Stumbling Upon a Great View in San Diego, CA

It’s been a while since my last blog article because I’ve been very busy setting up my fine art photography business in Las Vegas. I’m really looking forward to getting my business going. In the meantime, here’s the story of how I ended up making this photograph of San Diego.

San Diego Dawn
San Diego Dawn

I recently visited San Diego, which I think is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It has a lot to offer photographically, from the ocean and beaches, to the city itself, the surrounding mountains, and much more.

During this visit to San Diego, I had planned out several locations for sunset, but I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go for sunrise the next morning. I was down on the beach that morning and wanted to find a different type of location for the next sunrise. I was driving back to my hotel, when somehow I got onto Route 52 going in the wrong direction. I was headed into La Jolla instead of out towards I-805. I went down into La Jolla and was going to make a U-turn to head back out, but I could not make a U-turn at the light where I was. So I made the left turn intending to turn around as soon as I could.

The road I was on was climbing up a mountain. I decided I might as well go up and see what’s up there. You never know when a high vantage point might offer a great view. I kept going up the mountain, farther and farther up, and finally I saw a sign that said that Mount Soledad Park was ahead. I thought to myself, that sounds promising! So I kept going, and finally turned into the park. I parked in the lot and then walked the rest of the way up the hill, and wow--what a view! Mount Soledad offers nearly a 360 degree view of San Diego. You can see the downtown, the bay, the ocean, distant mountains, and the entire surrounding area.

I had no idea the park was there. I probably saw it on a map at some point, but never really considered going there because I didn’t realize it had these views. So I just kind of stumbled upon it! I knew instantly that this was where I was going to be for the sunrise the next morning.

I’m sure there are many places like Mount Soledad in San Diego that offer a great opportunity for some beautiful photography. I plan to return to San Diego many times to create more great photographs of the city and its environment and surroundings.