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.
# Sunday, July 23, 2006

Developing cumulonimbus near Mt. Abel
Developing Cumulonimbus near Mt. Abel

Saturday, Pierce College in Woodland Hills set an all-time record high temperature of 119°F. This was probably the highest temperature ever recorded at an official weather station in Los Angeles County. To escape this oppressive heat, my intent was to get to the highest elevation possible, as early as possible, and stay as cool as possible. Little did I know the harrowing adventure that would result.
Sunday, July 23, 2006 10:08:42 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #   
# Sunday, July 16, 2006

As I turned into the Vincent Gap parking lot and pulled to a stop, a few sprinkles of rain dotted my windshield. Opening the car door, I wanted to close it again. It was 7:30 in the morning and the temperature was already nearing 70 degrees. My plan was to do the Islip Saddle - South Fork - Mt. Baden-Powell loop from the Vincent Gap side. The day was really too warm to be doing this route, but with a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast maybe some clouds would help keep temps in check. I'd run at least to Little Jimmy Spring. If it was too hot, I could always head back.
Sunday, July 16, 2006 2:48:31 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #   
# Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Nine months after the 2005 Topanga Fire, this Valley Oak continues the slow process of recovery.

Nine months after the 2005 Topanga Fire, this Valley Oak in the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve continues the slow process of recovery. The clumps of leaves are the result of epicormic sprouting, where new sprouts grow from dormant buds along the branches, or the trunk, of a tree.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006 3:33:52 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #   
# Monday, July 10, 2006

Lemon Lily (Lilium parryi)

If somehow you were to miss the bright yellow of the Lemon Lily amid the greens of a mountain meadow, its arresting fragrance would certainly draw your attention.
Monday, July 10, 2006 2:05:51 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #   
# Sunday, July 09, 2006


A day that begins on a trail winding its way through manzanita and Jeffery pine is probably going to be a good one. You're in the mountains, and most likely starting a hike, run, climb, or some other adventure. In this case, it was the San Gabriel Mountains, and I was on the Pacific Crest Trail, near the start of a 20 mile run that began at Three Points and would circuit Mt. Waterman.
Sunday, July 09, 2006 3:02:53 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #   
# Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Chalk Liveforever (Dudleya pulverulenta) at Sage Ranch.

A Chalk Liveforever (Dudleya pulverulenta) at Sage Ranch a few weeks after the 2005 Topanga Fire burned through the area. (Photograph from November 24, 2005.)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 1:53:49 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #   
# Sunday, July 02, 2006

Peak 8248, the highest point on Pleasant View Ridge

The photograph is of peak 8248, the highest point on Pleasant View Ridge, viewed from the saddle northwest of the peak. Located in the San Gabriel Mountains, Pleasant View Ridge extends northwest about 8 miles from  Mt. Williamson to the vicinity of Indian Bill Canyon. The section of Pleasant View Ridge between Mt. Williamson and Burkhart Saddle is commonly done as part of a 13 mile loop from Eagles Roost.
Sunday, July 02, 2006 2:45:03 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #   
# Saturday, July 01, 2006

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis) in Cheeseboro Canyon.

In this case, Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis), Scarlet LarkSpur (Delphinium cardinale), and Indian Pink (Silene laciniata) in the Cheeseboro Canyon area of Southern California.
Saturday, July 01, 2006 4:13:48 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #   
# Thursday, June 29, 2006

Simi Valley Happy Face

A crop circle, Simi Valley style, from the Hummingbird Trail.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 12:20:44 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #   
# Monday, June 26, 2006

Plummer's Mariposa Lily (Calochortus plummerae).

When the hills and valleys of Southern California turn golden brown, and temperatures reach into the nineties or beyond, mixed in among the desiccated grasses, enjoying the heat and the sun, may be the delicate pink to purple of a Plummer's Mariposa Lily (Calochortus plummerae).

Previously listed by the California Native Plant Society as being rare, threatened, or endangered, the Plummer's Mariposa is now listed as uncommon and fairly endangered in California.

Note: Plummer's Mariposa Lily (Calochortus plummerae) and Foothill Mariposa Lily (Calochortus weedii var. intermedius) are closely related species that have intersecting ranges and similar characteristics. C. plummerae is more frequently reported in Los Angeles County.

Monday, June 26, 2006 2:19:59 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #   
# Sunday, June 25, 2006

Saddle Peak from BackBone Trail on Bulldog Loop.
Saddle Peak from BackBone Trail on Bulldog Loop

Was up early, hoping to beat the heat and do a local run. It looked as though thick high clouds would keep temps down for a while, so several good runs were a possibility. After some debate, I decided on an out and back run to Saddle Peak.
Sunday, June 25, 2006 10:12:21 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #   
# Friday, June 23, 2006

Humboldt Lily (Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum) in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve.

I had been running for nearly an hour, and the heat was oppressive. Following an unusually cool Spring, it had been tough to adjust to afternoon temperatures of nearly 100 degrees. The refreshing green hills of Spring had turned a golden brown, and the muddy ruts of a Ranger's truck had been baked to the hardness of concrete. In Las Virgenes Canyon there had still been a little water in the creek, and I poured the cooling liquid over my head and down my back.
Friday, June 23, 2006 2:47:27 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #