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Autumn scenes, San Jacinto Wildlife Area        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The San Jacinto Wildlife Area is a state-owned parcel of seemingly barren land in the San Jacinto valley of western Riverside County, California.   It hosts a remarkable number of bird species, especially in winter.   Many are attracted to the pond systems, largely created with wastewater from nearby cities.   These scenes show fall-colored willow trees and the snow-capped San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains in the distance; the picture below shows Mt. San Jacinto behind the San Jacinto Valley on a misty winter day.

Other pictures of scenery at the Wildlife Area can be found here.

  • above (both): Canon EOS1v, 70-200 mm f4 lens at about 70 mm; Velvia 100 with polarizer (2003)
  • below: digital capture, Canon 1D Mk. II, 70-200 mm f4 lens at about 70 mm (2005)