When you find a campground that's well maintained and has easy hiking trails that showcase beautiful sceneries, it's hard to resist going back again and again, and again. This time armed with the WATE, I was determined to rediscover the landscapes and see if I can find different angles to capture its beauty.
Something different about this trip, was taking a few more family members, like my mother-in-law, and niece and nephews. Having new members sharing our camping experience is always a good thing. For the full set of images, please visit my personal gallery [HERE].
Can you even see it? The yellowish/greenish streak, that's the little shooting star I caught last night. There's another streak below it, which I think was a moving plane. Last night's shower was much better than the previous year. We drove to Mt. Baldy to try to avoid the city lights. For about the two hours that we watched, I think most of us saw about 15-20 shooting stars, except for those who were busy eating and talking (you know who you are!) and those who just fell asleep. We ended the night on a high note, after we saw a bright shooting star about 5 times longer than the one I captured here.
For my 41st birthday, I asked my wife that we go camping. Luckily, we were able to find a open spot in Barton Flats Campground in San Bernardino National Forest (Near Big Bear Lake). Strangely enough, we've been camping all around California, and yet, this is the first time we've camped near Big Bear. I guess we always thought of it as a ski resort thing in the winter, but I'm glad we've found more use for it during the summer!
Barton Flats turned out to be a great campground. There are many big trees here to provide good shades and there are nice clean toilets and free showers. The camp host does an excellent job upkeeping the place... each campsite is raked and cleaned before the guests' arrival. We definitely wouldn't mind coming back here again.
Very near the campground, there's very nice short hike (approx. 1 mile) up to Jens Lake. It tooks us about an hour, with plenty of rests, to hike up to the Lake. The stunning view of the lake makes the hike worth it. Some of us went walking around the lake which probably took less than 30 minutes. The water is very clear, but we told to not swim in it because there are lots of fish hooks from people's line getting caught in the algae.
All in all, what a lovely weekend to celebrate my birthday. I found that 16mm is great for taking selfies, so you might see more of me in my own photographs! NOT :) If you would like the see the full set of images from this weekend, [CLICK HERE].
My Journey into Leica...
A path not to be taken lightly, not without reservations, and not without dedication, but the results can be sweet, OH SO SWEET! This is a documentation of my trials and tribulations into the world of Leica Rangefinder Photography, and I hope you'll enjoy coming along with me.