Looking north from the top of Stonewall Peak in Rancho Cuyamaca State Park. The photo was taken at sunset and warm red glow covers the land. You can also see a stand of white trees that died in a forest fire.

Warmth | Stonewall Peak, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

I caught the last bit of light on Stonewall Peak.

This weekend I went out to Cuyamaca to hike up Stonewall Peak with a friend. I had been here once before in November but didn't come away with any shots that I liked so I was excited to revisit this spot. We decided to leave a early to give ourselves enough time to explore at the top. I couldn't remember how long the hike took but various guidebooks were suggesting anywhere from 1 hour to 1.5 hours. We motored and it took us only 45 min from the trailhead to the peak marker (including a few minutes looking at a rattlesnake that was just off the trail). However I probably need to do more hikes and get in better shape as it was more tiring than I expected.

At the peak I did quite a bit of exploring and checking out different compositions. I finally decided to shoot from the rocks just before the staircase to the peak marker because that would give me the best view of the stand of white trees at the top. Personally, I think they are stunning although it's sad they are all dead.

About the Prints

Edition of 50. Available in the following sizes:

24 x 30 inches

32 x 40 inches

48 x 60 inches

Medium: Archival pigment print with acrylic facemount


This is a pigment print where the front has been directly mounted with an adhesive to a sheet of ultra clear, scratch resistant, and non-reflective acrylic glass. This process is known as face mounting. The acrylic captures light internally resulting in a display with incredible visual depth and vibrancy. With proper lighting, the acrylic print will appear to be back illuminated with the light emanating from the image itself. The print comes ready to hang with a hidden mount on the back that floats the print off the wall.

Please allow 4-5 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please contact me for international rates.

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