24 Hours in Joshua Tree

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We had a bald sky, but calm winds.

Because of all of the rain in Southern CA, the Barker Dam area of Joshua Tree has a lot of water for the first time in about eight years.  Mary and I made a trip out there just to get that one shot.  There’s a lot you can do in Josh in one day.  Here’s what we did. Continue reading

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Photographing Saguaros in Tucson, AZ

We had a great sunset our last night

We had a great sunset our last night

If you like cactus, especially the majestic Saguaro, Tuscon is the place for you.  There are three parks full of Saguaros – Saguaro National Park East and West, as well as the Catalina State Park.  They are all a bit different, but we loved them all.  Here’s why: Continue reading

Mary’s Top Photos of 2016

Winter sunset in Tucson

Winter sunset in Tucson

What a great exercise to look back at a year’s worth of images, re-live the moments when I pushed the shutter, and reflect on the variety of experiences I had.  Every year when Peter asks me (or rather forces me) to do this, I always think “I didn’t really shoot much this year that would make my top 10”.  When I had gathered 25 images and was still adding I realized that I rarely left home with out a camera (or two) in hand.  I think maybe I will post a top 10 iPhone photos of the year too! Continue reading

Peter’s Favorite Photos from 2016

Sunset in Saguaro National Park

Sunset in Saguaro National Park, AZ

Mary and I had a great travel year in 2016.  We took 11 named trips including many weekend jaunts.  We had major trips to Tucson, Maine, Page (AZ), Death Valley, and New Mexico.  We had a variety of locations that were in major cities and in pretty remote locations.  Here are my favorite photos from 2016. Continue reading

Once again, how to photograph cactus.

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Sometimes a part is more powerful than the whole.

The desert always provides plenty of opportunities to make photos of cactus and succulents.  In the spring, flowing cactus are an annual event, not to be missed.  Here are a few hints for making the most of your spring cactus shooting. Continue reading

Photography project: Create a gritty monotone

Monotone of hiker and saguaro

Monotone of hiker and saguaro

Sometimes I get an image, that has the right feel, but has a lot of things against it technically speaking.  I actually tossed this image, and then resurrected it from the recycle bin after reading how to do a gritty monotone technique.  The article suggested working with a street scene; being a nature photographer I used what I had…. Continue reading

A hike in the desert – He Saw. She Saw.

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Peter’s

When Mary and I get home from a trip and download our photos, my favorite thing to do is compare our compositions.  I am the wide angle person and she is the one who sees the details.  Our Scottsdale trip was no different.

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Look. See. Imagine. Create. A walk through the desert.

Infrared processed in Color Efex Pro Bleach By Pass

Infrared file processed in Nik’s Color Efex Pro Bleach Bypass

Mary and I went to Phoenix for the weekend to see family and scout sites in case the wild flowers take off this spring.  We had a good walk at the Desert Botanical Garden in Scottsdale and a good hike at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Continue reading

A Photography Weekend on Coronado Island (San Diego), CA

Night reflection of downtown San Diego from Coronado Island

Night reflection of downtown San Diego from Coronado Island

Mary and I spent a long weekend on Coronado Island in February.  We stayed at the Marriott which is right on the bay where there is a fun and easy walk to the Ferry Landing.  We made a trip to the Midway Aircraft Carrier museum and to Balboa Park.  With the Hotel del Coronado just down the street there is plenty see and do: Continue reading

Photographing the Anza Borrego CA State Park

Borrego Badlands from Font's Point

Borrego Badlands from Font’s Point

Anza Borrego State Park is California’s largest.  It is located south and west of Palm Springs and east of Julian.  There are many different areas to explore.  Mary and I went to a few popular locations.  Here is what we saw:

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