Julian 4th of July Parade

Scene from Julian’s 4th of July Parade, 2011.  Pho­to: Bar­bara Swan­son

BarbaraBar­bara Swan­son is a big fan of the diverse ecolo­gies of San Diego’s three broad envi­ron­men­tal domains, the coast, the moun­tains and the desert, espe­cial­ly the amaz­ing Anza-Bor­rego Desert State Park with its annu­al unfold­ing of wild­flow­ers and abun­dance of wildlife. 

Her pho­to awards are numer­ous, includ­ing top awards at the San Diego Coun­ty Fair, the Ordover Gallery at the San Diego Nat­ur­al His­to­ry Muse­um, and the North Coun­ty Pho­to­graph­ic Soci­ety.  Some of her pho­to­graph­ic work can be seen at barbara.photos and gree­n­earth­plan­et.  She is a sci­en­tist by voca­tion.




Julian roadsign and daffodils

Wel­come sign at Pine Hills Road in the daf­fodil sea­son.  Pho­to: Lee McComb

Lee McComb has been vis­it­ing Julian and Anza-Bor­rego since the ear­ly 1960s when, as a com­pet­i­tive cyclist with the Escon­di­do Tour­ing Club, he rode through town with the pelo­ton.  All wheels would screech to a halt at the Man­zani­ta Ranch in Wyno­la for an irre­sistible cup of refresh­ing apple cider.

His favorite aspect of San Diego’s back coun­try is his­to­ry, from the amaz­ing orig­i­nal peo­ples to col­or­ful set­tlers to old roads and trails. His pro­fes­sion­al work is map­ping, his hob­by inter­ests include graph­ic arts, math­e­mat­ics and writ­ing.  Over the years, he has writ­ten dozens of arti­cles for local pub­li­ca­tion about the Julian scene, includ­ing a num­ber of its fine artists, and has appeared twice in the hero role at the annu­al Julian Melo­dra­ma and Olio.



Always stop by an Avery sculp­ture when vis­it­ing Bor­rego Springs!