According to Flickr, this is my most interesting* photo that isn’t someone in costume at a fan convention. It’s #68 on the list!
The photo was taken December 18, 2008, after a storm passed through Orange County and did something unusual: it blanketed the Santa Ana Mountains with snow. Saddleback typically gets a light dusting a couple of times a year, and the next peak down sometimes gets a little snow that melts by noon, but it’s rare for the snow to reach any lower.
The vantage point is a housing development on Quail Hill, looking southeast over the Irvine Spectrum area. You can see the Great Park Balloon near the left. Saddleback itself is out of frame to the right, but you can see its base (the peaks are covered in clouds) in the panorama I shot at the same time.
*Flickr’s “interestingness” is a measure that combines a count of views, comments, and “favorites.” The exact balance is secret, but from what I can tell, comments outweigh favorites, which outweigh views.
Hangar Sunset III, originally uploaded by Kelson.
Sunset seen through the smoke of the August 2009 Los Angeles-area wildfires. IIRC this was taken from Jamboree Road, between Tustin and Irvine.
La Grande Wheel, originally uploaded by Kelson.
Ferris wheel at night at the 2009 Orange County Fair.
OC Fair from Above at Night, originally uploaded by Kelson.
Looking down at the carnival area of the 2009 Orange County Fair from the top of the Ferris wheel. This was the end of a busy afternoon and evening at the fair that encompassed “Weird Al” Yankovic’s 3-D brain, a concert, and the horrifying realization that at the fair, people will fry anything. Is the world ready for the Zucchini Weenie?
Estancia Park, originally uploaded by Kelson.
Located in Huntington Beach, California.
Santiago Canyon Layers, originally uploaded by Kelson.
Looking roughly north from Santiago Canyon Road, somewhere between Irvine Lake and Silverado Canyon. I think this was near the point where the road passes over the creek.
In the larger image size, you can see that the rock layers in the hill at the center are tilted diagonally.
Modjeska Grade View, originally uploaded by Kelson.
Taken last Saturday afternoon from the summit of Modjeska Grade Road.
Snowy Saddleback from Tustin Hills: January 2010, originally uploaded by Kelson.
Taken last Saturday from Lemon Heights in the foothills above Tustin, overlooking Peters Canyon.
Old Dam and Pond at Santiago Oaks, originally uploaded by Kelson.
Once again, at Santiago Oaks Park.
Dam and Valley at Santiago Oaks, originally uploaded by Kelson.
Looking up the canyon from a hiking trail.