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...]

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...]