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The Magic Of The Forest – Idyllwild, California

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A Walk In The Clouds - a thick cloud layer rolls up against the San Jacinto Mountains

Loyal bloggers and faithful followers,

You might remember my post from August 1, 2011, titled My Working Vacation. It describes the wonderfully quirky town of Idyllwild, California. I am again enjoying this place in the mountains for 10 peaceful days. It is rare that I am able to rip myself away from the demands and obligations of city life for such a long stretch of time.

Mother Nature presented three gifts to me yesterday, April 23, 2012, and I will share them with you.

I drove from the ocean, where it was gray and drizzling, to an elevation of 6,500 feet in the San Jacinto mountains. Once I punched through the clouds, the weather was spectacular. Temperatures in the high 70’s, clear, with just a whiff of a stray cloud here and there. I spent the day visiting friends then started back to my cabin in the woods. As I rounded a hairpin turn on Highway 243, a rare vision compelled me to stop and photograph the scene. A cloud bank rolled in below, and stalled as it hit the mountains. It just hovered there, like a white cotton candy carpet. I felt as if I could step off the mountain side and walk on the clouds. A scene to remember.

I teach a landscape and nature workshop in Idyllwild in June. I like to scout out places to take my students. I decided to check out how much water was flowing from my favorite waterfall. The weather was too sunny to get any good shots, but I took my camera anyway. Maybe get some flower photos, I thought. Just as I arrived at the path to the waterfall, Mother Nature smiled on me again. The cloud bank rolled overhead, providing some moody fog and shady weather that is perfect for photographing the waterfall.

Path along the creek to the waterfall

Detail of waterfall


Waterfall in Idyllwild

I spent about 2 hours shooting the forest path, creek, and waterfall. I felt I had some nice shots to put on my website for the workshop. Once I packed up and started the hike back to my car, Mother Nature again showed her kindness by blowing away the cloud bank and returning the sunny, warm weather. I spent the evening enjoying the sounds of woodpeckers and squirrels on my deck in the wilderness.

The magic of this mountain never ceases. Each day is a different gift. These are the presents I treasure more than the kind money buys. I don’t even remember what I got for my birthday last year, but I will remember this day forever.

If you would like to photograph Idyllwild with me, consider taking my workshop on June 2 & 3, 2012.





About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

2 responses »

  1. Wow great shots. The photos of the waterfalls are great and i can tell that you used a longer shutter speed for them. Good post.


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