Best Photos from our Readers and Staff
December 15, 2014 (Descanso) - “Descanso reader Duncan McFetridge was surprised to find an unusual visitor nestled down in his kitchen during this week’s storm: a spotted skunk, who didn’t mind sharing the space with a couple of housecats, McFetridge adds.
December 8, 2014 (Ramona) -- Kristin Kjaero snapped this pic of holiday ornaments made at a party for wine club members at Hacienda de las Rosa Winery in Ramona on Sunday. She titled her creation, decked out in sunglasses and holiday lighted antlers, "Climate adapted reindeer." Cheers!
December 2,2014 (Mt. Helix) – Leon Thompson caught the moon amid a golden glow in the sky, looking east across El Cajon and the mountains beyond from atop Mt. Helix.
December 3, 2014 (Lakeside) – Photographer Randy Jordan sent in these images, taken at the Bulls Only Rodeo in Lakeside in July. The photos show a kids’ event, “mutton busting,” as well as a rider demonstrating bull riding skills for the press.
November 26, 2014 (El Cajon ) – Photographer Randy Jordan snapped this dramatic image, juxtapositioning a crescent moon as a brilliant backdrop against a U.S. flag and velvet black sky in El Cajon.
By Miriam Raftery
November 13, 2014(Borrego Springs) -- You just never know what you'll see along the highways in East County. Our editor snapped these images at Butterfield Ranch Resort, an RV park and horse camp named for the historic stage coach line that once ran through the area.
The roadside stop has an eclectic collection of statues featuring Western wildlife, as well as an old horse and buggy and other Western memorability, a store and more.
October 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Jimmy Rodriguez snapped this photo of Mark Raftery enjoying the view atop Potato Chip Rock, the “treat” awaiting hikers on the 8-mile round trip trek to one of East County’s most unique landmarks.
October 26, 2016 (El Cajon)--Robert Gehr of El Cajon snapped this photo of a morning glory flower growing on a fence in his neighborhood. He writes, “A glowing beauty befitting its name.”
by Miriam Raftery
October 8, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- Tom Lemon snapped this dazzling shot of this morning's blood moon, an unusual type of eclipse in which the moon appears red or orange. The red color of the moon is caused by a shadow cast by the earth.
If you missed this morning's sighting, two more blood moons will occur next year on April 4 and September 28, 2015. These will be the last of four blood moons occuring over a 16 month interval.
It is rare to have so many total eclipses in a single year, says NASA. In fact you would have to go back 300 years in time before the 20th century to find a similar pattern.
Photos by Tom and Nadin Abbott, Reporting San Diego
Sep. 16, 2014 (San Diego) “El Grito de Dolores” signaled the beginning of the war of independence from Spain by Mexico. Every year in every plaza and government building in Mexico the head of the local government comes out at midnight to recreate the act at the church in Dolores, state of Hidalgo.
September 9, 2014 (Ramona) – Kristin Kjaero shot these photos of fun-loving folks jumping in feet first to enjoy harvest season at Hacienda de las Rosas Winery in East County.
September 3, 2014 (Jacumba) – “It’s impossible to gauge the size of this substation from this photo. It’s huge,” Wayne Brammer writes of the still-under-construction ECO substation project that SDG&E is building in rural Jacumba.
August 30, 2014 (Lakeside) – Leon Thompson shot this tranquil shot of a sunset over the San Vicente Reservoir, with water level higher than in the past due to the largest dam height raising in America.
August 29,2014 (El Cajon) – Maintaining many miles of power lines is a time-consuming task. Robert Gehr documented what’s involved on August 23, when San Diego Gas & Electric technicians replaced an electrical pole and transformer on west Park Avenue in El Cajon with photos and notes below.
August 25, 2014 (Campo)--Campo resident Tee Waidler sent in this photo of her 4 ½ year old daughter, Estrella posing in a red dress and heels back on the 4th of July. Estrella means “star”, and she certainly shines as she shows off her patriotic spirit!
August 23, 2014 (Ocotillo)--Photographer Jim Pelley’s home is now surrounded on three sides by the Ocotillo wind facility built on public lands, despite promises when he purchased his home that the views would be protected forever. He sent in these images to vent his frustration over the despoiled views of nature that drew him to this desert community.
August 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Bird Talk columnist Greg Dunne sent in this spectacular photos, with the following note:
August 10, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Robert Gehr snapped this photo(s) during National Night Out on August 5 at the El Cajon Police Department. “Low civilian turnout was a bit disappointing, yet that meant no crowds,” he writes. “Games for the kids, face painting as well. SWAT display, mini fire truck rides, hot dogs, Sheriff mounted patrol, K-9 and SWAT demonstrations, and lots of camaraderie amongst Police personnel.” This annual event was also free.”
August 7, 2014 (Borrego Springs) – Tom Lemon sent in these photos of a “secret stream”, along with this description:
Hear our interview at the Ramona Fund for Animals Wildlife Center: http://kiwi6.com/file/6sce6l835w
By Miriam Raftery
August 7, 2014 (Ramona) – The Ramona Fund for Animals Wildlife Center is one of only three facilities in San Diego County that rehabilitate injured or ill wildlife for release back into the wild. Currently the Center is nursing back to health two coyote pups found with burned feet during the May wildfires.
The Center, founded by Cleveland Amory, also has some permanent residents that cannot be rereleased, including a hand-raised captive cougar in these photos (shot through the bars of its enclosure). This mountain lion was reported by a local veterinarian after its owner, who purchased it illegally from out of state, brought the cub in for a “well kitten” checkup.
Photo courtesy of Rob Riingen, East County Herald
July 18, 2014 (Lakeside) – Senator Joel Anderson’s office sent in this pic of the Senator presenting a resolution honoring the new Miss Rodeo USA 2014 and former Lakeside Rodeo Queen, Elisa Swenson.
July 6, 2014 (El Cajon) – Randy Jordan snapped this photo of the fireworks final at El Cajon’s 4th of July celebration in Granite Hills/Kennedy Park.
By Miriam Raftery
July 2, 2014 (Mt. Helix) – It was a very important date for guests at the Mad Hatter wine tasting party hosted by vintner Stephanie Young and Laurie Delaney at the Manor Vineyard on Mt. Helix.
Prizes were awarded for best costumes as guests mixed, mingled, munched appetizers and savored vintages brought by guests. Vineyard consultant Greg Maness poured wines and spoke about our region’s fast-growing wine industry at the May 18 event.
June 20, 2014 (Boulevard) – Michele Strand sent in this serene scene of a sunset over rural Boulevard in San Diego’s East County.
June 6, 2014 (Mt. Helix) -- Mark Raftery captured this image of a Cooper's Hawk in flight, soaring high abouve Mt. Helix.
May 16, 2014 (Rancho San Diego) – Valerie Harrison sent in this dramatic image of a pair of firefighters battling an inferno during a house fire in Rancho San Diego on May 14.
May 13, 2014 (Jacumba) – Tanya Wilkins Aiau snapped this image a 4:45 p.m. on May 5th of a brush fire near her Jacumba home--a fire that she reported to 911.
“I was just passing the Golden Acorn on east bound I-8 when I saw smoke. I didn't have any cell phone service and couldn't tell exactly where the fire was from that distance,” she said. “When I rounded the corner by the billboard (advertising the Rio Bend RV park) at the West end of Walker Canyon I could see flames. I used a call box to call in the fire; the first firetruck passed me while I was on the phone."
April 26, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Helix Water District has selected 17 winning entries in its Lake Jennings Month-of-March Photo Contest. Seventy-five submissions competed in two categories, adult and youth, for cash prizes of $100 for first places, $50 for second places and $25 for third places. Honorable mentions receive ribbons and certificates.
April 18, 2014 (San Diego) – Nadin Abbott took this moon shot during the lunar eclipse visible from San Diego this week, as earth’s shadow moved across the face of the moon.
April 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Night sky photographer Dennis Mammana (© Dennis Mammana/dennismammana.com) captured this beautiful image of a rare ‘blood moon” eclipse overnight in the Anza Borrego Desert.