Best Photos from our Readers and Staff

PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: SNOW IN BOULEVARD

 

East County News Service

 

February 8, 2017 (Boulevard) — Peggy Hayden, school office services coordinator at Clover Flat School on Old Highway 80 in Boulevard, send in these winter wonderland photos taken on January 23rd at the school and at Manzanita Dulce Rd, also in Boulevard.

 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: BIRDS OF PREY AT LAKE JENNINGS

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2017 (Lakeside) – It’s February and love is in the air – including at Lake Jennings, where photographer Scott Barnhill photographed a pair of nesting bald eagles.   He also captured dramatic images of other birds of prey in flight, fishing, and hunting, including the osprey catching a fish, shown here.  View more photos below, and see this link for a full gallery of images: 

http://www.csprophoto.com/Nature/Lake-Jennings/

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SO MUCH SNOW!

 

East County News Service

January 27, 2017 (Cuyamaca) – Tom Lemon ventured into the Laguna Mountains today and sent us this beautiful photo of the thick blanket of snow across the area.  “I saw where the plows had moved a lot of snow and today there were three plows working to clear the side of the Sunrise Highway to the edge of the pavement and parking areas at the lodge, visitor center, and the restaurants,” he wrote. “We stopped at Cuyamaca Lake to walk across the causeway and I could not continue because of the 40 MPH wind and spray from whitecaps on the lake.”

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: FALLING BOULDER ON HIGHWAY 76

 

East County News Service

January 23, 2017 (Pala) – “I almost hit this boulder coming home last night from work,” says Tracy Lee Nelson, who reported the obstruction on Highway76 on the La Jolla Indian reservation. “I called 911 and Caltrans showed up and said they can’t move it and ordered the dynamite crew.”

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SNOWMAN ON THE BEAT IN JULIAN!

 

East County News Service

January 22, 2017 (Julian) – As a new storm sweeps into our region, the San Diego Sheriff retweeted this image, along with some winter wit from the Sheriff’s Julian substation: “Extra police presence in SD Mtns during inclement weather, use caution, FYI.”

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: CHRISTMAS ON PALOMAR MOUNTAIN

 

East County News Service

December 26, 2016 (Palomar) – Lori Saldaña originally posted these fairy tale-like Christmas morning images on Facebook, with a message reading, “A very Merry Christmas morning to all. Here is my very So Cal Christmas view: snow on the ridge above, trees all around, sun in the valley below. May you enjoy the day with loved ones doing what brings you joy!”

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: RAINBOW OVER OCOTILLO

 

East County News Service

December 24, 2016 (Ocotillo) – Parke Ewing sent this stunning shot, perfectly composed, of a rainbow arcing above wind turbines in the desert at Ocotillo on Christmas Eve after the storm.

Residents have long complained about the turbines marring desert views.  So when Ewing posted this image on Facebook, it received some equally creative comments.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SCOUTS SHOW PATRIOTISM

 

East County News Service

November 22, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Drum Macomber sent in this photo of Senior Patrol Leader Kyle Jackson and Patrol Leader Alex Horn, Boy Scouts from Troop 362, with the El Cajon Main Street Flag Committee.

"This photo was not staged; it just happened when we decided that we should have the Pledge of Allegiance at the Work Party," Macomber says. "This is a Norman Rockwell Moment if ever."

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SUPER MOON OVER DESCANSO

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (Descanso) — Sharon Penny juxtaposed trees in front of the Super Moon over Descanso Monday night.  She notes, “I didn’t have cool cityscapes”  so opted for a natural setting in the foreground.  The Super Moon was the biggest and brightest moon since 1948, the last time the moon’s orbit brought it this close to Earth.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CIVIC LEADERS PAY HOMAGE TO VETERANS IN EL CAJON

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: (L-R) Hon. Gary Kendrick, Moody RL, BMC, Hon. Bob McClellan, Hon. Susan Davis, Hon. Star Bales, Hon. Tony Ambrose

November 13, 2016 (El Cajon) — Congresswoman Susan Davis joined members of the El Cajon City Council at a ceremony honoring our veterans on Friday in downtown El Cajon. Rep. Davis, who also hosted a town hall meeting for veterans last week, posted on her Facebook page,  “Let us never forget the veterans who dedicated themselves to defending and protecting our freedoms.”

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: A HARD NIGHT FOR HILLARY SUPPORTERS

 

November 10, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- Some dressed in white, paying silient homage to the woman's suffrage movement, as they cast their votes for the first woman president.  But Election Day soon became a nightmare for supporters of Hillary Clinton,  despite weeks of walking precincts and phone-banking voters across the country for their candidate, when news broke of Donald Trump's victory.

Photo, left, by Devorah Fox:  Clinton supporter Debbie Boyd speaks with a local newscaster. (Click "read more" to view more photos.)

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SIGN OF THE TIMES

 

November 5, 2016 (El  Cajon)—Anonymous citizens have added commentary above and below a sign touting three conservative candidates for El Cajon City Council: Paul  Circo,  Star Bales and Bob McClellan. 

New signs cheekily note that these three candidates “did not show for debates,  did not show for a prayer vigil” (in response to a  police shooting), and “can’t spell their own name on their own signs,” a reference to a misspelling in McClellan’s name.

EL CAJON’S HAUNTFEST 2016 SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL

 

(L-R) Lady Molly (Christine Robbins), Councilman (Gary Kendrick), Boo (Crystal Clark), Assassins Creed (Gary Wachtler)

By Jonathan Goetz

October 22, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Hauntfest was a big success again this year with carnival rides, costume contests, games, live music and dancing along Main Street in El Cajon on Friday. Police concerned about marauding bands of Vikings were out in force.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: LOVELY LIONS

 

East County News Service

September 18, 2016 (Palomar Mountain) — Jim Hamerly and Peggy McCauley Hamerly had some unexpected visitors at the home on Palomar Mountain.  They were eating breakfast at 7 a.m. when “these two young mountain lions sauntered by our home and stopped and just looked at us,” Jim posted on Facebook.

LA MESA WINE WORKS GRAND OPENING DRAWS A FULL HOUSE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 7, 2016 (La Mesa)--La Mesa's first cooperative wine-tasting venture is born.

The Barnyard Cassanovas provided lively music from Johnny Cash to rock 'n' roll at the grand opening of La Mesa Wine Works on August 27th. Winemaker Linda McWilliams, sporting a T-shirt reading "Well behaved women rarely make history" and her husband,Mike, chatted with guests about wines offered up from  San Pasqual Winery and Wyatt Oaks  Winery,  both local ventures. 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: FIGHTING THE POINTE VALLEY IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

 

August 17, 2016 (Spring Valley) - Thanks to Kreg Kearly for sending in these dramatic images of the Pointe Fire in Spring Valley taken by his son, Kerouac Geoffroy-Kearley. The brush fire threatened homes and forced evacuations in Spring Valley on Wednesday. 

PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: NATURE SHOWS ITS BEAUTY AT LAKE JENNINGS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 3, 2016 (Lakeside) -- I caught this image of an egret at Lake Jennings, its vertical plumes striking a counterpoint against horizontal lines formed by rippling waters on the lake's glassy surface.

For more LakeJennings photographs, click "read more" and scroll down.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: THE AFTERMATH OF THE BORDER FIRE

 

By Jose A. Alvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

June 27, 2016 (Potrero/Campo) - The Border Fire started Sunday, June 19. Since then, it has burned more than 7,000 acres, destroyed five homes and 11 structures. These images, taken on June 23 in the Potrero and Campo communities, show the aftermath and the efforts taking place to help residents get back to their lives.

 

View the full gallery at http://www.countynewscenter.com/the-aftermath-of-the-border-fire/ and scroll down for highlights.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: VOTING IN LAKESIDE

 

June 9, 2016 (Lakeside) -- Leon Thompson sent in these photos showing a patriotic-minded voter's arrival at a polling place in Lakeside via horse and buggy--a most unusual mode of transportation in our modern era. 

He also snapped a picture showing  a creative way to display the"I voted" sticker after casting ballots in this equestrian-friendly community.

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