Pushed up and over Boney Mountain’s two thousand foot western escarpment, Pacific winds condense into thick cloud along its jagged crest. At times breaking free of the mountain’s grasp, patches of cloud drift eastward, creating a patchwork of sun and shadow on the steep slopes, and in the valley below.
In the distance, the Ventura Mountains gleam with a mix of snow and cloud, and below the fields of Satwiwa stand out vibrant and green. At my feet hundreds of purple shooting stars dance in the wind; and nearby yesterday’s rain seeps and trickles from moss to lichen on the scraggy volcanic rock.
It is a remarkable morning, and an exceptional one to be doing the Boney Mountain north side loop. Here’s a short HD video of some of the views along the way. (If the video doesn’t play cleanly the first time through because of bandwidth issues, let it finish and then try playing it a second time.)