The Dancing Egret at Salton Sea, California

Egret Running by Anne McKinnel

There are endless photo opportunities at the Salton Sea, California, and I never tire of watching the comings and goings of the birds. A stop on the pacific flyway, all sorts of birds come to rest and eat here. Although quite common, one of my favourites is the Great Egret, for it's grace. I love to just find myself a comfortable place to sit with a good view, be … [Read more...]

More Cacti at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Vista at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument by Anne McKinnell

Do you ever get tired of scenes like this? Sometimes I run out of words to go with the photographs, but I always love photographing at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona. It's become one of my favourite destinations on our snowbird trips. Changes in the weather here make very dramatic differences to the photographs. Just a couple of days after I made the stormy … [Read more...]

Muddy Elephants in Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Elephants by Anne McKinnell

In case you missed my first post about Serengeti National Park, you can read it here. It's all about the central part of the Serengeti and the endless grassy plains that made an excellent backdrop for some minimalist wildlife images. The northern part of the Serengeti is more woodsy, so you don't get the same type of images there, but it has it's own charms. We stayed … [Read more...]

First Day in Bisti Badlands, New Mexico

Bisti Badlands by Anne McKinnell

This place has been on my wish list for years. A hidden treasure most people have never heard of. A lot of the information I read about it online including directions to landmarks and where to camp turned out to be totally false - but the gorgeous scenery was certainly true. Giant hoodoos, balanced rocks, rocks shaped like every animal you can think of, even rocks … [Read more...]

Lions on Kopjes in Serengeti National Park

Lion Cubs on the Kopje by Anne McKinnell

The Serengeti is a vast grassland where you'll occasionally find small outcroppings of granite, like rocky islands in a sea of grass. They call these rocks kopjes (pronounced ko-pee). This is where the lions find safety from grassfires, shelter under the trees, and vantage points for hunting -- and where photographers can find scenes like no other place. If you've … [Read more...]

Nesting Cormorants on Mitlenatch Island

Nesting Cormorants by Anne McKinnell

Looking at my marine chart for the area around Campbell River, BC, I noticed a small island that is marked as a provincial park: Mitlenatch Island Nature Provincial Park. So without any further information than what was on my chart, I headed over there in Snoopy, my little power boat, to see what makes it special. Wasn't I surprised to find a huge colony of nesting … [Read more...]

Photography at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Arizona by Anne McKinnell

Who knew it could rain so much in the desert? I like to be right inside the parks, on location and ready to go at a moment's notice, for at least a few days at each park we visit. Photography at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona is a photographer's dream -- even on blue sky days like we had on our first visit. We camped on free BLM land for a few days and … [Read more...]

Get More Than Black and White with Topaz B&W Effects

Bandon Beach Seascape by Anne McKinnell

One of my favourite plugins, Topaz B&W Effects, is on sale this month, so I thought you might like to see some examples of photos I have made with it. Not only does it do regular black and white conversions, like this classic example, but it does lots of other nifty things too - things using colour, which you wouldn't expect from a plugin called Black and White … [Read more...]