One location that I’ve been to several times over the past few weeks is the Devil’s Punchbowl over in Pearlblossom, CA. Technically it’s still within Los Angeles County so it doesn’t take too long of a drive to get to. But it’s still remote enough to feel like that you’ve traveled well outside of the city. At least that’s how I feel. Each time I’ve been there, there have been quite a number of hikers there. And considering how easily accessible it is, it’s not surprise that there would be people there to enjoy the scene. It’s quite a beautiful location and it makes for a great day of hiking. But admittedly, at least for the times I’ve been there so far, I haven’t come away with many images that I really enjoyed. Don’t misunderstand, it truly is a beautiful location, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will result in a great photograph. Heck, during one of my visits my battery died while I was on one of the trails and I didn’t bother to go back to the car to get my spare. I just simply enjoyed the hike and breathing in the fresh mountain air.
Finding Interest Along The Trail
During this particular visit, I hiked further into the park along several of the trails. I enjoyed some time by a stream of water, a view on top of some rocks that stared right into the snowy mountains that lay along one side of the area, and of course, enjoyed lots of hiking. I had been there since morning with my good pal, so after sunset and during the blue hour we decided to follow the trail back to the car to go get some food. On the way back once we got up near the entrance to the trail, we looked behind us and noticed the great clouds in the sky. The thing that instantly popped to me were the several colors that painted the view. The blue sky, the light brown of the rock formation and the various foliage colors really begged to be photographed. Especially the red bush in the foreground. So as you can see, I snapped this shot and continued to enjoy the rest of the blue hour. I’ll be spending the next few weeks hitting the road to visit several areas here in California but I won’t be surprised if I end up at the Devil’s Punchbowl again. It really is a great place and makes for a nice and relaxing day away from the city.