Gary Valle's Photography on the Run
Images taken on trail runs, and other adventures, in the Open Space and Wilderness areas of California, and beyond. All content, including photography, is Copyright © 2006-2014 Gary Valle. All Rights Reserved.
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# Friday, January 23, 2015

Evening Sky

Also from the run yesterday evening.

Friday, January 23, 2015 4:17:41 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #   
# Thursday, January 22, 2015

East Las Virgenes Canyon from Lasky Mesa

East Las Virgenes Canyon from Lasky Mesa. The hilltop in the background is the highest point of Ahmanson Ranch.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 3:42:23 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #   
# Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Greening hills of Ahmanson Ranch

Last year on this date (January 14) Downtown Los Angeles (USC) had recorded just under an inch of rain for the water year beginning July 1. Here's what it was like out at Ahmanson Ranch, near upper Las Virgenes Canyon, on January 14, 2014.

Today's photo was also taken at Ahmanson Ranch, the difference being that this year, as of January 14, Downtown Los Angeles has recorded 5.64 inches of rain since July 1, which is about 98% of normal.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 3:06:23 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #   
# Sunday, January 11, 2015

Salsa fat bike at Lawlor Saddle on the Strawberry Peak Circuit

As I was chugging up the Strawberry Peak Trail toward Lawlor Saddle, I heard Craig say something about a mountain biker. That's no surprise on this trail, but what was surprising was the bike he was riding. When we got to the saddle I asked him about it.

The tires are big, but low pressure, negating the need for suspension. And check out the drivetrain -- one small chainring used in combination with a massive cassette.

The bike looked heavy and I asked the rider how much it weighed. He said, "Pick it up." Wow! I guessed 24-25 lbs and now I'm thinking that may have been too high. Based on what the rider said and what I could find on the web, I think the bike is a custom version of the Salsa Full Carbon Beargrease XX1 and could be under 24 lbs. Insane!

Sunday, January 11, 2015 4:03:21 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #   
# Saturday, January 10, 2015

Craig on the Colby Canyon Trail segment of the circuit around Strawberry Peak.

Did the circuit around Strawberry Peak with Craig this morning. There was a little rain on the last few miles of the run, but the changeable weather just made the run better.

Saturday, January 10, 2015 4:02:56 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #   
# Wednesday, December 31, 2014

View of Blue Canyon from Boney Mountain

The photo above was taken from the edge of the western escarpment of the Boney Mountain massif in the western Santa Monica Mountains. The western side of the mountain is a huge bowl that funnels runoff into Blue Canyon. Blue Canyon can be seen on the left side of the photograph. It is a tributary of Big Sycamore Canyon. More than 60% of the Blue Canyon drainage was burned in the May 2013 Springs Fire.

In the early morning hours of Friday, December 12, 2014, a very strong cold front, enhanced with moisture from an atmospheric river, produced a line of strong storms that produced rain rates in the Springs Fire burn area as high as 2 inches per hour. This resulted in widespread flash floods and debris flows in the burn area, much of which is in Pt. Mugu State Park. Mud and debris flows originating from the burn area inundated homes below Conejo Mountain and closed Pacific Coast Highway.

This slideshow includes photos of the aftermath of the flash floods and debris flows in Blue Canyon, Sycamore Canyon and Upper Sycamore. These were taken on a trail run on December 14, 2014. Also included are some NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard tweets and some additional meteorological images and info.

Note: According to the Pt. Mugu State Park web site, the Park is closed until "at least January 12, 2015."

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 2:22:30 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #   
# Sunday, December 28, 2014

Frank and Lynn on the radar platform at San Vicente Mountain Park.

Frank and Lynn on the radar platform at San Vicente Mountain Park.

This was the easternmost point on a rambling run on dirt Mulholland.

Sunday, December 28, 2014 2:18:33 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #   
# Saturday, December 27, 2014

Runners working their way up Conejo Mountain on the Tour du Conejo Dos Vientos

The first stop on Ann Ongena's excellent end of year "Tour du Conejo Dos Vientos" was Conejo Mountain. In keeping with run's theme, it was a bit breezy on top -- maybe 45-50 mph.

This warm-up (warm up?) was followed by a fun circuit linking trails in the Dos Vientos Open Space trail system.

Saturday, December 27, 2014 2:12:33 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #   
# Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sunrise at the start of this morning's run in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Sunrise at the start of this morning's run in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:02:10 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #   
# Friday, December 19, 2014

Valley oaks and clouds at Ahmanson Ranch.

Valley oaks and clouds at Ahmanson Ranch.

Friday, December 19, 2014 9:57:08 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #   

Mountain bikers at the top of The Beast at Ahmanson Ranch.

Mountain bikers at the top of "The Beast" at Ahmanson Ranch.

Friday, December 19, 2014 9:52:20 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #   
# Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rock formations along the western-most ridge on the north side of Boney Mountain in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Rock formations along the western-most ridge on the north side of Boney Mountain in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 9:45:17 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #   
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