O my gosh, these hills are amazing! These incredible hills are a result of the San Diego wildfires this past fall. The burnt hills around San Diego are very colorful right now, and will probably get better in the days and weeks to come. I was fortunate enough to visit the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve in 2003 which was a peak year – frankly, these are better, partly because of the shear numbers of poppies, but in addition, these hills are much more photogenic full of rocks and other cool subject matter.
I have two people who I owe a big thanks. First is Phillip Colla who tipped me off about this wonderful location. Phil is an outstanding San Diego based photographer, and I really appreciate the tip! Phil’s website is full of wonderful photos.
The second is Wayne Armstrong. Wayne is a retired botany professor from a nearby college who was also enjoying this colorful display and offered to identify any flowers I had questions about. Wayne was very informative, and it sure beat trying to look these up in a book! If you want to learn more about wildflowers, take a look at Wayne’s extremely in depth website.
The extreme depth of field was the result of using a Canon tilt / shift lens.