A Predictable Magic

Salton Sea Sunset by Anne McKinnell

Just another desert sunset I spend my days exploring With my eye on the horizon The spot the where the sun will later set Will a blanket of clouds extinguish the light? Will truant clouds create a pastel veil? Or will the clouds disperse for the sun’s rays to infiltrate? I spend my days exploring Willing the clouds to appear and then break The sun sinks below the … [Read more...]

White Pelicans at the Salton Sea, California

White Pelican Reflection by Anne McKinnell

The best thing about RVing is the changing scenery. Every time we move, I get a brand new back yard to look at, a new sunrise to enjoy, and a new place to relax for happy hour. Lately we've been hanging out at one of my favourite boondocking spots in California: the Salton Sea. This is the third year we've stopped here and this time we've explored more locations along the … [Read more...]

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...]