August 1, 2017

Video: Grays Peak and Hanna Rocks at sunset (Big Bear Lake, California)

Just a quick video of my hike up Gray’s Peak at sunset. I was slightly late and didn’t make it to the top at the time I expected, but I did unexpectedly see the sunset from a location about 20 minutes or so from the end of the hike. I decided to be adaptable and setup right down there!

I ended up shooting the Hanna Rocks with the sunset in the background, making for a decent foreground plus background combination!

Hanna Rocks at sunset: wide shot (Big Bear Lake, California)
Hanna Rocks at sunset: wide shot (Big Bear Lake, California)
Hanna Rocks at sunset: zoomed-in shot (Big Bear Lake, California)
Hanna Rocks at sunset: zoomed-in shot (Big Bear Lake, California)
Hanna Rocks silhouette at sunset (Big Bear Lake, California)
Hanna Rocks silhouette at sunset (Big Bear Lake, California)

After the light from the sunset died out a bit, I hiked to the top and got an ok shot of the North Shore area of Big Bear at magic hour:

North Shore of Big Bear Lake at magic hour (note the solar observatory and the airport landind strip)
North Shore of Big Bear Lake at magic hour (note the solar observatory and the airport landind strip)

It was a big creepy heading back! I put on my headlamp and immediately saw some yellow eyes staring back at me about fifty feet away. I saw a black bear the last time I was up here, so I was a little freaked out. Interesting how much you can guess from the personality of the animal though. Those yellow eyes were curious, but didn’t like having a light blasted into its face - so it turned its head most of the time. Occassionally it snuck a few peeks back at me before I was ready to head back down.

Down the mountain I saw what looked almost like two floating fireflies in the night. The only problem: we don’t really have fireflies in California (we do in some rare places if you know where to look, but not here in the desert). I’m not sure, but I think it may have been one of the two deer I saw on the way up.

Nothing much more eventful on the hike down except seeing a few scorpions right in the path! I suspect I was more of a danger to them.. they seemed pretty mellow.

I did snap a quick photo with my cellphone:

Scorpion at night on the Gray's Peak Trail in Big Bear Lake, California
Scorpion at night on the Gray's Peak Trail in Big Bear Lake, California

© David Calhoun 2017