Best Photos from our Readers and Staff

PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: EAST COUNTY SHOWS ITS PATRIOTIC SPIRIT

June 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – From La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade to the Wings Over Gillespie Air Show in El Cajon, East County displayed its patriotic pride.

 

At left, Dexter Levy drives a vintage auto in La Mesa's Flag Day Parade, heralding in the City's upcoming Centennial year of celebration. Photo by Kristin Kjaero.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: EXPLORING OTAY LAKES


By Miriam Raftery
 

May 21, 2011 (Otay) – Last weekend, I took a drive to explore the southeast section of our readership area. I headed south on Highway 94, then west on Otay Lakes Road, passing a parachute center before meandering among the various lakes that make up this close-to-the-border region. This area has a colorful—if largely forgotten—history.

PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: EAST IN EDEN

 

 

April 18, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- While beach denizens are contending with coastal fog, the sun is shining out here in East County--where it's just another day in paradise this time of year.  

 

We hope you'll enjoy our local photographers' images of springtime in East County!

WE FOUND THE END OF THE RAINBOW IN EAST COUNTY


 

By Miriam Raftery

 

April 13, 2011 – It’s official—the rainbow ends in Jamul!

 

 A spectacular rainbow arched over a field behind Donna Hendrix’s Jamul home after last week’s rainstorm week—putting in a special appearance at a party celebrating Steve Rowe’s promotion from executive director of the East County YMCA to a leadership role in the San Diego YMCA.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 29, 2011

 

 

March 29, 2011 (San Diego's East County)-- Signs of spring abound! 

 

The past couple of weeks, our photographers found no shortage of birds and bees, flowers and trees resplendant in spring foliage.  They also spotted signs of wild life both on the trail and off,  as East County residents heralded in St. Patrick's Day.

 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 9, 2011

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Daren Sefcik

 

March 9, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- You just never know what you might encounter on the trails in East County!  Photographer Daren Sefcek headed out to the Anza-Borrego Desert to take photos of wildflowers in bloom--and captured a close-up of this yellow-backed spiny lizard on the trail. 

Photos of the week Feb. 23, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 23, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- What can be more welcoming than a warm sunny day after the winter rains?  Our readers and photographers have documented the wonders of nature--and human nature, from the sands of Anza-Borrego Desert to the top of Palomar and Laguna Mountains.  We had so many great shots this week, we're posting a bonus edition of our "photos of the week" feature just for your enjoyment!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: JAN. 26, 2011

 

January 26, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Our readers have been hitting the trails, venturing into parks and basking in the sunshine in their own backyards to bring you the latest intriguing images from East County.

 

Garden camouflage:  Robert Gehr snapped this image of a praying mantis artfully blending with leaves in his backyard.

 

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PHOTOS OF THE YEAR: BEST IMAGES OF 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 January 3, 2011 (San Diego's East County) - our photographers and readers have provided a wealth of amazing images in 2010--from dramatic news stories to astounding nature images to heart-warming images of humanity. 

 

We hope you"ll enjoy our 50 most compelling photos. Which is your favorite?  Please share your opinions in our comments section below!

HELIX WATER ANNOUNCES WINNER OF LAKE JENNINGS PHOTO CONTEST

 

December 4, 2010 (San Diego's East County) – This fall, as part of the Helix Water District’s watershed awareness campaign, a photo contest was held for residents that live within the Lake Jennings watershed. The District has now announced the winner—Sid Cavey who lives near the reservoir and submitted a spectacular photo of a rainbow over the Lake, which is located in Lakeside.

 

 

BEST PHOTOS FROM EAST COUNTY: NOVEMBER 29, 2010

November 29, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- While residents in other parts of the country are shoveling snow, and even coastal residents are contending with foggy winter days, here in East County it's been a week to savor some beautiful moments.  We hope you'll enjoy a few of the best shots captured by our readers and staff this week in East County!

BEST EAST COUNTY PHOTOS

 

 October 22, 2010

No kidding! Youngsters had a great time at the San Miguel Fire open house in Spring Valley earlier this month, where this boy got a close-up look at goats owned by Johnny Gonzalez; the four-footed brush clearing team is used to create firebreaks in East County’s rural areas. Photo by Miriam Raftery.

“My son grew up here in Boulevard and loves what God gave us,” wrote reader Leslie Mauris, who submitted this photo of boulders balanced as if by divine design.

 

Scroll down to see more amazing images of East County.....

SPRINGTIME IN EAST COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery

April 15, 2010 - Yes, you can still see wildflowers in bloom in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Thanks to readers Jerry and Marlene Fisher for sending us shots taken this week of the desert floor in bloom--and a flowering ocotillo.

We also spotted a profusion of spring blooms at Summers Past Farm, which hosted its annual Sweet Pea Festival last weekend. Local residents Cindy and Juliana Houser, Laura Butcher, and Bonnie Henselmeier snipped fragrant sweat peas shown in the photo at right.  The crowd quickly grew so large that cutting was stopped for the day, but not to worry--more sweat peas will be available to the public this weekend. 

EAST COUNTY CELEBRATES ITS MULTI-ETHNIC HERITAGE

January 5, 2009 (San Diego's East County) - Festivals and events held in East County in 2009 showcased our region's growing cultural and ethnic diversity.  Below are a few highlights:  

 

The Chaldean Food Festival in El Cajon featured cuisine and entertainment reflective of the Iraqi Chaldean community.

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