After going to a camera club meeting in Redlands, California, I was inspired by another photographer’s beautiful hummingbird photograph. Being curious, I talked to the photographer after the meeting and asked her where she had taken the photo. She said that she had taken her photo at the Bearpaw Ranch which was up the hill.
I was intrigued by the idea and the adventure. So, I called the ranch for information. It turned out that you must be a Audubon member to go to this ranch. This was OK with me, so I joined the Audubon Society.
Then I learned the secret code for the gate at the ranch, which is given to Audubon members.When it looked like a good day for a bird shoot, I invited a friend and up the hill we went to check out Bearpaw Ranch!
It turns out, Bearpaw Ranch is a 70 acre nature sanctuary, nestled on the northslope of Mill Creek Canyon at 4,500 feet elevation. Here are the directions. To reach Bearpaw Ranch, take HW 38 to the Forest Falls turn off. Go only a few car lengths on Valley of the Falls Drive and look for a our small wooden sign on the right. (We passed it the first time)…Parts of the road have already been graded, smoothed and paved…and the entry from Forest Falls Drive will undergo similar improvements soon. (No joke! This road is called rough and ready to me….Unfortuanately, I didn’t take a photo of this area…It was so bumpy and scary that I couldn’t stop!)
Anyway , we got there, going over a small rough one way bridge over a stream of water and rock quarry, and a one-way road next to a cliff….Oh brother, how appreciative I was to arrive at the Ranch in one piece! To make the trip even better, I got my hummingbird photo, too!
The road pictured in this blog was actually taken on the ranch, and it was nice and wide in comparison to the road entering the ranch. It was a fun day!