I love these Ocotillos that decorate California’s Colorado Desert. They have such strong shapes for photography, and when they flower they have beautiful red tips on their green stems.
This is a pretty typical scene in the Colorado Desert, which encompasses about 7 million acres and is a low-elevation desert with warm winter temperatures, making it perfect for us snowbirds.
Isn’t it confusing that the Colorado Desert is in California? But then again, lots of things down here aren’t what you would think. Like how this Ocotillo isn’t really a cactus and the Joshua Tree isn’t a tree.
This particular Ocotillo was in Anza Borrego State Park, one of my favourite destinations for boondocking. I’ll have many more images from Anza Borrego coming up on the blog.
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I made this image by blending three exposures into a high dynamic range image. I don’t usually create high dynamic range images in scenes that include plant life for two reasons: first, plants, especially trees with lots of leaves, don’t look natural in HDR; and second, plants always move making it difficult to make blend exposures without it coming out blurry.
In this case, it was a very calm night and the plant was barely moving and since it doesn’t have leaves I decided to give it a try to make the most of the beautiful sky and darker foreground.