Posts Tagged ‘national park’

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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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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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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White Tank, Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Like many places in the american southwest, the rock formations in Joshua Tree National Park can make you feel like you are on another planet. I made this image on the trail from White Tank Campground to Arch Rock. Please click the image to view a larger version.

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Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park

Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park, California

The best place to watch the sunset in Joshua Tree National Park, California, is at Keys View where the vast panorama includes the noticeable fault line of of the San Andreas Fault, the Coachella Valley, and the city of Palm Springs in the distant background. I made these three images as the sun was setting. […]

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The Third Joshua Tree

Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park, California

I like being able to make similar images with different feelings to them by working with the lighting conditions at a given moment and using technique to emphasize the feeling I am after. As the light changed from one evening to the next, I had the opportunity to make very different images of Joshua Trees […]

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One Simple Tree

Lone Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park, California

Simplify. It’s the word I always think to myself when I’m looking for the perfect composition. A photograph does not have to contain everything. And, even when you find your perfect subject, that one perfect Joshua Tree, it doesn’t have to dominate the whole frame to tell it’s story. Part of the story is the […]

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Joshua Tree National Park Star Trails

Joshua Tree National Park Star Trails

I love star trails! I’ve been waiting to find the perfect location that would have something great in the foreground and dark night skies so I could try it again – and I found it at Joshua Tree National Park. We found the most beautiful campsite at Belle Campground right in the park. There was […]

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First Joshua Tree Sunset

Joshua Tree National Park Sunset

Here is the image I mentioned in my last post about how my plan for moonrise didn’t work out. Just as I realized my Plan A wasn’t working out and I was running out of time for Plan B, I abandonded my coveted position under Arch Rock, hiked out to see the glorious sunset that […]

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