Photo Challenge: Warmth



Photography: Developing Your Eye – “Warmth”

I took this shot on the Mt. Umunhum Trail in the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve on a short out-and-back hike I took last night.  I was hoping to catch some good early evening sunlight at the Guadalupe Creek Overlook.  However, I started just a bit too late.  However, I did capture some good light along the trail.

I took this shot with my iPhone 7.

I would be interested in your comments on this #developingyoureye challenge.

Where are you hiking, and taking photos this weekend?  If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.





2015 Hiking Challenge – How am I doing?


View from a new trail at the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve which is part of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority.

I usually take a short break around the All Star Game to see how I am doing on my hiking goals for the year:

For 2015, I will hike at least 20 times for a total of 120 miles and complete at least 20 “training” hikes around my neighborhood at the base of the Sierra Azul Mountains here in Northern California.  I will also venture further out into the East Bay and up the San Francisco Peninsula to discover more trails, take more pictures, and write more about my adventures.  Finally, I would also like to hike in any OSP of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District that I have not yet visited and explore more trails in the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority lands!

Well, so far, I would have to give myself a B-…

I’ve completed 10 hikes for a total of 53.76 miles.  I’ve also completed 12 “training hikes” in the hills above our neighborhood.  I’ve concentrated on visiting some of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District OSP’s that I’ve never hiked in to date.  Cool preserves like, Thornewood OSP


To the Pinnacles National Park


However, I have yet to hike in the East Bay or up the Peninsula.  I’ve also struggled with some of my photography.  I never seem to get the light correct…and, sometimes, I am just not too happy with any of my pictures.  But, I am continuing to get out there with my trusty Nikon D40 and snap away nearly every weekend…I think that I am slowly improving.

For the second half of the year, I will be trying to venture out more to explore the trails in the East Bay and up the San Francisco Peninsula.

I am most appreciative of all of your comments and of the help provided by WordPress and my classmates in the Blogging 201 course.

So, look for a wider variety of hiking posts for the remainder of the year.

As always, if you’re looking for me, I’m Over the Hill.