My 28 Favorite Photos From A New Year’s Celebration In Stallion Springs

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This year for New Year’s Eve, Julia and I took Owen up to her parent’s ranch in Stallion Springs. We were accompanied by our friends Brian, Nina, and their son who is Owen’s age. Visiting Stallion Springs always provides a ton of exciting outdoor activities. What made this trip even more special than usual was the snow storm that arrived just before the turn of the new year. We went for a hike in the pre-storm fog of New Year’s Eve, and then got to enjoy a winter wonderland on New Year’s Day. Here are my 30 favorite photos from this trip. I hope you enjoy them!


1.) Isla and Lilly could sense the electricity in the air. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

2.) Julia walking with Owen in front. This is on the Horsethief trail, one of my favorites in Stallion Springs. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

3.) Just doodles being doodles. 
Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

4.) That moment my mind places me in a Braveheart style battle reenactment…Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

5.) Brian And Nina Enjoying the Horsethief Trail.Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

6.) Light shining through the oaks. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

7.) Leaving the fog behind with blue skies ahead. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

8.) Brian, Nina, and their baby under one of my favorite oak trees. Lilly with the photobomb. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

9.) Julia, Owen, and I pose for the same shot. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

10.) Snow begins to fall on Buddha. The plant next to Buddha is living off of Owen’s placenta. A very special place for all of us. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

11.) My 4Runner, Gray Wolf, in his natural habitat. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

12.) Zev shows Lilly the morning views. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

13.) The Burning Bush by Julia’s father is one of my favorite pieces on the ranch. It’s a tough call though, as he creates so much captivating art. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

14.) Just short of daybreak. My favorite time of day. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

15.) A look into the courtyard. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

16.) Boyd and Lorna pointing out the views to Owen. Isla eating bird seed in the background. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

17.) Isla and Lilly love hanging out with their big doodle cousin, Zoey. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

18.) Lorna leads the pack. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow
19.) Julia and Owen with the early morning light. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

20.) Our bundle of joy going airborne. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

21.) Zoey, a.k.a Honey Bunz, plays in the snow. All 75+lbs of her. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow
22.) The beautiful Casa Serena. Julia’s father had a dream and made it a reality. I’m so lucky to be able to visit. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

23.) Zelda breaks away on the Horsethief Trail in the snow. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow
24.) Isla chased after me and face planted. I love her so much, she’s such a trooper. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

25.) Brian breaks trail through the snow. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

26.) My favorite oak with a coat of white.Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

27.) Up close. Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

28.) Enjoying a beautiful start to 2017!Stallion Springs Tehachapi Photography Snow

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33 thoughts on “My 28 Favorite Photos From A New Year’s Celebration In Stallion Springs”

  1. Love all of these, thanks for sharing! Have you shared any of your trail stories with The Dirtbag Diaries? We love them too and I’m sure you have some goodies to tell by now. Funny to read about your Gray Wolf…we named our 2001 Four Runner “Old Grey” and she’s equally awesome. Also, crazy coincidence, we have a golden doodle and our last dog was named Zoe…maybe all nature lovers think alike? 🙂

    • Thanks! I’ve never heard of Dirtbag Diaries. I’ll have to check it out. Cool to hear you have a doodle named Zoe. I do tend to notice a similarity in names found in the nature loving community 🙂

      • Great cameras! The a6300 isn’t that much different than the a6000, but does offer some nice upgraded features. I always spend more on the lenses than I do on camera bodies. The lenses tend to last the life of 3 or 4 camera bodies, and some for a lifetime.

      • What kind of lens are you looking for? Prime, wide-angle, telephoto? I’m a huge fan of wide angle lenses, and they’re pretty much the only thing I shoot with. The Sony 10-18mm is at the top of the line with the Zeiss 12mm, but there are many more affordable wide angle options. Julia uses the Sony 16mm f/2.8 , which is nice becuase you can pick up a wide angle adapter for the times when you need it. Even left at 16mm, it’s wide enough for most shots. You’ll just be limited with range as it’s a prime lens. To go even wider on a fixed budget, you can grab the Rokinon/Samyang 12mm f/2. I used this lens a lot in Japan for the 2 added f stops in low light. The downside here is that it is a lens that requires complete manual controls. I really like this while traveling, as it makes for a more intimate photography experience. It can be a hassle while hiking though, as the manual focus means you may miss a few shots. For landscapes though, I set the focus close to infinity and shoot away. The glass on the Rokinon is tack sharp. If you’re not sure which lens you want, my advice is to shoot with the kit lens for as long as possible. This way, you can go back through your photos and look at EXIF data. I realized that I was always shooting at 18mm on my 18-55mm lens. This made it pretty clear that I needed to go wider. If you’re mostly at 55mm, on the other hand, you’ll want a lens that can get you closer. If you’re always in low light, you might want a fast f/1.8 or f/1.4. Much like hiking and backpacking, there are different tools for different jobs. I’ve just found that wide landscapes make up 99% of the photo jobs I like to take on. Let me know if you have any questions or any specific range of lenses you’re interested in.

  2. Drew! thanks for the great images of our get together in Stallion Springs California; it was really great starting the year with you and the crew. You have really inspired us to get out more and celebrate this wonderful land. You are a very fine guide of how to enjoy and merge with nature …our greatest teacher!

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