Monday, January 16, 2017

Desert In My Mind-Double Exposures at Hidden Valley

I'm always trying to see Joshua Tree National Park in a different and unique way, so the other morning I got up early and went over to a favorite spot in Hidden Valley where there are some great rock formations. I'd been thinking about this idea for a while and figured this was a good day to experiment. I spent the whole morning doing double exposures of the rocks and Joshua Trees there. It's a real hit and miss technique sometimes, but I think I came up with some nice ones.

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Reflective Morning at Barker Dam

I hadn't visited Barker Dam in quite some time and after seeing water at Surprise Tank, I figured a visit was in order. The day I went, I had the whole place to myself for a couple of hours which was a real treat. It was cold of course, but nice and quiet. A slight breeze came up at one point which created some ripples on the surface of the water adding a nice effect. Early morning is definitely the best time to go before the crowds get there. No big horn sightings this time alas. Next time.

Monday, January 2, 2017

There's Water at Surprise Tank Ma!

Since we've been getting all this rain lately, we figured there might be some water at 'Surprise Tank', so we hiked out to see what was what. Yup, there was a good amount, not quite up to the top but enough to get some pics and do some hiking around the otherworldly rock formations there. A pretty nice day was had by all.

 The tank is on the left nestled amongst the rocks
 Slippery shapes in the rocks
 The tank and water beyond
 Angled view to the North
 The elders
 View from in the rocks
Panoramic toward the North

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Little Dusting of Snow in Joshua Tree National Park

I noticed on Christmas Eve Night that we got some snow in Joshua Tree National Park, so I convinced Margie to get up at first light and head in to the Park to see if we could frolic in the snow (and get some pics of course). The best area was between Hidden Valley and Cap Rock, so we got out and wandered around amongst the Joshua Trees and then headed over to Hidden Valley Nature Trail for a short walk. We certainly worked up a good hunger for breakfast on Christmas Day!

 Alpenglow on the hills on the way in
 Hidden Valley
 An Outline of Snow
 Joshua Trees
 Star Light
Tall Josh

Sunday, December 18, 2016

A Different Take on Fall at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and Covington Park

Saturday morning I got up at first light and headed over to Covington Park and Big Morongo Canyon Preserve to take some pictures of the Cottonwoods in their Fall colors. Unfortunately, some of the color had been lost due to the bad weather this past week, so instead of doing my usual 'straight' photographs, I experimented with some double exposures. I came up with a little technique that put, what you might call, a little 'spin' on the pictures. Always fun to do something a little different eh?