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Murrieta Current and Past Featured Photos

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Lightning Storm Lightning Storm: Tendrils of lightning glow red over Murrieta, as seen from La Cresta. Photo courtesy of Terry Krimsky.
Field in Bloom Field in Bloom: A field of flowers in bloom in west Murrieta, despite the lack of rainfall this year. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Fog Layer Fog Layer: A thin layer of fog in the La Cresta area. Photo courtesy of Terry Krimsky.
Mesa View Mesa View: A view of La Cresta and Tenaja, with Mt. San Jacinto in the background, from Redonda Mesa. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Planes at Sunrise Planes at Sunrise: The sun rises over French Valley Airport. Photo courtesy of Ken Hannan.
Christmas Sunset Christmas Sunset: A colorful winter sunset, looking west towards the Santa Rosa Plateau. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Weather Front Weather Front: Storm clouds move south into Wildomar and Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Gary Mineo.
Lightning Strike Lightning Strike: A bolt zigzags to the ground during a summer thunderstorm. Photo courtesy of Shane Gibson.
Sunrise Moon Sunrise Moon: A crescent moon rises ahead of the sun in this photo from La Cresta. Photo courtesy of Terry Krimsky.
Foothill Fog Foothill Fog: The morning ground fog looks almost like smoke along Murrieta's west foothills. Photo courtesy of Moses de los Santos.
Solar Eclipse Solar Eclipse: A rare annular eclipse above Southern California. Photo courtesy of Dan Mueller.
Super Moon Super Moon: The bigger than normal full moon dominates the sky over Murrieta Hot Springs. Photo courtesy of Tom Shields.
Plum Tree Blooms Plum Tree Blooms: A purple plum flowers adorn this tree in Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Audrey Humaciu.
Morning at the Park Morning at the Park: The sun shines through a shade on a cool morning at a local park. Photo courtesy of Mary Schumacher.
Moon Ring Moon Ring: This moon halo, on a clear, cool night, is made possible by ice crystals in the air above. Photo courtesy of Kylie Giffin.
Above the Clouds Above the Clouds: A training flight from the French Valley Airport leads to this spectacular view. Photo courtesy of Kylie Giffin.
New Year's Eve New Year's Eve: Lights and high clouds mark the last few hours of 2011 in Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Keith Schumacher.
Green Dragonfly Green Dragonfly: A dragonfly comtemplates a meal on a fiddle leaf fig. Photo courtesy of Marianne Gunther.
Santa Margaritas Santa Margaritas: A view of the Santa Margarita Mountain range, and Margarita Peak. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean: The ocean glistens in the background in this photo from Redondo Mesa, in the Tenaja area. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Ocean View Ocean View: Across Camp Pendleton, the Pacific Ocean looms in the distance, as seen from the Tenaja area. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Lunar Eclipse Lunar Eclipse: An early morning view of the December, 2011 lunar eclipse. Photo courtesy of Brad Tade.
Moon Ring Moon Ring: Overcast skies create a ring of light around the moon in this time-lapse picture. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Sundown Sundown: Sun rays stream from billowing clouds. Photo courtesy of Marianne Gunther.
Local Thunderstorm Local Thunderstorm: A thunderhead dropping some rain in Murrieta in this time-lapse scene. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Hanging Out Hanging Out: A frog settles in on the leaves of a tomato plant. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
August Fire August Fire: A fire bomber drops retardant on one of this year's few local grass fires. Photo courtesy of David Zamastil.
Milky Way Milky Way: A view of the clear night sky from the Murrieta side of the French Valley area. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
August Lightning August Lightning: A bolt of lightning hits the ground somewhere in the Anza area, as seen from Sage. Photo courtesy of Duncan Shand.
Fire Rainbow Fire Rainbow: A cirrus cloud fire rainbow (circumhorizantal arc) in the sky over Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Jim Lockyer.
August Skies August Skies: A mixture of cirrocumulus and altocumulus clouds flows across the Murrieta sky. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Freeway Lights Freeway Lights: A time-lapse image of cars on Interstate 215, from the Scott Road exit. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Cloud Buildup Cloud Buildup: Subtropical moisture is responsible for this thunderhead rising to the east. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Treatment Pools Treatment Pools: A couple of treatment pools are the dominant feature from atop the west hills, looking across parts of Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Taste of the Valley Taste of the Valley: A booth at Murrieta's Taste of the Valley event, featuring samplings of local restaurants. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Mustard Flowers Mustard Flowers: Yellow flowers from this common roadside weed reach for the sky near Murrieta Mesa High School. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Snow Dusting Snow Dusting: Elsinore Peak, above Wildomar, with a light covering of the white stuff. Photo courtesy of Jim Lockyer.
South Mountains South Mountains: The Palomar Mountain range pokes up on the horizon, as seen from the Santa Rosa Ecological Plateau's vernal pools. Photo courtesy of Jim Lockyer.
Plateau Clouds Plateau Clouds: Clouds drift through the sky, casting shadows upon the Santa Rosa Plateau. Photo courtesy of Jim Lockyer.
Cloud Ring Cloud Ring: Winds shape a cloud in the form of a ring in this picture, taken near the French Valley airport. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Cattle Grazing Cattle Grazing: With the San Jacinto Mountains as backdrop, cattle lazily graze at the vernal pools at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Photo courtesy of Jim Lockyer.
Rubber Blossoms Rubber Blossoms: Backyard Jade plants go into bloom. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Rain Aftermath Rain Aftermath: Flooded vernal pools at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Vernal Pools Trail Vernal Pools Trail: A peek at the peaks of the San Bernardino mountains from the vernal pools trail at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Photo courtesy of Jim Lockyer.
Cloudy Skies Ahead Cloudy Skies Ahead: Storm clouds loom above the Santa Rosa Plateau. Photo courtesy of Jim Lockyer.
End to End End to End: A complete rainbow begins and ends in Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Eric Childress.
Flooded Out Flooded Out: Part of Kalmia Street is flooded out and blocked off after the recent massive storm. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Full Creek Full Creek: Runoff flows down Murrieta Creek at the B Street Bridge near Historic Downtown Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Sunset Front Sunset Front: Clouds move in at sunset, as seen from western Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Kylie Griffin.
Crows and Contrails Crows and Contrails: Crows making their sunset move to the common roost at the Murietta Retention Basin. Photo courtesy of Jim Lockyer.
Santa's Helpers Santa's Helpers: Santa and two of his helpers arrive in Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
California Oak California Oak: An oak tree stands alone in the Santa Rosa Ecological Plateau Reserve. Photo courtesy of Moses de los Santos.
Darkening Sky Darkening Sky: Foreboding clouds darken the sky above the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Photo courtesy of Moses de los Santos.
Veteran's Day Veteran's Day: A display of flags at the Murrieta Town Square, near the civic center. Photo courtesy of Moses de los Santos.
Boardwalk Boardwalk: A view of the path at the northern vernal pools at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Photo courtesy of Moses de los Santos.
Rocket Launch Rocket Launch: A multi-exposure capture of a Delta II rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Photo courtesy of Jim Lockyer.
Flying Proudly Flying Proudly: Hundreds of American flags arrayed in rows at the Murrieta Town Center Park. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Eastern Light Eastern Light: The light of dawn illuminates clouds in the Murrieta sky. Photo courtesy of Joe Sulak.
Morning Sun Morning Sun: The sun begins its daily rise over the mountains to the east. Photo courtesy of Moses de los Santos.
Lightning Storm Lightning Storm: Lightning fragments and strikes near Lake Skinner, as seen from French Valley. Photo courtesy of Daniel Brincat.
Summer Fire Summer Fire: A fire breaks out in the western foothills - a harbinger for this fall? Photo courtesy of Keith Schumacher.
Juxtaposition Juxtaposition: Just offset from a rainbow, a bolt of lightning reaches down from the Temecula Valley sky. Photo courtesy of Elaine O'Neil.
Sky Stretch Sky Stretch: Parched weeds reach for the autumn sky in Glen Arbor Park in Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Evening Storm Evening Storm: An evening storm brews at sunset, above Murrieta Mesa High School. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Through Palms and Cypress Through Palms and Cypress: A late season afternoon thunderhead builds in the distance, viewed though Italian Cypress and Palms. Photo courtesy of Crysania Bogedahl.
Scattered Clouds Scattered Clouds: At sunrise in this Murrieta neighborhood, a set of clouds sails overhead. Photo courtesy of Scott Chester.
Sunrise Sky Sunrise Sky: An array of clouds greets the morning sun. Photo courtesy of Moses de los Santos.
Sunset Aftermath Sunset Aftermath: The fiery aftermath of a day of subtropical thunderstorms. Photo courtesy of Tom Shields.
Sunset Storm Sunset Storm: A dazzling array of thunderstorm clouds continued to send rain threaten rain and lightning at sunset. Photo courtesy of Moses de los Santos.
Beautiful Sunrise Beautiful Sunrise: Red rays herald the rising run over the San Jacinto mountains. Photo courtesy of Linda Carroll.
Blending In Blending In: A small, young praying mantis poses on a sweet basil leaf. Photo courtesy of Sue Wilhelm.
Fried Egg Poppy Fried Egg Poppy: The first large bloom of this plant seeks sun in a Murrieta garden. Photo courtesy of Bert Baluyut.
Flower Art Flower Art: One flower stands out in this artistically altered photo from a Murrieta front yard. Photo courtesy of Kassidy Preisendanz.
Iceplant Iceplant: Blooms face the sky in Glen Arbor Park, near Jackson and Nutmeg. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Western Ridge Western Ridge: The ridge of the Santa Rosa plateau can be seen over a hill in eastern Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Sun Soaking Sun Soaking: Backyard grape leaves in the California Oaks area soak up morning sun. Photo courtesy of Kassidy Preisendanz.
Raindrop Raindrop: Taking a break from the day's rain, a flower bends to yield a drop. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Sunset Shine Sunset Shine: Sunset colors shine on the clouds above. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
January Sunset January Sunset: The second sunset of the New Year, captured from northern Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Joseph Sulak.
Evening Colors Evening Colors: The light of the evening glows softly off of distant clouds. Photo courtesy of Reginald Stanley.
Morning Fog Morning Fog: A layer of fog coats lower Murrieta, looking west from the Mapleton area. Photo courtesy of Carol Sulak.
Firefighting Huey Firefighting Huey: A helicopter pilot from San Diego assists in the containment effort of the La Cresta fire. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Rising Smoke Rising Smoke: A trail of smoke rises from the La Cresta fire above the Bear Creek development in northwest Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Hose Down Hose Down: Kids enjoy a 'hosedown' from our local firefighters at Murrieta's 18th Birthday Bash 2009. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Baby Bird Baby Bird: A little birdy pokes his head out of a nest under an overhang. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Cloudy Evening Cloudy Evening: Clouds abound above the city after sunset. Photo courtesy of Joe Sulak.
Marble Sized Hail Marble-sized Hail: Evidence of hail after a June thunderstorm cut loose. Photo courtesy of Heather Dailey.
Cloud Wave Cloud Wave: The underside of a rare June thunderstorm looks like rough seas. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Sunny Pair Sunny Pair: A pair of Suncups blooming in Cole Canyon signal the end of winter. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Ribeting Swim Ribeting Swim: A frog makes its way across a vernal pool at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Photo courtesy of Siriwam Walsh.
Spring Blossoms Spring Blossoms: A bee enjoys pear blossoms in a Murrieta front yard. Photo courtesy of Lisa Amstutz.
Tree Climb Tree Climb: Clouds at sunset viewed from atop a neighborhood tree. Photo courtesy of Heather Dailey.
Peach Blossom Peach Blossom: Flowers bloom ahead of a fruitful season. Photo courtesy of Heather Dailey.
Nesting Hummingbird Nesting Hummingbird: A hummingbird peers out of a tiny nest in the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Carr.
Four Leaves Four Leaves: A montage of autumn leaves from a Murrieta backyard. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Irridescent Clouds Irridescent Clouds: A glowing afternoon sky from Cole Canyon at the Santa Rosa Ecological Reserve. Photo courtesy of John Garrett.
Sunset Scatter Sunset Scatter: Illuminated clouds are scattered across the sky at sunset. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Solie.
Setting Sun Setting Sun: Rays of light color the clouds and summer sky in the evening hours. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Solie.
Sunrise Sprinklers Sunrise Sprinklers: Sprinklers work diligently at dawn at the sports park. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Sunrise Silhouette Sunrise Silhouette: Flowers wake up with the sun in Murrieta, near Vista Murrieta High School. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Summer Blossoms Summer Blossoms: Early morning light illuminates these flowers near Vista Murrieta High School. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Dry Spigot Dry Spigot: An old faucet outside the remains of an old school in Historic Downtown Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Garden Nap Garden Nap: A lazy summer day for "betsy-boo" the cat in a backyard garden. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Happy Birthday Happy Birthday: Pre-Independence Day fireworks mark the City of Murrieta's birthday. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Solie.
Dragonfly Dragonfly: A blue dragonfly basks in the mid-day sun above a Murrieta pond. Photo courtesy of Dan Mueller.
What Buzz What Buzz: A honeybee harvests pollen from a brightly colored flower. Photo courtesy of Dan Mueller.
Spring Babies Spring Babies: Young hummingbirds wait open-mouthed for a meal. Photo courtesy of Dan Mueller.
Falling Hail Falling Hail: The height of a hail storm in French Valley, with pea-sized hail bouncing off the pavement. Photo courtesy of Dan Mueller.
Lady Bugs Lady Bugs: A few of hundreds of Ladybug beetles on a backyard tree in Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Donal Pearce.
Spring Arrives Spring Arrives: Trees and green grass greet the change of seasons at Nutmeg Park in Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Joel Pratt.
Spring Meadow Spring Meadow: A windmill and water tank situated in a green meadow north of French Valley, with golden poppies filling the hills. Photo courtesy of Mick Herod.
Flowering Tree Flowering Tree: A close-up of spring flowers on a brown dogwood tree. Photo courtesy of Keith Schumacher.
Hillside Gazanias Hillside Gazanias: A multi-colored smattering of gazanias fills a Murrieta hillside. Photo courtesy of John Lenz.
Lone Dandelion Lone Dandelion: A dandelion clock on a grassy field, ready to make a wish. Photo courtesy of Ariel Starkweather.
Blooming Crocus Blooming Crocus: A purple crocus brightens a front yard garden in Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Bert Baluyut.
Road Wildflowers Road Wildflowers: Golden poppies and assorted wildflowers along Mesa Road, east of Temecula and Murrieta and south of Hemet. Photo courtesy of Ron Murray.
Pink Ground Pink Ground: Ground Pinks blanket the side of the Los Santos trail at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Purple Rain Purple Rain: Raindrops accessorize a purple flower in a Murrieta backyard. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Cloud Peek Cloud Peek: Blue sky is visible through a multi-layered cloud break. Photo courtesy of John Lenz.
Lunar Eclipse Lunar Eclipse: After February 20th, the next total lunar elipse won't occur until 2010. Photo courtesy of Tim Wood.
Eastern Snow Eastern Snow: Mid-afternoon Valentine's Day snowfall at an Aguanga RV resort, east of Temecula and Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Nancy Maisenbach.
Snowy Mountain Snowy Mountain: A Valentine's Day view of Agua Tibia to the south. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Seasonal Pond Seasonal Pond: A trio of ducks make use of a seasonal pond. Photo courtesy of John Lenz.
Running Stream Running Stream: A seasonal stream near Las Brisas full of runoff from recent rains. Photo courtesy of John Lenz.
Clouds Over Murrieta Clouds Over Murrieta: Layers of storm clouds flow over the Murrieta sky. Photo courtesy of John Lenz.
Monster Mushroom Monster Mushroom: A 10" tall mushroom sucks up all the recent rainfall near the base of Wiashal Trail. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Carr.
Stormy Night Stormy Night: The moon glows behind passing storm clouds. Photo courtesy of Chris Groll.
Front Yard Flowers Front Yard Flowers: Spied on a January stroll, colorful flowers mark a Murrieta front yard. Photo courtesy of Chris Groll.
Backyard Begonia Backyard Begonia: Raindrops cover begonias after showers fell on a Wildomar backyard. Photo courtesy of John Gonzalez.
After-storm Sunset After-storm Sunset: Fading light illuminates a cloud formation after recent rains. Photo courtesy of John Gonzalez.
Western Clouds Western Clouds: A bright sunset over the Santa Rosa Plateau, as seen from Historic Downtown Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Bob Hagel.
Crimson Sunset Crimson Sunset: A brilliant, fire-induced sunset seen through tree leaves. Photo courtesy of Michelle McWilliams.
Autumn Dewdrops Autumn Dewdrops: A leaf wears dewdrops from the early morning sprinklers. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Poomacha Fire Poomacha Fire: Ominous nighttime flames rise from a flank of Auga Tibia, as seen from the Temecula Valley. Photo courtesy of Douglas Leany.
Rosa Fire Rosa Fire: Flames from the Rosa Fire in De Luz, as seen from Temecula cresting one of the western hills of the Temecula Valley. Photo courtesy of Douglas Leany.
From Space From Space: Smoke winds across the Pacific Ocean in this view of the Southern California wildfires from space. Photo courtesy of NASA/U.S. Forest Service.
CDF Huey CDF Huey: A California Department of Forestry Huey helicopter shuttles water to drop on a Menifee Valley brushfire. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Sky Crane Sky Crane: Fitted with water tank, a sky crane helicopter makes the transit between Northwest Murrieta and a brushfire in the Menifee Valley. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Sky Pancakes Sky Pancakes: Looking east to the San Jacinto mountains, a couple of clouds seem like pancakes in the sky. Photo courtesy of Ed Daniels.
Nearby Shower Nearby Shower: Early September rain hit some spots and not others, as illustrated this burst over Wildomar. Photo courtesy of Keith Schumacher.
Yellow Butterfly Yellow Butterfly: A butterfly flits around the flowers in a Murrieta backyard. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Marshmallow Clouds Marshmallow Clouds: Big, billowing thunderclouds off to the east, framed by trees. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Campground Storm Campground Storm: An afternoon thunderstorm prepares to dump rain on a bunch of campers at Lake Skinner. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Sunrise in America Sunrise in America: An American flag greets the Murrieta sunrise. Photo courtesy of Tom Shields.
Young Trio Young Trio: Three juvenile Black Phoebes rest in a backyard in Northwest Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Cilantro Blossom Cilantro Blossom: White blossoms on Cilantro plants growing in a backyard garden. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Backyard Beauty Backyard Beauty: Flowers reach for the sun in this Murrieta yard. Photo courtesy of Alora Formoe.
Apple Blossoms Apple Blossoms: A sign of some fruit on the way this summer in a Murrieta backyard. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Fire Engines Fire Engines: A trio of fire engines that responded to a brush fire near Bear Creek. Photo courtesy of Carl Bratschko.
Creek Blaze Creek Blaze: A fire consumes the brush at the old Bear Creek Airport in Murrieta Creek in Northwest Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Hanging On Hanging On: A little lizard hangs onto a rope above a Murrieta backyard pool. Photo courtesy of Matt and Tanya Gillick.
Fence Sentinel Fence Sentinel: A lizard catches some rays atop a Murrieta fence. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Baby Bunny Baby Bunny: This wild rabbit doesn't venture too far from the protection of the bushes in a Murrieta backyard. Photo courtesy of Sandy Wood.
Young Bobcat Young Bobcat: A young bobcat takes a break from hunting coot at the Bear Creek Golf Course. Photo courtesy of Gary P. Mineo.
Fiery Sky Fiery Sky: Early morning colors over the Temecula Valley, taken from Bear Creek in Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Gary P. Mineo.
Rainbow Pyramid Rainbow Pyramid: A rainbow appears to create a pyramid in the sky among some low clouds. Photo courtesy of Linda Carroll.
Wildflower Bloom Wildflower Bloom: An irrigation-assisted Arroyo Lupine wildflower blooms in a Murrieta front yard. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
New Year Deer New Year Deer: A mule deer wanders about the Santa Rosa Plateau on New Year's Day. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Last of 2006 Last of 2006: The final sunset of the year in Murrieta, over the western hills. Photo courtesy of Keith Schumacher.
Thanksgiving Clouds Thanksgiving Clouds: Clouds float above the Santa Rosa Plateau. Photo courtesy of Angela Gimov.
Radiant Sunrise Radiant Sunrise: Rays of sun pass between the clouds near Clinton Keith Road and I215. Photo courtesy of Athena Stafford.
October Sunrise October Sunrise: The rising sun illuminates cloud formations on their way over Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Tom Woods.
Fall Sunrise Fall Sunrise: A spectacular sunrise viewed from Northwest Murrieta greets the first day of October. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Storm Front Storm Front: Blowing dust is the vanguard of a severe storm, as seen from the Bear Creek area. Photo courtesy of Linda Carroll.
Sunrise Contrails Sunrise Contrails: Aircraft contrails criss-cross cloud formations at sunrise over Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Ashley Carr.
Dinner Time Dinner Time: Two roadrunners look for their next meal above the Bear Creek golf course. Photo courtesy of Gary P. Mineo.
Summer Bloom Summer Bloom: A colorful Zinnia doesn't seem bothered by a hot summer day. Photo courtesy of Jeff Carr.
Mountain Sunrise Mountain Sunrise: The sun peeks out from Mt. San Jacinto, as clouds flow westward. Photo courtesy of Jeff Carr.
Incoming Storm Incoming Storm: Clouds overhead as thunderstorms hit the valley. Photo courtesy of Mark Ritter.
Backyard Bloom Backyard Bloom: A flower shows pink colors during a summer bloom. Photo courtesy of Kristin Daniels.
Trumpet Vine Trumpet Vine: An inquisitive wasp hovers over a blooming trumpet vine. Photo courtesy of Charles Rasmussen.
Old Timer Old Timer: This modified Ford Model T Lakester brightened up the Father's Day Car Show at the Sports Park. Photo courtesy of Dave Norton.
Winged Hunter Winged Hunter: The uncommon and unique-looking Phainopepla hunts in Cole Canyon, in northwest Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Southern Sky Southern Sky: A partly cloudy morning above the Temecula Valley, looking south from Bear Creek. Photo courtesy of Gary Mineo.
Misty Oaks Misty Oaks: A heavy marine layer descends on the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve among the Englemann and Coast Live Oak trees. Photo courtesy of Guy Bruyea.
Baby Hawks Baby Hawks: Baby red-tailed hawks wait for a parent to return with food in their nest at the Santa Rosa Plateau. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Spreading Wings Spreading Wings: A butterfly suns on a flower in a Murrieta backyard. Photo courtesy of Charles Rasmussen.
Spring Rainbow Spring Rainbow: A rainbow rises over a water-logged Murrieta meadow. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Jimenez.
Spring Star Spring Star: Shooting stars kick of the annual wildflower bloom at the Santa Rosa Plateau. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Granite Slope Granite Slope: Late winter greenery on the adobe trail at the Santa Rosa Plateau Preserve. Photo courtesy of Tim Sullivan.
Valley Dawn Valley Dawn: Sunrise over the Murrieta hills, as seen from Copper Canyon. Photo courtesy of Jeff Carr.
Storm Break Storm Break: Storm clouds clear from the Murrieta sky, as seen from Bear Creek. Photo courtesy of Gary Mineo.
Streaking Clouds Streaking Clouds: A whirled column of clouds advances across the Murrieta sky. Photo courtesy of Gary Mineo.
Soaring Hawk Soaring Hawk: A Red-tailed Hawk with dark-morph plumage soars over the Santa Rosa Plateau. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Azure Clouds Azure Clouds: The speckled sky over La Cresta at dawn, as taken from Bear Creek. Photo courtesy of Gary Mineo.
Hill Sunrise Hill Sunrise: The glow of dawn over the Murrieta Hills on a December morning. Photo courtesy of Gary Mineo.
Wiley Coyote Wiley Coyote: Looking for roadrunners and other prey on the Santa Rosa Plateau. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Beep Beep Beep Beep: A roadrunner hunts in a field in northwest Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Darryl Medley.
Colored Dawn Colored Dawn: The sun rises red to the west avove a Bear Creek home in Murrieta. Photo courtesy of Linda Carroll.
Oak Meadow Oak Meadow: A rolling meadow from atop Monument Hill at the Santa Rosa Plateau, dotted with oak trees. Photo courtesy of John Hunneman.

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