Quick trip to Anza Borrego State Park

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Approaching storm from the west

Mary and I have been out to Anza Borrego State Park a few times.  We planned this latest trip to coincide with the wild flower season.  There were some wild flowers out, but a blustery 20+ mile an hour wind kept us from getting any photographs.  The highlight was a fun walk through “The Slot.”  Here is what you might see.

Most people go to Anza Borrego to see the wild flowers, the cactus gardens, and the view from Font’s Point.  There was a decent bloom of flowers, but the wind was brutal.

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We got out of the wind by driving out to the Clark Dry Lake and doing the hike through the Slot.  Both are accessed on well groomed dirt roads that will accommodate a car, but I would recommend a high clearance vehicle.  A short walk out to the lake bed reveals plenty of fissures and cracks to play with.

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The Slot is not really a canyon, but more of a wash.  It is not the deepest, most colorful, or most picturesque slot canyon we have been through, but it was fun all the same.  The walls are fairly uniform brown, so we used our infrared cameras and tried to bring out some of the yellow glow from the sunshine.  It was dark, so a tripod was necessary.

Mary at the lower end

Mary at the lower end

Without stopping to photograph, the entire hike out and back can’t be more than 30 minutes.  There are several areas where you will have to squeeze through or crawl.

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This arch is toward the bottom of the wash. This is a 3-shot HDR composite

This arch is toward the bottom of the wash. This is a 3-shot HDR composite

The flowers also brought out an explosion of horn worms that were everywhere, and the horn worms brought many migrating birds.  There was a good mix of hikers, photographers, bikers, and birders in the park last weekend.

There were millions of worms everywhere including falling on us in the Slot

There were millions of worms everywhere including falling on us in the Slot

Here is one of our other blogs about Anza Borrego with a good run through of the park.

This blog is about photographing the moon rise over Font’s Point and the Salton Sea.

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2 thoughts on “Quick trip to Anza Borrego State Park

  1. Those worms! They look huge. I can only imagine the epic freak out when one fell. Question, what do you mean by “3-shot HDR composite?” Do you mean literally three overlapped shots?

    • NC, my Sony RX 100 will take 2-4 photos at different exposures and combine them into one photo so that the most light and dark portions of the photo are visible. When I see you next, I can demonstrate.

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