First half of the Rancho Sierra Vista waterfall hike


I was amazed at the beautiful view of the Boney Mountains on the first half of this hike. I love hiking in the Santa Monica mountains on sunny warm perfect California afternoons. I took the first two photos in this set early in the afternoon, on the way down to the waterfall.

Title: Layers of mountains
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


As I started my descent down into the gorge below I took this photo of how empty the mountainside still is from the springs wildfire. The Boney Mountain peak is still a little green, a stark contrast to the dark brown mountainside.

Title: Empty burned mountainside
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I took the last two photos on the way back to the car at the end of my hike. The marine layer was rolling in as the sun set, covering the top of the Boney mountains in thick fog. This view is almost the same as the first photo in this set, yet the late afternoon light and fog created a completely different photo.

Title: Fog covering Boney mountain peak
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I took this last photo at the Satwiwa native American Indian culture center. This Chumash house is beautiful and gives me a good idea of how the Chumash lived in this area hundreds of years ago.

Title: The Chumash house
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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