National Parks

Kolob Terrace

Kolob Terrace, Zion National Park, Utah by Anne McKinnell

While trying to get away from the spring break crowds in Zion National Park, Utah, we discovered Kolob Terrace in the central part of the park. To get there from Zion Canyon, you exit the park on the south, travel west to Virgin, and go up Kolob Terrace Road where you re-enter the park. (Note, […]

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Kolob Canyons

Kolob Canyon

Zion National Park can be a pretty busy place with all the hikers doing Angel’s Landing and the Narrows and all the photographers lined up on the bridge. Plus, we made a critical mistake. Because we had been there before, we didn’t do as much research as we usually do. We just booked a week […]

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The Watchman, The Virgin River, and No One But Me

The Watchman and Virgin River in Zion National Park, Utah by Anne McKinnell

As I made this photo, there were at least 20 photographers lined up on the bridge in front of me making a very similar photo. They are just around the bend in the river. The perspective is a bit different: a more elevated position, less river, no tree. But is it really that much better? […]

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Towers of the Virgin

Towers of the Virgin, Zion National Park, Utah, by Anne McKinnell

It was one of those mornings when I lift the blinds on the window, a little bleary eyed, and suddenly I’m awake, excited about what I see. With a little hop and a jump I grab my camera gear and I’m off! I was staying at an RV park just outside Zion National Park in […]

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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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Osprey, Everglades National Park

Osprey in Everglades National Park, Florida, by Anne McKinnell

Every once in awhile I like to go through my archives to see what I missed. Sometimes it’s just that I get too many of a particular type of photo at once, and so they don’t all end up getting processed at the time. Like when I was in Florida, almost two years ago now, […]

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Spring Flowers from Pinnacles National Park

Bush Lupin by Anne McKinnell

Ahhhh, spring! Time is going by so fast now that we’re back home in British Columbia, so before spring is over I want to share with you a few photos of wildflowers I made back in April in Pinnacles National Park in California. Please click the images to view larger versions. Enjoy!

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Twilight at Mesquite Sand Dunes

Mesquite Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California, by Anne McKinnell

After the series of images I showed you in my last post from Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park, the sun dipped behind the nearby mountains and the colour of the dunes totally changed. The golden glow disappeared as the sky turned pale pink and blue and the dunes began to reflect the […]

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Mesquite Sand Dunes

Mesquite Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California, by Anne McKinnell

Our last stop on our winter snowbird season in Southwest USA was at the Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park. After visiting Coral Pink Sand Dunes in Utah, White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, and Imperial Sand Dunes in California, I knew I was in for a tough trek on earth that […]

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Devil’s Cornfield, Death Valley National Park

Devil's Cornfield, Death Valley National Park by Anne McKinnell

One thing I was not expecting to see in Death Valley was a photogenic weed patch! Just like Devils Golf Course, where only the Devil could play golf, here at Devil’s Cornfield, only the Devil could eat this corn! It’s not corn at all — it’s arrowweed. I made this image in the early evening […]

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Artist Drive, Death Valley National Park

Artist Drive, Death Valley National Park, California by Anne McKinnell

Hazy days made for difficult photography at Death Valley National Park when I first arrived. The air was dense and the clouds and haze obscured most of the grand views. The haze tended to lift around sunset and I got a few good shots at Devils Golf Course and Badwater Basin, but the days were […]

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Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park

Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park, California by Anne McKinnell

So I’m thinking about getting one of those little mirrorless cameras with the interchangeable lenses like a Sony NEX7 or a Fuji X20. One of those would be perfect for a day like the day I made the photos in this post. I was already feeling sluggish and had a headache coming on and it […]

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Devils Golf Course, Death Valley National Park

Devils Golf Course, Death Valley National Park, California, by Anne McKinnell.

I visited Death Valley National Park in mid-March and the temperatures exceeded 90 degrees! At 282 feet below sea level, it has the lowest elevation in North America and is the hottest and driest US National Park. I can’t imagine what it would be like to visit this place in summer when the temperatures reach […]

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Cactus Forest in Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park by Anne McKinnell

This winter we are trying to visit the National Parks in the southwest that we missed last year so, after our visit to San Diego, we decided to head over to Saguaro National Park in Arizona. The park is divided into two separate sections with the city of Tucson and it’s one million residents in […]

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Joshua Tree Silhouette

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Finally! This is the image I had in my mind as the one I wanted to come home with after my visit to Joshua Tree National Park in California. I do like some of the other tree images I got as well, but this is the one I really wanted. Please click the image to […]

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Jumbo Rocks, Joshua Tree National Park

Jumbo Rocks, Joshua Tree National Park

Have you ever seen a face in the rocks? This one was pretty hard to miss with the two round rocks balanced on a diamond shaped rock resembling a nose. I made this image at the Jumbo Rocks campground in Joshua Tree National Park just before sunset when the light was shining directly on the […]

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Juniper and Balanced Rock

Juniper and Balanced Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, California.

This is one of the iconic locations in Joshua Tree National Park in California. I have seen many images from this location, but I figure they must all be from a few years ago because none of them contain the shrub in the lower left corner. Most of the images I have seen of this […]

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