since it was still backlit (this was around 8:20 or so in the morning), so I didn’t take any pictures of it.
Here’s a panorama of the mountain range. Click on the image below to see the full thing.
Last January I saw the exact same view of the mountains off of Warner. It was breathtaking and I blogged about the beauty of the shot you took and directed readers to your blog.
This year I was out at Warner again, with no camera, and you managed to capture the exact shot again!
Thank-you so much for sharing.
PS. Wasn’t Saddleback beautiful with the sprinkling of snow? Did you see the clouds hovering over Saddleback? Gorgeous.
I didn’t get to see much of Saddleback earlier this week, but this morning the view was incredible. I got some more pictures that I’ll be posting to my Flickr account (and later here)
Very jealous of your skills of creating panorama. Mine never sign up properly.
Thanks. I can’t take too much credit since my camera has a stitch assist mode, which keeps the previous picture on screen and moves it to the side, making it easier to line them up. And with most of them I use a program that came with it to do the actual stitching, though I think this is the one where I decide to give it a shot manually.
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My mom grew up at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in Tujunga California and named me after them 🙂