Sunset and Prickly Pears Over the Rio Grande

Rio Grande Sunset by Anne McKinnell

From the Rio Grande Village Campground at Big Bend National Park, Texas, you can take a short hike up to the Rio Grande Overlook and find this stunning view! I like hiking, but it's nice to find a sunset spot where you don't have to hike down too far in the dark - or worse leave your spot too soon because you don't want to get jabbed by nasty cacti like these prickly … [Read more...]

Crested Cranes in Flight at Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania

Crested Cranes in Flight

Driving through Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, the sheer density of the animals is truly incredible. There are so many large animals that some of the smaller animals take a back seat at first until you start becoming acclimated to the place. Then, it's the combination of animals that becomes awe inspiring. When I saw these crested crane's it was a total surprise! On the … [Read more...]

Drive By Maasai Boy

Maasai Boy by Anne McKinnell

I could feel eyes rolling in the safari vehicle “She’s drive-by shooting!” they said "Not a real photographer ... Look at her tiny camera," they murmured behind me I say, just look: A Maasai boy beside the road with sticks for herding cattle, near Arusha, Tanzania. … [Read more...]

Noise Reduction with Topaz DeNoise

Nelson Ghost Town by Anne McKinnell

Topaz Labs has a great deal on their noise reduction plugin, Topaz DeNoise, this month, so I thought this would be a good time to share a bit of information about what noise is and how I get rid of it. (Spoiler alert: I use Topaz DeNoise!) Causes of Noise One of the biggest advantages of digital photography, as opposed to film, is that you can change ISO on the … [Read more...]

Lessons from the Fog

Tree in the Fog by Anne McKinnell

The day before I made this photo, I walked past this tree six times and didn't really notice it. It was just a boring tree in a field. It wasn't until the fog came and obscured the landscape that the tree showed me it's beauty. Unable to distinguish anything else, the simple outline of the tree branches came into view - mystical, ghostly, and ethereal. Sometimes in … [Read more...]

City of Rocks State Park New Mexico

City of Rocks by Anne McKinnell

One of my favourite new finds from last winter's snow bird trip is the City of Rocks State Park in New Mexico where I found a hedge of large sculpted boulders. Most of the RV's park just outside the rocks, but we managed to squeeze our RV into a site that backed right on to the rocks. What a great spot! I made this panorama photo from another set of rocks across from the … [Read more...]

The Wildebeest Migration: A Photo Essay

Wildebeest Migration by Anne McKinnell

After photographing at Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park, the final stop on my African photo safari was the Mara River, near the border between Tanzania and Kenya. Here I watched a natural spectacle like no other: the annual wildebeest migration when wildebeest (along with zebra, gazelle and eland) cross the river in the hundreds of … [Read more...]

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...]