Best Photos from our Readers and Staff

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: LA MESA SHIMMERS

 

East County New Service

December 8, 2017 (La Mesa) – Paul Kruze provided this photo of La Mesa’s holiday tree, fully decked out and illuminated at the “La Mesa Shimmer” event.   Shops along La Mesa Boulevard are also bedecked with holiday trim, just in time for the start of La Mesa’s annual Holiday in the Village celebration this Saturday, December 9th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, December 10th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SPECTACULAR SUNSET IN JAMUL

 

East County News Service

November 17, 2017 (Jamul) – UCSD’s HP-Wren video camera atop Lyon’s Peak in Jamul captured this stunning sunset last week. 

You can view a dazzling time-lapse video here, taken November 7th:  http://c1.hpwren.ucsd.edu/…/lp-s-…/large/20171107/MP4/Q6.mp4

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: A JURASSIC PARK MOMENT IN ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 18, 2017 (Alpine) -- No, Ariele Brooke and I didn't just plop down into a movie scene from "Jurassic Park." 

But we did find the last remaining dinosaur  statue from Dinosaur Land, a roadside attraction in the early 1960s, that still stands today along a creek bed in the Alpine Mobile Home Estates on Alpine Boulevard in Alpine, California. 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: INTERPOINT

 

By Robert Gehr

October 3, 2017 (El Cajon) – This beautiful sculpture, with its gracefully flowing curves, sits unassumingly yet boldly in front of the San Diego County courthouse entry area in El Cajon at 250 East Main street.

Created from stainless steel with a highly polished, reflecting surface, one can certainly be mesmerized by looking skyward as it towers 31 feet above the viewer.

SHOW YOUR BEST SHOTS: ANZA-BORREGO DESERT PHOTO CONTEST

 

East County News Service

August 5, 2017 (Anza-Borrego) -- Calling All Photographers!  The 2018 Anza-Borrego Desert Photo Contest is now live and ready to accept your entries!

The contest is meant to encourage desert lovers and photography enthusiasts to capture their favorite views, moments and adventures in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Since the theme of the contest is the unique and natural beauty of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, all photographs must be taken within the Park boundaries.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

 

By Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine

July 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The votes are in!  Congratulations to the winners in our East County Photography Contest.  Below are the winners, chosen by our readers from semi-finalists selected by our editorial staff.  The first place winner in each category will be displayed at the State Capitol, courtesy of Assemblyman Randy Voepel. The top four winners in each category are published in our East County Magazine article below. 

Due to the large volume of high-quality entries, we added extra categories to allow  more winners.  The categories are wildlife, landmarks, communities, close-ups, people, landscapes, waterscapes, sunsets and regional.  

Congratulations to our winners! We thank all who entered, and hope all of our readers will enjoy viewing the amazing works of these talented local photographers!   View winners: 

MORE DRAMATIC JENNINGS FIRE PHOTOS

 

East County News Service

July 11, 2017 (Flinn Springs) – “I watched this whole fire play out, since we live so close,” Renee Owens wrote in an email to ECM. “It’s not the first fire I have ever witnessed, but this one got so hot and moved so quickly at first it was downright scary. You could hear the trees pop and explode, the fire reached 60 foot flames on some of the steep slopes, and stopped right at the I-8 just a couple hundred feet from a huge propane storage tank. It traveled frighteningly fast at first, but once the air tankers and helicopters showed up - combined with hitting some steep and sparsely vegetated cliff faces - they managed to tamp it down pretty quickly despite the heat and wind. It came within a couple hundred feet of houses near Dunbar lane. Watching it go from enormously hot and fast to under control was seriously impressive, and we owe some major thanks to the pilots on this one.”

As of 10 p.m. tonight, the fire is 10% contained and has burned over 400 acres.  All roads have been reopened.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: JENNINGS FIRE RAINBOWS

 

East County News Service

July 11, 2017 (Flinn Springs) — Renee Owens sent in these photos of the #JenningsFire burning between Lakeside and Alpine in San Diego’s East County, including the eerily beautiful images of “fire rainbows” – illusions created by helicopters dropping water on the flames. 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: DESCANSO DAYS PARADE BRINGS HISTORY TO LIFE

 
By Miriam Raftery
Photos by Richard Edwords
 
July 9, 2017 (Descanso) -- I love a parade!  Descanso Days displays pure Americana, from 1920s-era cars to Western banditos on horseback and a firetruck decked out with patriotic bunting, this parade reflects the community's historical heritage and heroes.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: PHOTOGRAPHERS CAPTURE MOMENTS OF LOCAL BEAUTY

 

Winners named in annual Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest

Source:  Helix Water District

June 16, 2017 (Santee) - Have you ever imagined the beauty of intense light sparkling from a rippled lake surface?  Or the majesty of birds in flight, riding a cool breeze just inches above a glass-smooth body of water?  Twenty-four photographers captured these images and many more and entered them in Helix Water District’s Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest.     

VOTE FOR WINNERS IN OUR PHOTO CONTEST!

 

East County Magazine

June 3, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Thanks to all who entered our East County photo contest!    There were many great entries , making it tough to narrow it down to semi-finalists. We added extra categories to give more people a chance to be winners!  Please vote for your favorites in each category/

For directions click "read more" and scroll down:

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: FETCHING IMAGES FROM FIDO FEST

 

By Rebecca Williamson

Photo:  El Cajon resident Ace Saunders, and his pit bull, Saturn.

June 11, 2017 (Santee) -- El Cajon resident, Ace Saunders, and his pit bull, Saturn, won best trick contest at Santee's 2nd Annual Fido Fest for performing a variety of commands.  The event, held June 10th in Santee, drew an estimated 2,000-- with smallest dog, largest dog, and a cake walk all part of the festivities. 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SIGNS OF THE TIMES AT MARCH FOR SCIENCE

 

By Roger Coppock

April 25, 2017 (San Diego) -- I've been protesting for over half a century.  Never before the March for Science in San Diego Saturday have I seen a demonstration where everyone brought their own homemade signs.  

 

The signs were so original that they did not even have a common slogan.  I attended a march of 15,000 individuals.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: BORREGO SUPER BLOOMS

 

East County News Service

March 23, 2017 (Borrego Springs) – Bob Kutscher of Borrego Springs shared these gorgeous flower photos taken during this month’s “super bloom” in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

“A routine of mine this year has been taking afternoon off-road rides and searching out flowers.  Needless to say it's been an enjoyable time this year.”

ASSEMBLYMAN VOEPEL AND EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE TO HOST EASTERN SAN DIEGO COUNTY PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

 

 

Photo by Darin Sefcik:  First place winner in East County Magazine's 2013 photography competition

 

March 15,  2017 (Santee) -- Assemblyman Randy Voepel (R-Santee) and East County Magazine announced today that they are hosting a photography contest that features photographs taken in San Diego’s East County.  The winning photographs will be displayed in Assemblyman Randy Voepel’s Capitol Office and published in East County Magazine.  Categories include wildlife, landscapes, cities and towns, activities, and people. 

“Eastern San Diego County is full of beautiful scenery and iconic landmarks, and I can’t wait to showcase photos of our wonderful community in our State’s Capitol,” Voepel said.  

Miriam Raftery, Editor of East County Magazine said, “We’re pleased to partner with Assemblyman Voepel to showcase the best of East County’s beautiful scenery, unique communities, people, wildlife, and activities.” 

Click "read more" or scroll down for for details:

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SPRINGTIME IN HARRY GRIFFEN PARK

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 19, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Wildflowers are popping up all East County over after the winter rains -- including these sunflowers springing forth at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa.

The park, located behind Grossmont High School,  has idyllic paths for strolling  or walking your dogs through areas of native vegetation just starting to blossom.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: VAPOR TRAILS OVER MT. HELIX

 

 

East County News Service

Photo credit:  Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson

March 8, 2017 (La Mesa) – Rebecca Jefferis Williamson sent in this photo of trails left by airplanes over Mt. Helix, taken from the Fuerte Street bridge this morning. Some have called these chem trails but they are actually simply water vapor that has condensed/frozen due to cold temperatures high in the atmosphere. The scientific name is contrails.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: DESERT DELIGHTS

 

 

East County News Service

March 4, 2017 (Borrego Springs) – You never know what you’re going to find in the Anza Borrego Desert!  Our editor, Miriam Raftery, headed out in search of wildflowers this weekend.  It’s still 1-2 weeks too early to see fields of flowers in bloom, but she did get some close-ups of early blossoms, scenic shots and an up-close look at some of the many whimsical sculptures dotting the desert terrain.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SWEETWATER RIVER

 

 

East County News Service

February 28, 2017 (Descanso) – Duncan McFetridge with Cleveland National Forest Foundation  sent in this photo in Descanso Valley of the rain-swollen Sweetwater River, the major source of water in the Sweetwater Authority. 

"The river has been dry for about two years," he says. "The fall rains recharged the river to about three feet wide. Currently, it's about 70 feet across!"

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: ROADRUNNER IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

February 26, 2017 (Santee) — John Locke of Santee was jogging Friday morning on Park Center Drive south of Riverwalk Drive on the east side of Town Center Community Park in Santee when he spotted this Greater Roadrunner running along the top of the wooden fence alongside the park property.

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