Desert Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park

Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park by Anne McKinnell

One of the reasons I like going down south in the winter (and there are many) is the incredible sunsets in the desert. It seems like every day is a clear blue sky day with no clouds and then, as the day goes on, the clouds move in just in time for sunset. There are stages to the sunset that we just don’t get on the coast. Or perhaps it doesn’t happen frequently enough … [Read more...]

The Echo of a Shape at Jumbo Rocks

Jumbo Rocks at Joshua Tree National Park by Anne McKinnell

When I am photographing, I always keep my eye out for strong shapes since they tend to lead to strong compositions. Any shape will do: circles, squares, triangles, curves. During my last visit to Joshua Tree National Park in California, I went back to a place I had been before, Jumbo Rocks, where there are all kinds of interesting rocks to photograph. But there was one rock … [Read more...]

Joshua Tree National Park Panorama

Joshua Tree Panorama by Anne McKinnell

Joshua Tree National Park in California is such a unique landscape that I really wanted to make a panorama image that would convey the vastness and the sheer quantity of Joshua Trees. The first few I tried didn’t turn out so well though! The trees looked so small and unimpressive. I realized that the perspective I was using made all the trees carry the same importance and no … [Read more...]

Mobius Arch and My Arch in Alabama Hills

Mobius Arch in Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, California by Anne McKinnell

There is so much to explore near my favourite new campsite in Alabama Hills, California. So many amazing rock formations, piles of boulders, and green plains, all with the majestic Mount Whitney and the Sierra Nevada Range in the background. There was even a slight dusting of snow remaining on the mountains during my visit. But even with so much to explore, I just had to … [Read more...]

Our New Favourite Campsite: Alabama Hills

Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California

One of our last stops in last winter's snowbird season was a place that has been recommended to us by a few fellow RVers: Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, California. Some of the best places we've discovered have been from those kinds of recommendations, and this one sure didn't disappoint. In fact, it's now our favourite campsite! We had the most amazing view of any … [Read more...]

Roadside Attraction: California Poppies

California Poppy by Anne McKinnell

On our drive back home from our snowbird season, we stopped for a night of free parking at a Casino in Nice, California. As we pulled in, I noticed out of the corner of my eye, behind the dumpsters in the back, a small patch of California Poppies. When the wind died down, I went out with my telephoto lens and my Canon 500D close-up filter to see what kind of interesting … [Read more...]

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 be there in good light, but to find a cholla I could isolate. One of the … [Read more...]

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 of them for another time. I guess if I saved enough of them I would be able to jump around … [Read more...]