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Harmon Harris
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Harmon Harris

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Northeast of Weed, California there is an extensive outdoor sculpture garden dedicated to members of United States military services that served within the Vietnam conflict of days gone by. Worth a visit to see the many dramatic memorial sculptures.
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Harmon Harris

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It has taken me a while to respond to the kind invitation to join this G+ Community. Bear with me and I'll mention why I delayed.

First of all I don't often  photograph landscapes and when I do it is usually a set of frames for a panoramic composite. Also it's hard to match the quality of the landscape photographs I see posted within this G+ Community from the amazing places around our world.

Finally I am quite sure that any landscape photograph means much more to the photographer than it can ever mean to any viewer. To make my point I've posted this shot that I took while hiking in local mountains on a cold, rainy day of wind gusts ranging in the forty to fifty mile-per-hour range.

When I view this shot it is the carpet of pine needles along that damp and lonely road that brings back the uncommon experience I had being battered by the sound and fury of pelting rain and buffeting gusts of mountain wind. 

To any other viewer this is surely an ordinary photograph but to me it holds a treasure of memories of that fabulous hike along the trails and access roads that circle about Los Vaqueros Horse Camp of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in San Diego County, California.

Had you spent that wild, windy day with me I'm sure that you would treasure this photo as I do. It might be rewarding to keep in mind that there's a similar personal story that could be told about every shot taken by the landscape photographers that exhibit on this wonderful G+ Community. For my part I promise to keep that thought in mind when viewing the offerings found here.
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Aw shucks +Sarah Jane, your praise makes me feel giddy. At nine and seventy years I've never felt giddy before; I think I like it.
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Harmon Harris

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Wild Morning Glory along the Iron Mountain trail system of San Diego County.
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While hiking one day within the rugged Horsethief Canyon region of eastern San Diego County I was greeted by the buzzing sound of a Southern Pacific Diamondback Rattlesnake. I saw the snake  stretched out full length along a trail-side bank three of four foot from me. 

By the time I reached for and armed my camera the snake had advanced into and coiled up within a small bush about three feet above the trail. Took some time to tease it out of the bush with a few tiny pebbles.

Let me explain my calm behavior, I was born and raised through my barefoot years in west Texas where by comparison the snakes make this one look like fishing bait.

At length this snake slithered right down to the edge of the trail, coiled into this fabulous pose, and shook it's little maraca at me as fair warning that it wanted no trouble while I looked after my photo shoot from five or six feet away.

As a photographer it was a magic moment that brought together an interesting subject, proper lighting, a story told, and rule of thirds composition. The snake and I parted amicably once I cased my camera and stepped back some ten feet. Parting was sweet sorry knowing how hard it is to find willing and able photographic models within the rugged depths of Horsethief Canyon.
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Bravo, for sharing the excitement! 
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+Rosalee Limb, you judged me quite right about my lifelong interest in nature and nature photography. Partly due to my Scottish heritage and partly due to the being moved as a child from arid west Texas to the rain forest of Washington State. Not long past my wife and I spent a week traveling through and being enchanted by the Scottish Highlands.

I suspect that you have viewed my G+ photo galleries.

I hike the mountain trails of California as often as possible and always with my camera riding along on my belt. I'll be selective about posting the best of my image gallery.

THank you for the invitation.
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Family reunions: Composited siblings and cousins.
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Harmon Harris

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What serves as a harsh winter in San Diego County, a smattering of snow along the trail toward Cuyamaca Peak. Cuyamaca Peak, by the way, is the second highest peak of San Diego County at 6,512 feet.

Stop laughing if you please.

The interesting point about hiking a mountain in San Diego County is that one most always starts from near sea-level and so ascends the entire height of a mountain during any such outing.

On the other hand this photo serves as a perfect illustration of what solo hiking is like. At this point I had stopped to look back and discovered that I was following myself.
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Harmon Harris

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During October of 2003 San Diego County was ravaged by the Cedar Fire. The fire was started by a guy that had driven into the Cuyamaca Mountains and eventually felt that he was lost, so he started what he claimed was a "signal" fire. Result was the loss of homes, forests, and wildlife throughout the entire county.

I've driven every country road and I've hiked most all of the remote trails of San Diego County and I can say that it would take an expert at getting lost to become lost in an area filled with interconnected country roads and trails. 

This photo is a three-frame vertical panorama of what once was a fabulous tree along Cold Spring Trail of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Puts me in mind of a hanging-tree suited for guys that play with matches when dry autumn winds sweep through the back country of San Diego County.
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+Yvonne Charlton, unfortunately the grand old forests of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park will never recover because the entire area is being overgrown by invasive Ceanothus thickets. The inmates of La Cima Conservation Camp are hard pressed to keep the network of hiking trails from being engulfed by Ceanothus that grows eight or nine feet high throughout the park. Efforts to clear Ceanothus thickets and replant forest seedlings is a hopeless cause because Ceanothus cut back to ground level quickly springs back from root systems and smothers wee little tree seedlings.

On the other hand the ghost forests of the State Park are interesting to see and photograph. 

By the way, thank you for posting a written comment. Commentary is so very much more engaging than +1 entries. I'm new to this G+ Community and feel a bit out of place with my verbose posts.
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One more look at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, a few of the abundant Tree Creepies found on dead and weathered oak trees destroyed by the raging Cedar Fire of October 2003 that destroyed so much of the forests of San Diego County. One fool with a single match. The Picasso Tree Creepies are my favorite.

You are never alone in the forest, Tree Creepies are watching you!
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Technically not a photo of wildlife but perhaps viewers will forgive me.

During my frequent hikes along the remote trails of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in San Diego County there are fresh Mountain Lion tracks to be seen; especially after a rain. The Mountain Lions prey on the deer herds of the park.

To answer your likely question I include photos of the Iris M. Kenna Memorial Bench and Memorial Plaque that is situated near the site of the attack that took the life of a lovely lady of the Cuyamaca trails.

For your interest know that a Mountain Lion usually attacks quietly from behind and grabs prey by the scalp, suddenly and effectively.

Only once in many years of outings along these trails have I felt a serious personal concern about a Mountain Lion attack, hearing what seemed to be a low, throaty growl from a thicket very near me. Turned out to be an idling truck that a ranger revved while parked on an adjacent trail.

For your information ranger-trucks usually attack from the front and don't grab you by the scalp; rather, they squash you head on. Which would be worse I can't say though a Mountain Lion back-story would certainly enhance a eulogy.
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Born in a deal-board shack beside a railroad track in west Texas. Didn't have an registered name until age eighteen. Attended forty-eight schools through high school due to constant moving around. Was sent away to jobs for summers starting at age thirteen. Had a commision in U.S. Army at age sixteen. Sunk at sea at age fourteen as a crewman on a tuna boat, hit with tsunami on another tuna boat at age fifteen.
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