Nestled between pine-covered hills, golf courses and a glider field, Martis Valley is a wide open space filled with wildflowers, sagebrush and colourful grasses, winding paths and creeks. Perfect for stroll as the warm summer sun goes down and the cool of a mountain dusk settles over the dry high desert landscape. It’s where I often take my evening walk with our two dogs, and sometimes I even remember to bring my camera.
Tall green and yellowed grasses catch the hot end of day sun, with Castle Peak in the distance; Spectacular virga clouds, rain evaporating before it reaches the mountains below.
Far from the ocean, a lone pelican cruises across Martis Creek Lake with a pine forest and sage brush reaching down to the shoreline.
Pine trees and tall green grasses with the last golden light setting behind them; A pebble path winds through the long grass and wildflowers towards the mountains.
Purple wildflowers in the valley and pine trees on the hill, in the golden end of day light; One of my favourite things about the mountains are the layers they create.
Golden sunset light of the sage brush and pine trees of a peaceful Martis Valley.
A close up of yellow flowers, looking exceptionally bright in the cool light of dusk; The pastel sunset colours of sagebrush, wildflowers, and the distant mountains.
Bright yellow wildflowers spread across the valley as the mountains are given a pink tint by the setting sun.
A gnarly old tree catches the golden sunset light with mountains behind; Yellow wildflowers and sage brush at dusk, with the silhouette of pine trees.
Pine covered hills glow golden in the last light of the day; The last remnants of sunset over the mountains with a crescent moon.