This week (plus an extra day) marks the final 8 days of a project I began last year on July 25 (2015). As with so many of the weeks this summer, this one begins in the mountains, this time on the slopes of Mount San Jacinto. I was really hoping for a cloud inversion while up there, but I had no such luck.

During the week I spent most my time working, so those shots are a little lackluster… However, things took a turn for the interesting this weekend when the Sand Fire began a few tens of miles from where I live. It rained ash for a day, but thankfully the winds shifted and I don’t have to worry about breathing the sooty air right now. The final picture, a gorgeous sunset, seems perfectly appropriate to wrap up this project! I’ve enjoyed the pressure to continually take pictures, and I think I’ve really improved a lot, but I’m looking forward to feeling a little less guilt when 10pm rolls around and I haven’t photographed anything. 😀 Thank you all for following along, and don’t go away; I will continue posting interesting pictures and photo blogs of hikes and other miscellaneous adventures. With that, enjoy this week’s photos!

Day 358

Foothills

Foothills
The ever interesting atmospheric haze obscures the foothills of Mount San Jacinto

Day 359

Mount San Jacinto

Mount San Jacinto
Another successful weekend backpacking trip!

Day 360

List

List
Clif bars are expensive…

Day 361

Part of this Complete Breakfast

Part of This Complete Breakfast
Blueberries have been on sale for $1 per package, and I’ve very much enjoyed eating them every morning.

Day 362

Night Light

Night Light
The glass in my bathroom was the most interesting thing I could find after a long day of work. 😛

Day 363

Modern

Modern
I’ve stopped to look at this building on CalTech’s campus before, but it was especially well lit this evening, so I took the shot.

Day 364

Smoky Day

Smoky Day
Smoke from the nearby Sand Fire saturates the sunset with deep reds and oranges.

Day 365

Spectacular

Spectacular
I did not expect this shot to come out so well. Sure, the histogram looked fine, but the image on the back of the camera looked pretty crappy. Turns out the back of the camera doesn’t predict image quality very well, because I didn’t have to make many edits to make this one pop!

That’s All, Folks!

El Fin

¡El Fin!
Laser pointer on the wall; this took several tries to get right.

Andrew Cox