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 year's photo: Since then, I have seen other photos … [Read more...]

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 Park and hear The Lorax again -- "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, … [Read more...]

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 fit in that campground, and I don't think I would like being near so many … [Read more...]

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 mill you can also find a few abandoned cars - antiques left … [Read more...]

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 the sky turned from blue to pink to red to purple was truly magical. … [Read more...]

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, I had an abundance of bird photos. When I started digging through my archives I found some photos I made … [Read more...]

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 soft pastel shades. Please click the images to view larger … [Read more...]