Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona

Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona by Anne McKinnell

Another one of the fantastic state parks we discovered in Arizona this year is Picacho Peak State Park, which is just south of Tucson. It’s a landmark we noticed last year when we were driving by and we made a point of exploring it this year. It has a beautiful campground with huge sites and […]

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Superstition Mountains

Superstition Mountains, Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona by Anne McKinnell

One of the best things about RVing is that you meet people along the way who tell you their stories of places they have been. It’s not hard to discover the best places to go because they keep coming up in conversation. The Superstition Mountains in Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona, is one of the […]

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Bandon Beach Seascape

Bandon Beach, Oregon, by Anne McKinnell

A seascape is like a breath of fresh salty air isn’t it? I am a little tired of the cactus photos, and thought maybe you were too, so I dug up this seascape from earlier this snowbird season. I made it in one of my favourite places in the world, Bandon Beach, Oregon. Sorry I […]

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The Organ Pipe Cactus

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, by Anne McKinnell

I like going to new places. Of course, there are favourite spots from previous trips that are impossible to drive past, places I could visit again and again like Joshua Tree National Park. But as much as possible I like to discover new things, blaze new trails, and explore places previous unexplored (at least by […]

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Sunset on a Sleeping Princess

Sunset on Sleeping Princess by Anne McKinnell

Our favourite new campsite is a BLM site called Gunsight Wash near Organ Pipe Catus National Monument. In the distant hills is a formation known as the sleeping princess, and we had a great view of her right from our site as the sun set behind her. Imagine her lying on her back, the sun […]

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A Typical Desert Scene

A typical desert scene in Organ Pipe National Monument by Anne McKinnell

As a landscape photographer, one of the things you’ll find yourself doing a lot is waiting. Once you find your perfect location, you must wait for the light to be just right. While you’re waiting, take a good look around. The light might not be perfect on the scene you’ve planned, but it might be […]

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Gila Woodpeckers and Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro Cactus Birds Nest by Anne McKinnell

I always see Gila Woodpeckers on the Saguaros everywhere we go in Arizona. I don’t know how they manage to perch themselves against so many spiny needles! You even see them standing on the very top of the cactus as if they are smooth telephone poles. Believe me, they are anything but smooth! Please click […]

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Ocotillo Abstract

Ocotillo Abstract by Anne McKinnell

At our BLM campsite in Gunsight Wash, near Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona, it was one of those sunsets where there is just a tiny strip of colour next to the horizon. To make the most of it, I decided to use my telephoto lens so the colours would fill the frame and then I […]

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The Lush Desert in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona, by Anne McKinnell

Last year we missed visiting Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, during our snowbird season. It lies in southern Arizona right against the border with Mexico. We weren’t too sure about it since we had been warned that there are lots of “illegals” crossing the border there and it can be dangerous. After doing some […]

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Last Light on Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro cactus at sunset by Anne McKinnell

On one of our first nights visiting Organ Pipe National Monument in Arizona some clouds rolled in. It was quite unusual! So Ray and I drove into the park and found an area with lots of Saguaros to photograph. There are actually more Saguaros here than in Saguaro National Park! The light was grey, but […]

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Chain Fruit Cholla

Chain Fruit Cholla by Anne McKinnell

A cactus can be hard to photograph. Usually when I am photographing anything I am looking for a good graphic design, interesting lines and textures, and a clean background. With a cactus, you have the textures covered, but often the lines are anything but uniform and the background is often full of scrubby brush that […]

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Southwest Blue

Saguaro cactus at twilight by Anne McKinnell

The American southwest is so red and green, with the rocks and the cacti, except at twilight when the pastel blues of the twilight sky cover the reds and greens like a baby’s blanket. I made this photo just down the road from our campsite in the Plomosa BLM in Quartzsite, Arizona. Please click the […]

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Full Moon over RVs in Quartzsite, Arizona

Full Moon Over RVs by Anne McKinnell

Quartzsite, Arizona, is a small town of only a few thousand people. Until the snowbirds arrive. In January and February the tiny town hosts over 1.5 million tourists, most of them RVers. We arrived a few days before the giant RV show which is held in the town every year. We picked out our spot […]

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Cholla Cactus Garden

Cholla Cactus Garden by Anne McKinnell

One of the most interesting features of Joshua Tree National Park in California is the Cholla Cactus Garden. But, it is really hard to get a good composition here. At least that’s what I found. I was disappointed with the photos I made here last year, so this year I was determined not only to […]

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Joshua Tree Sunburst

Joshua Tree sunburst by Anne McKinnell

Do you process your photos in order? Just wondering… I usually process mine in order because I’m afraid if I skip over something I might never come back to it. But on the other hand, maybe you’re tired of seeing Joshua Trees by now and I should change it up a bit and save some […]

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Belle – The Most Beautiful Campground in California?

Belle Campground

This is one of the places I yearned to go back to this winter. Belle Campground in Joshua Tree National Park. We’ve been to some nice campgrounds. Lots of nice campgrounds. But I always prefer the ones where we can get away from people and enjoy nature. I particularly like ones where I can stumble […]

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Finding New Compositions in Jumbo Rocks

Jumbo Rocks, Joshua Tree National Park, California by Anne McKinnell

A few months ago I wrote about how revisiting photo locations can help you grow as a photographer by forcing you to move beyond the obvious and find new compositions. Last year when I visited Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park I discovered, through my telephoto lens, an interesting rock formation. Here is last […]

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I Speak for the Trees

The Perfect Joshua Tree by Anne McKinnell

I don’t know if Dr. Suess was inspired by these particular trees in Joshua Tree National Park, California, but as I am driving along I often hear the voice of The Lorax — “I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues” – and I think about how this place became a National […]

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Just Three of the Many Jumbo Rocks

Jumbo Rocks by Anne McKinnell

I think I could spend days photographing in this location. The only problem with it is that the campground bearing it’s name is extremely popular so there are always lots of people at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park. Please click the image to view a larger version. Our RV is too big to […]

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Abandoned Car in the Desert (and some fun processing techniques)

Abandoned car in Joshua Tree National Park by Anne McKinnell

The desert has amazing powers of preservation! Joshua Tree National Park wasn’t always a park, there used to be a few ore processing mills here in the 30′s. One of those is the Wall Street Mill which is protected as a historic site because of it’s mechanical uniqueness. The machinery is still intact. Near the […]

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Best Sunset EVER at Jumbo Rocks

Jumbo Rocks Sunset by Anne McKinnell

On our first night at Joshua Tree National Park, in California, the clouds looked like they had a lot of potential, and so Ray and I went to one of our favourite locations from last year’s visit, Jumbo Rocks, where we were welcomed by the most glorious sunset. Standing on the rocks that night as […]

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Salton Sea Seagulls

Salton Sea Seagulls by Anne McKinnell

Ok, this is the last of the photos from the Salton Sea, at least for now. We were only there for two days and I got so many photos! But it’s time to move on before I get too far behind in my photo processing, so I’m going to save the rest of them to […]

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Salton Sea Egret at Twilight

Salton Sea Egret at twilight by Anne McKinnell

Internet Break! I’m going to be heading into a National Park for a few days and I wont have internet access. It’s Organ Pipe National Monument actually. One of the things that is best about the national parks and national monuments is that the lack of cell towers forces you to step away from daily […]

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Somethin’ Fishy: Salton Sea Tilapia

Salton Sea Tilapia by Anne McKinnell

This was our second trip to the Salton Sea in California, so all the dead fish lining the shore were no surprise. Since I’ve decided to only photograph beautiful things, I had to think about it twice before photographing the dead fish, but I do think they are beautiful in an odd kind of way. […]

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