Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Santa Rosa Plateau



I just realized that out of all the locations I have written about, I've so far passed over this one, which is pretty much right in my back yard (well, 60 miles from home, but this is California).. and I have a number of interesting images that I have made here over the past few years.
The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve is a 9000 acre area about half way between Mt. San Jacinto where I live and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Many thousands of people pass by here every day on the major north-south freeway, I-15, just a few miles to the east and probably don't even know about this place... I didn't myself until a couple of years ago.
As you can see, it's a beautiful, wide open area of rolling hills, grass and oak groves; in the spring when it's green, as in this shot, it reminds you more of the English countryside than southern California. The Englemann Oaks that grow here are unique to southern California and northern Baja Mexico... and are great subject matter for photography, both in color and monochrome. I thought I'd start a series with this wide-open shot as a scene setter.

6 comments:

Patrick said...

Beautiful view Mark,

I love this kind of rural landscape in which rolling hills change their colours with seasons and time of the day.

trav4adventures said...

I've GOT to get over there and stop to see this place! It's only an hour from where I board my horses. We were up in Idyllwild last weekend for 4 days (I had a furlough Friday...) and it was delightful! I saw frost on the trees Saturday morning!

betchai said...

very beautiful, I must admit we are one of those who may pass by here often on our way to Palm Springs but never stopped, I will remind myself next spring.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh So Magnificently Beautiful!!!

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