My favorite time of the day to shoot is what's commonly known as the "Golden Hour", the hour or so before sunset. Add some puffy overcast clouds and voila, it's magical! For landscapes it provides more drama than a popular reality show. Here in Southern California puffy clouds days are unfortunately rare, maybe a handful of days a year. This causes photographers to get more inventive, like saving cloud images to add to an image shot on the other 360 days. But lately, we've been lucky.
The lights and shadows merge and blend creating subtle nuances of muted colors. Excellent light for landscape and portraits.
A few trees remain from fires gone by. They are a gentle reminder how fragile the landscape is. We pray that all the shortage of rain and large amounts of dry brush doesn't ignite and destroy what has grown back during the subsequent years.
May these mountains survive another dry fall heading our way again in the not too distant future. Send us more clouds please, and while you're at it, a little rain wouldn't hurt either.