Best Photos from our Readers and Staff

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CHRISTMAS AT VIEJAS

December 16, 2011 (Alpine) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Viejas Outlet Centers and Viejas Casino. ECM editor Miriam Raftery snapped this shot of holiday lighting at Viejas, where you'll find San Diego's largest outdoor ice skating rink, a holiday fountain light show, national-brand shops and more this holiday season.  

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: AN ILLUMINATING IMAGE HONORING ALPINE’S VETERANS


 
 
 
October 17, 2011 (Alpine) – Rod Hinrichsen snapped this inspiring image at the Alpine Wall of Honor last weekend, when 33 new names of local veterans were added to the monument.

“It shows the reflection of the people that are honoring the reflection of the service that their neighbors gave for this great country, exemplified by a beam of light from God,” observed Hinrichsen, a veteran whose own name is also on the wall. 
 
 
 
 
 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: RARE BIRD SPOTTED IN EAST COUNTY

September 24, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Photographer Greg Turok snapped these images of a Nutmeg Mannakin, or Spice Finch, and its mate in the Mission Trails Regional Park area Sept. 5. 

 

 “This bird is a recent resident to San Diego County,” said Turok, who has had the bird identified by the Ornithology Department at the San Diego Natural History Museum. 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: VIEJAS REMEMBERS 9/11

 
 
September 14, 2011 (Alpine) – Robert Scheid, vice president of community and public relations at the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, has submitted these photos of tribal members participating in a ceremony at the Viejas reservation to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
 
On Sunday, September 11, 2011, a wreath was placed at the Eternal Flame located at the Viejas Outlets in remembrance of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and in honor of the victims of the terrorists attacks, their families and first responders.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: A SIZZLING SUMMER’S NIGHT IN EAST COUNTY

 

August 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – Samantha Bonpensiero photographed the Novamenco concert at the Water Conservation Garden last weekend, capturing the beauty and drama of both music and dance on a sizzling summer’s night in Rancho San Diego.  Novamenco has emerged as one of San Diego’s hottest musical entertainment groups. 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SPLISH-SPLASH, I WAS TAKING A BATH….

July 29, 2011 (Lakeside) –Thanks to Mike and Cathy Sears for sending in this photo of a surprising visitor in the birdbath outside their home on Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside.

 

“It’s one of two red shouldered hawks in the area,” Mike said. “The hawks will even in get in and splash around in the bird bath.”

 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: WILDCAT!

 

July 29, 2011 (Anza Borrego) -- Daren Sefcik captured this rare image of a bobcat peering out of a rocky cave at Potrero Canyon in Anza-Borrego, a remote location accessible only by foot or by horse. 

 

 

"I went out hiking the canyon to try and reach the base of Stephenson Peak," Sefcik said. "About a mile from the base on the mountain, I stopped to eat some lunch and I noticed a black silhouette of what looked like a Batman head in some rocks. With a 300mm zoom on my lens I was able to see a bobcat."

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: WILDFIRE AT JACUMBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 16, 2011 (Jacumba) -- Wayne Brammer captured these two images of a Cal-Fire crew and a San Diego Sheriff's helicopter in action battling a brush fire near Jacumba this week.

 

"With all  the power lines running all over this area, my hat goes off to all of these guys. The smoke and power lines made it tough," he wrote, adding that he was amazed to see a house still standing after this blaze near Old Highway 80.

FAMILY FUN AT SANTEE SALUTES 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

 

Photos by Mark and Miriam Raftery

 
July 6, 2011 (Santee) -- The City of Santee hosted its annual "Santee Salutes" patriotic celebration on July 4th, drawing families from across East County for this major event.

 

Scroll down to view photos of participants enjoying fun in the sun, followed by fireworks in the park after dark.

PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: EAST COUNTY SHOWS ITS PATRIOTIC SPIRIT

June 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – From La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade to the Wings Over Gillespie Air Show in El Cajon, East County displayed its patriotic pride.

 

At left, Dexter Levy drives a vintage auto in La Mesa's Flag Day Parade, heralding in the City's upcoming Centennial year of celebration. Photo by Kristin Kjaero.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: EXPLORING OTAY LAKES


By Miriam Raftery
 

May 21, 2011 (Otay) – Last weekend, I took a drive to explore the southeast section of our readership area. I headed south on Highway 94, then west on Otay Lakes Road, passing a parachute center before meandering among the various lakes that make up this close-to-the-border region. This area has a colorful—if largely forgotten—history.

PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: EAST IN EDEN

 

 

April 18, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- While beach denizens are contending with coastal fog, the sun is shining out here in East County--where it's just another day in paradise this time of year.  

 

We hope you'll enjoy our local photographers' images of springtime in East County!

WE FOUND THE END OF THE RAINBOW IN EAST COUNTY


 

By Miriam Raftery

 

April 13, 2011 – It’s official—the rainbow ends in Jamul!

 

 A spectacular rainbow arched over a field behind Donna Hendrix’s Jamul home after last week’s rainstorm week—putting in a special appearance at a party celebrating Steve Rowe’s promotion from executive director of the East County YMCA to a leadership role in the San Diego YMCA.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 29, 2011

 

 

March 29, 2011 (San Diego's East County)-- Signs of spring abound! 

 

The past couple of weeks, our photographers found no shortage of birds and bees, flowers and trees resplendant in spring foliage.  They also spotted signs of wild life both on the trail and off,  as East County residents heralded in St. Patrick's Day.

 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 9, 2011

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Daren Sefcik

 

March 9, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- You just never know what you might encounter on the trails in East County!  Photographer Daren Sefcek headed out to the Anza-Borrego Desert to take photos of wildflowers in bloom--and captured a close-up of this yellow-backed spiny lizard on the trail. 

Photos of the week Feb. 23, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 23, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- What can be more welcoming than a warm sunny day after the winter rains?  Our readers and photographers have documented the wonders of nature--and human nature, from the sands of Anza-Borrego Desert to the top of Palomar and Laguna Mountains.  We had so many great shots this week, we're posting a bonus edition of our "photos of the week" feature just for your enjoyment!

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