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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Mormon Rocks...

I haven't been able to get out much, due to the rainy weather that we've been experiencing near the Cajon Pass.  So, here is a photo that I shot one year ago, at Mormon Rocks.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Crowder Canyon

Here's some more drone footage from last weekend, in an area that is known as Crowder Canyon.

Imagine coming through this area in a wagon train!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Crowder Canyon - Cajon Pass.

Obviously, this is drone footage.  I went poking around Crowder Canyon yesterday morning, and I re-visited those strange concrete slabs that I've mentioned in previous posts.  More on that later.

Its unknown purpose notwithstanding, one of the pads served as a good launchpad for my DJI Phantom 4.

This video may seem to be erratic- the truth is that I was just fascinated by this part of Crowder Canyon.  It's almost like a little oasis, near the ribbons of concrete and steel that meander through the Cajon Pass.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Beauty in the Cajon Pass...

The Cajon Pass is practically in my back yard.  So, on Easter Sunday, I took a drive up the 15 Freeway, and I exited at Cleghorn Road.  Engaging my four-wheel-drive, I took the dirt trail that parallels the 15 Freeway on the east side of the highway.  The wildflowers were still in bloom, here.
                                               Photo by Scott Schwartz.
                                               All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Three Days In Joshua Tree, Part III...

After breaking camp on Friday, we drove out to the site of the Virginia Dale Mine.  The mine is located well outside the park boundaries, on lands administered by  Bureau Of Land Management.

Although it is not known exactly when mining first started in the general vicinity, the Dale mining district came to life in 1881 after gold was found in the nearby Pinto Mountains.

Mining activity here continued sporadically until the beginning of World War  Two, and today, a few rusting relics maintain a silent vigil over the site.

Rusty remains of tanks, at the mine site.
Photo by Scott Schwartz.
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                                One of the old shaft entrances.  Note the person walking along 
                                ridge.  Prospectors and explorers can still be found here; this gentle-
                                man was not in our party.  Photo by Scott Schwartz.  All rights reserved.

                               The Virginia Dale Mine sits in the heart of the Pinto Mountains.
                               In this view, the drone was facing west, toward Joshua Tree 
                               National Park.  Photo by Scott Schwartz.  All rights reserved.