My photography buddy Tyler called me and said he got the Shutter finger syndrome and asked whether I had any plans or place in mind to do some sunset photography. I was in the midst of planning a hiking trip to Mount Rubidoux the following week and floated the idea. He was like why not today, and so we headed out for that trip.
We reached the foothills of the mountain late in the afternoon and started our hike. It was a short 2.7 miles trail. We reached the summit in about an hour. Well … we were carrying our camera gear and all, so ya we took our time.
The whole hike was beautiful and easy as the entire trail was paved. As we got higher, the view of the entire city of Riverside was in full view. It was beautiful.
When we reached the summit, we explored the huge cross that was placed on top of the hill The cross was dedicated to Father Junípero Serra. Right across from the cross there is a giant American flag. We took some pictures of both and decided to stick around for the sunset by the Peace tower and bridge.
Oh boy! I have never seen a hiking trail this busy. We were trying to get some late evening shots of the Peace Tower and there were hikers crossing our path nonstop and in our composition. I decided to do a long exposure to blur the passersby out. It was slightly windy at the same time too. So I had to work with what is best that I can get out off.
As the sun started going down, the sky started changing color from a nice blue to a slight pinkish tone, and then red. The sky became so red it looks like an apocalypse in the making (in a good way).
I am glad we did the hiking trip as the forecast for the following week was clear skies with no clouds. We chose a good day to do this hike.
More images from this place …