Best Photos from our Readers and Staff

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: A WILD NIGHT SIGHT

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 25, 2015 (Borrego Springs) -- You just never know what you might see on a warm desert night out in Borrego Springs! 

This shot by our editor, Miriam Raftery, was taken on the summer solstice eve.  The figure at left, a photography student on Dennis Mammana's night sky photography tour, is facing off with a sculpture of a giant sloth (a creature that once roamed the Anza-Borrego Desert). The gigantic metal sculpture is one of many created by artist Richard Breceda that appear tto rise from the desert floor, captivating the imaginations of young and old alike.

The moon, Venus, and Jupiter are faintly visible in the sky above.

AREA PHOTOGRAPHER'S WORK WINS IN AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

 

Cliff LaPlant is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.



May 14, 2015 (Alpine) – A photograph created by Cliff LaPlant, www.sierralara.com ) of Alpine, California has recently been accepted into the Motif Collective Galleries of Artists Showcase for the 2015 Landscape Photographic Competition. LaPlant’s work is now on display in the Online Gallery at www.motifcollective.com.  This International Photographic Competition is held monthly supporting Fine Art Photographers from around the world.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: BUTTERFLY RELEASE IN ALPINE

 

May 12, 2015 (Alpine) – Greg Dunn sent in these photos with this note:  “We had a blast watching the kids see the butterfly's released out in front of our store…Sage & Songbird Festival was out in front of Barons Market… We gave out apples and soft drinks. Great turnout, weather was perfect, the butterflys are free.”  He adds, “The best part was watching the smiles on the little kids.”

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: NUTHATCHES

 

April 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Greg Dunne snapped these images, and sent this note:  “These Kooky White-breasted Nuthatches have been giving my wife and me some enjoyment with their nesting the last couple of weeks. I say kooky because they spend a lot of their time upside down. Walking head first down the trunk of the pine tree looking for insects. They also feed on seeds and we enjoy them at our feeder.”

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: READY FOR THE RODEO

 

April 17, 2015 (Lakeside) - At the Eastbound Bar & Grill in Lakeside, staff is ready to welcome the rodeo crowd this weekend. The restaurant is ready to give away 1,000 free hats to its customers -- and provide a streetside spot to watch the 50th annual rodeo Saturday morning.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SPRING DUCKLINGS

 

Story and photos by Robert Gehr © 2015

April 10, 2015 (El Cajon)--Baby Mallard ducks  are swimming and exploring their new world, under the ever-watchful eyes of the adults, at the waterscape in downtown El Cajon at Main Street and Sulzfeld Way.

LEMON GROVE ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST

East County News Service

April 5, 2015 (Lemon Grove) – The City of Lemon Grove is calling on all photographers – amateurs, professionals, adults and youths—to enter the city’s first annual photo contest.  All photos must contain an image of a lemon or lemon related object (such as a blossom or tree) and be submitted by the April 30th deadline.

The application states:  “Lemon Grove is embedded with a rich history built around rows plentiful with citrus trees and lemon growing the town’s largest industry. Help us celebrate the culture of Lemon Grove by entering your best image based around the iconic symbol of the `lemon.’”

 Scroll down for additional details.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SPRING IS HERE

 

By Robert Gehr ã 2015

April 4, 2015 (El Cajon)--Look around, you will see that spring has arrived and a hot summer is fast approaching. The warm days seem to inspire many species of plants into an explosion of green growth and a kaleidoscope of color.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: LYONS PEAK SUNRISE

 

March 18, 2015 (Jamul)—The HP Wren UCSD webcam atop Lyons Peak in Jamul caught this dazzling sunrise on St. Patrick’s Day.  Sure ‘n’ those glistening jewels in the sky look like a Leprechaun’s treasure!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: A TRIO OF BEAUTIFUL BIRDS

 

March 14, 2015 (Granite Hills) – Tim Hall sent in these beautiful bird images, including a Red-Tail Hawk nesting in a eucalyptus tree near his home in Granite Hills, an American Kestrel (also known as a Sparrow Hawk) and a Goldfinch.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLARS

 

March 12, 2015 (Anza Borrego Desert) -  Kristin Kjaero visited the Anza Borrego desert Tuesday, where she observed "thousands of caterpillars in a feeding frenzy...The roads were dotted with yellow splotches."  Standing still for just a few moments to take a photo, she adds, "I had caterpillars crawl onto each foot."

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: CACTUS BLOOMS

 

March 12, 2015 (El Cajon) – Photographer Robert Gehr snapped these beautiful early season barrel cactus blooms – no, not in the desert, but in the cactus garden outside the Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center in downtown El Cajon.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SUNSET IN LA MESA

 

 

February 22, 2015 (La Mesa) – Miriam Raftery snapped this brilliantly hued sunset earlier this month, when the setting sun mirrored an amber glow from a streetlamp in the parking lot at the La Mesa Springs shopping center.

EXOTIC BIRDS IN THE PARK

 

Story and photos by Robert Gehr © 2015

January 16, 2015 (El Cajon)--On Monday morning, I was out for my daily morning walk. It was cloudy, cool, and a little gloomy. I was zoned out listening to some music on my iPod Touch, yet as always, keeping an eye out for a photo opportunity. Passing by Prescott Promenade Park (229 East Main Street, El Cajon), this writer noticed four birds in a tree which were definitely ‘non native’ to the area. In fact, the birds include parrots, a cockatoo and a macaw.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: WIND TURBINES ON THE HORIZON

 

January 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – “No more uninterrupted horizons,” laments Wayne Brammer, who took this photo of wind turbines recently built in Mexico, viewed from I-8 eastbound in Boulevard.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: "FRIENDS"

 

January 10, 2015 (El Cajon)—Robert Gehr snapped this photo of a Mallard Duck and Seagull standing together on a recent cold morning at the water-scape by the waterfall in downtown El Cajon.

“They make for an interesting pair, don't they?” he says.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SATELLITE VIEW OF SNOW

 
January 1, 2015 (Southern California)--Alex Tardy with the National Weathersent in this image taken by the Aqua Modis satellite at 2 p.m. on New Year's Eve.  It shows an extensive pack of snow across Southern California, including the lower Inland Empire and southern Santa Ana mountains.  You can see the Salton Sea to the east.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: OPTICAL ILLUSION IN OCOTILLO

 

December 18, 2014 (Ocotillo) ---Photographer Daren Sefcik sent in this intriguing image.  He states, “On just the right day and wind conditions one could believe that the wind turbines cross the road. Of course this is not true but on a certain part of the highway it can look that way.”

PHOTO OF THE MONTH: GUESS WHAT'S SPOTTED IN DESCANSO?

 

December 15, 2014 (Descanso) - “Descanso reader Duncan McFetridge was surprised to find an unusual visitor nestled down in his kitchen during this week’s storm:  a spotted skunk, who didn’t mind sharing the space with a couple of housecats, McFetridge adds.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CLIMATE ADAPTED REINDEER

 

December 8, 2014 (Ramona) -- Kristin Kjaero snapped this pic of holiday ornaments made at a party for wine club members at Hacienda de las Rosa Winery in Ramona on Sunday. She titled her creation, decked out in sunglasses and holiday lighted antlers, "Climate adapted reindeer." Cheers!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: RIDE'EM, COWBOYS!

 

December 3, 2014 (Lakeside) – Photographer Randy Jordan sent in these images, taken at the Bulls Only Rodeo in Lakeside in July.   The photos show a kids’ event, “mutton busting,” as well as a rider demonstrating bull riding skills for the press.

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