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Big Bear from Joshua Tree Nationa Park



Since I spent the day traveling, here is one last image from Joshua Tree National Park before I move on to new subjects.  This is Big Bear framed from Keys View in the park.  The wind was steady at 20-25 mph and that made keeping the camera steady a chore, even with a tripod.  On the other hand, the wind and cold made for clear skies and beautiful views. 

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February 4, 2010 at 9:30 pm


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Clouds over the high desert


Someone close to me has asked me for an inspiring photograph of blue sky and clouds for a project they are working on.  There are many ways to achieve that effect but I think I know what she is asking for.  Of course when looking for such a shot, the weather needs to play along.  Today was just such a day here in the high desert.  This isn’t exactly the sort of image I have in mind for the project, but the light and clouds are certainly dramatic.  I shot several along the ridgeline to create a stitched panoramic image able to be enlarged.    Not bad for the first day’s search for such an image.

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February 3, 2010 at 12:11 am


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Rock cairns at Joshua Tree



Traveling to Keys View in Joshua Tree National Park, I found these rock cairns built by previous visitors.  This one stood out because of its Asian-like structure.  The scene was very Zen.  I sat beside the formation for several minutes, concentrating on being in the moment. 

I tried to frame Big Bear mountain in the photograph, but the close focus on the cairn meant that the plane of apparent focus did not extend to infinity.  Still, I think the image captures the feeling of the place as I felt it.

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February 2, 2010 at 1:50 am


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This image comes from Barker's Dam, Joshua Tree National Park.


I spent the day criss-crossing Joshua Tree National Park, taking more than 400 photographs.  The park is one of the most achingly beautiful places I’ve seen  in all my world travels.  I’ve developed a strong spiritual connection to the land in the four times I’ve been here.   I am continually amazed at the thriving ecosystem in a place most would consider stark and barren.

Deep in the heart of the area now known as Joshua Tree National Park, Bill Keys built a ranch near a hidden valley.  Later, Barker Dam was built to hold water against the parched summer.  Today Barker Dam still fills after the rains and last week’s torrents filled the pond near to brimming.  When I got to the site, the wind was blowing distracting ripples and breaking up the amazing reflections.  And just as yesterday, a bit of patience resulted in an outstanding image.

So taking another page from yesterday’s reflection theme, here’s number thirty-one…

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January 31, 2010 at 11:16 pm


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Sunset reflections on a lake.



Patience is a virtue.  I visited an extinct volcanic crater with some colleagues today and spent an afternoon shooting hundreds of images.  There were plenty of good photographs among them, but I still felt there were better images out there.  After the sunset proved mostly benign, we headed back toward 29 Palms.  

We had barely gotten down the road when I looked right and saw this image.  I braked hard enough to dump everything off of the seats, but quickly recovered, jumped out, and shot a good string of photos.  I knew they would jump off the screen.  I could have wished for a less regular composition, but there was no time to find a better angle before the fleeting light passed.

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January 31, 2010 at 1:59 am