Photo of the Week

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: BORREGO RAINBOW

 
East County News Service
 
May 22, 2019 (Borrego Springs) -- Rob Amato shot this idyllically posed photo of a rainbow arcing over horse statues by artist Ricardo Breceda in Borrego Springs.
 
You can read more about world-famous metal sculptor Breceda at his website: http://ricardobreceda.com/
 
Find a map and details on the Borrego sculptures at https://www.desertusa.com/borrego/bs-art.html#newmap.


PHOTO OF THE WEEK: DINO-BUNNY

 

 

East County News Service

April 23, 2019 (La Mesa) – Toby the T-Rex donned bunny ears over the Easter weekend.  The statue, owned by Jeff Phair of the Phair Company, has fast become a holiday icon atop its hillside home at the planned site of La Mesa Summit Estates in La Mesa.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: FROSTY VIEW

 

 

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February 21, 2019 (Julian) – Carol Faith from Julian sent in this photo of frost patterns on her window pane framing views of snow outside.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: MALLARD DUCKS LOOKING FOR LOVE IN EL CAJON

 

 

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Photo by Robert Gehr

February 14, 2019 (El Cajon) - Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mallard drakes are gathering together before Spring, awaiting the arrival of female Mallard ducks at the waterscape in downtown El Cajon, located at Sulzfeld Way and east Main St.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: STORM CLOUDS AT SUNSET

 

 

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February 1, 2019 (El Cajon) — Robert Gehr sent in this photo of dramatic clouds over El Cajon, glowing golden at sunset after yesterday’s storm.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: TOBY THE TURKEY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 28, 2018 (La Mesa) – Toby the T-Rex sported turkey garb on Thanksgiving week. The iconic dinosaur statue was erected on the future site of La Mesa Summit Estates by developer Jeff Phair, owner of the Phair Company.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: HERITAGE TURKEY

 

 

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October 30, 2018 (Alpine) – Thanksgiving is coming soon, and Richard Edwords of Alpine sent in a photo of this plump Heritage Turkey. Gobble, gobble! 


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CACTUS FLOWER

 

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August 15, 2018 (El Cajon) – Robert Gehr captured this picture-perfect image of a cactus blossom at the Olaf Wieghorst museum grounds,  located at 131 Rea Avenue, El Cajon, California.  Inside, the museum displays artwork of famed artist Olaf Wieghorst as well as other talented western artists.

For more information on the museum, visit http://wieghorstmuseum.org/.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: "TROPICAL SUNRISE" IN EL CAJON

 

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July 13, 2018 (El Cajon) – This sunrise looks like it was taken in the tropics.  But it was actually shot at daybreak in El Cajon. Thanks to photographer Robert Gehr for sending in his image.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: MIMOSA BLOOM

 

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June 8, 2018 (El Cajon) – Robert Gehr got the shot of this gorgeous Mimosa blossom at Judson Park, located at the corner of North Magnolia Avenue and West Park Avenue in El Cajon.


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: LA MESA SHIMMERS

 

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December 8, 2017 (La Mesa) – Paul Kruze provided these photo of La Mesa’s holiday tree and street lighting,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.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SOLAR ECLIPSE FROM SPACE

 

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August 21, 2017 (Planet Earth) — As people across the nation sought out viewing areas, eclipse glasses and solar shields to photograph the eclipse,  the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) got the premier eclipse photo—shot from space.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: RODENT CONTROL

 

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July 9, 2017 (Jamul) – Debbie Ekhaml  sent in this great photo of a coyote that’s captured its prey, a plump squirrel, at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge  in Jamul, where she also shot award-winning images honored in our recent photo contest. 


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: LUCKY SNAKE!

 

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June 17, 2017 (Lakeside) - Lakeside Fire and Rescue tweeted this image of an unusual animal rescue.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: GREY FOX IN CUYAMACA

 

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May 11, 2017 (Cuyamaca) – Debbie Ekhaml shot this beautiful photo of a California gray fox in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  The gray fox can run up to 28 miles an hour and is the only species of canines in North America that can actually climb trees! 


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: VAPOR TRAILS OVER MT. HELIX

 

 

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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.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SWEETWATER RIVER

 

 

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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!"


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: ROADRUNNER IN SANTEE

 

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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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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SO MUCH SNOW!

 

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January 27, 2017 (Cuyamaca) – Tom Lemon ventured into the Laguna Mountains today and sent us this beautiful photo of the thick blanket of snow across the area.  “I saw where the plows had moved a lot of snow and today there were three plows working to clear the side of the Sunrise Highway to the edge of the pavement and parking areas at the lodge, visitor center, and the restaurants,” he wrote. “We stopped at Cuyamaca Lake to walk across the causeway and I could not continue because of the 40 MPH wind and spray from whitecaps on the lake.”


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SUPER MOON OVER DESCANSO

 

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November 16, 2016 (Descanso) — Sharon Penny juxtaposed trees in front of the Super Moon over Descanso Monday night.  She notes, “I didn’t have cool cityscapes”  so opted for a natural setting in the foreground.  The Super Moon was the biggest and brightest moon since 1948, the last time the moon’s orbit brought it this close to Earth.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: LAKE SAN VICENTE

 

May 31, 2016 (Lakeside) – Leon Thompson sent in this dramatic image showing a canopy of clouds swooping across Lake San Vicente in Lakeside, an area he calls “Coyote Highway” due to the wildlife frequenting the natural habitat in this beautiful, windswept area.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: WILD THANG

 

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May 18, 2016 (El Cajon) – Classic Cruises continue in El Cajon each Wednesday night, with an array of hotrods and classic cruises on display. 


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: WILDFLOWER TRAIL RIDE

 

February 21, 2016 (Warner Springs) – Spring is in the air – and one of the most beautiful trail rides you’ll find is along the high mountain trail in Warner Springs.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SAN VICENTE SUNSET

 

July 8, 2015 (Lakeside) – Leon Thompson took this image of a sunset and dramatic clouds above San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside, while out strolling with his dog, Daisy, this summer afternoon.


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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.


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: FALL AT MISSION TRAILS

 

December 11, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Mission Trails Regional Park forwarded these images taken by David Cooksy, showing resplendent fall foliage and a coyote in the park—the largest urban  regional park in America.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: BACKYARD PARADISE

 

August 29, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Lee and Nancy Hauser sent in this photo of their “hummingbird haven,” a backyard paradise for birds. “The potato tree behind the waterfall has gotten very large and always seems to be full of hummers, finches, etc.,” they write.  “Lots of entertainment in a small space.”


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: FIVE PEAKS IN MISSION TRAILS

By Greg Dunne

April 28, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) --  My friend, David Hart, and myself went on a long and strenuous six-hour but fun hike of all five peaks at Mission Trails Regional Park on Wednesday. We enjoyed seeing many of nature’s wild life. Mule Deer, Red Diamondback Rattlesnake (always be aware of rattlesnakes this time of year), a Gopher Snake, (the gopher snake I befriended and then let him back on his way), and even a Jerusalem Cricket.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: UNCLE SAM AT LAKE MURRAY

December 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – “Uncle Sam made sure everyone knew (well - everyone at Lake Murray on my 6 mile walk) it was their civic duty to vote today,” Greg Dunne wrote in an e-mail to ECM on election day, adding that he received enthusiastic comments from walkers, dog walkers, bicyclists, joggers and others.  “Thanks to some great photography work from my walking buddy David,” he added. “Now it's off to vote,” said Dunne, who struck a “muscle pose” while modeling the costume made by his wife.


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