Since some previous picture posts are being liberated by data recovery sorcerers, here are a some shots of a favorite hiking/biking trail taken the weekend before the site went down.
Black Star is an epitome of the Santa Ana Mountains. Sun-baked slopes, shady canyons, massive rock formations, wildlife, flowers ... it's all there.
Some steep switchbacks along the face of the climb present a challenge to out-of-shape guys like me, but offer dramatic views in exchange for the effort.
A dry winter means a less abundant wildflower season, but there is still plenty of eye candy.
Songbirds are at their territorial "hey, look at me" peak right now. Since my current lens investment doesn't allow me to zoom in from far away, I have to rely on other techniques. I look for young females with low self esteem and tell them how pretty they are so they let me get close.
I made the trek to the waterfall, but didn't get any shots of the falls worth posting. The creek bed is beautiful, though. Just steer clear of the poison oak.
Never tired of seeing the rocks. I just wish the scale was easier to convey in 2 dimensions and 1600 pixels.
Shortly after I stopped to take some pictures of a flowering shrub, I heard the familiar sound of a hummingbird and caught a blurry shot of this guy snacking.
Enjoy and welcome back.