Barbara 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.
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!