A Favorite Spot

Sunrise Over the Foothills
Scott RD, Folsom, CA; JUL 2020

I am sharing 4 images from one of my favorite local spots to photograph. I am drawn to the spot, just outside Folsom, CA, because it is an oak dotted rangeland typical of this area of California.

One of the images is a black and white version of another in the set. I thought it looked very dramatic in black and white.

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Sierra Foothills with Cloud Covered Skies
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA. AUG 2014
Thunderclouds over the Sierra bring rain but not to the drought ridden foothills of 2014.
Sierra Foothills with Cloud Covered Skies
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA. AUG 2014

Thunderclouds over the Sierra bring rain but not to the drought ridden foothills of 2014.
Moonrise over the Sierra Foothills
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA, JAN 2015

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Grand Canyon Monsoon – Part 1

Lightning Over Grand Canyon;
South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; AUG 2019

I recently had the privilege to photograph the Grand Canyon during the monsoon season of Southwestern North America. It was a marvelous time to visit this national wonder. We were treated to dark and stormy skies, lightning, rainbows and vivid sunrises and sunsets.

I generally don’t think of the southwestern US as having a monsoon season, after all, it is largely desert. I think of torrential rains in places like India and the eastern coast of Africa. But, the monsoon season in southwestern North America is very real. The term monsoon refers to the seasonal wind shift that brings in warm, humid air. Those winds cause most of the rainfall received by the desert southwest each year – all 1” to 8” of it; sometimes more and sometimes less. It can be responsible for torrential downbursts that cause flash flooding and lightning induced wildfires.

The southwestern North American monsoon season generally starts in early July and runs through September.

In this post, I am sharing a few of the images I took while at the Grand Canyon. I’ll share a few more later this week.


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Sunrise From Imperial Point;
Point Imperial, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; AUG 2019
Milky Way From Cape Royal; Cape Royal
North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; AUG 2019
Sunset Over Grand Canyon – P1
Mojave Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon National; Park; AUG 2019

Sunrise From Imperial Point – P1
Point Imperial, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; AUG 2019

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A Trip to Joshua Tree National Park

Milky Way Over The Arch at Joshua Tree National Park;
Joshua Tree National Park; MAY 2019;

A Trip to Joshua Tree National Park

On a recent road trip, we spent a day at Joshua Tree National Park near Twentynine Palms, CA. The trip was, in part, motivated by a chance to photograph the Milky Way over the park. It was our first trip to Joshua Tree NP and we really did not know what to expect other than it was a desert landscape with Joshua Trees. It was indeed a desert landscape typical of the American Southwest. It has beautiful eroding, rolling hills covered by talus – piles of rocks eroded from the hillside. There were large, weathered boulders throughout the park that people used for climbing. We learned that it is a very popular rock-climbing location.

The desert was in bloom with ocotillo, cholla, desert senna, Mojave mound cactus and many other plants. But, the signature plant of the park is the Joshua Tree. The Joshua tree is a large tree like plant with hard spiky leaves. Despite looking like both a tree and a cactus, it is neither. It is a plant in the Yucca family (Yucca brevifolia). The oldest one in the park is about 350 years old. Because it is not a tree, it doesn’t have the woody structure to bear all of its weight, so, when branches get to big, they bend and fall to the ground. We missed seeing them in bloom on this trip, but they were developing their seed pods. I like them so much; I’d like to have one in my backyard but they only grow in the Mojave Desert between 4,000 and 5,000 feet in altitude.

Our night sky photo shoot was spectacular. The Milky Way didn’t rise until after midnight. It was a pleasantly warm evening and we had to scramble over some boulders, in the dark, to get to a ledge on another large boulder. That location was picked because The Arch was directly in front of us and our goal was to shoot the Milky Way over The Arch. I hadn’t done a night sky shoot in a very long time, so it was great to knock the rust off my skills. The only disappointment in the shoot was light pollution. When you look at the Milky Way image, you’ll see the sky has a greenish cast along the horizon. That cast is the light rom the Palm Springs and Indio areas of Southern California. Indio is 25 miles from the park.

I want to give a shout out to Casey Kiernan of Joshua Tree Workshops for guiding us in a great night sky workshop and fun time.

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Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia) at Joshua Tree National Park – P2;
Joshua Tree National Park; MAY 2019
Desert Iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis);
Joshua Tree National Park; MAY 2019;
Teddybear Cholla Cactus (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) in Bloom;
Joshua Tree National Park; MAY 2019;
Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia) at Joshua Tree National Park – P3;
Joshua Tree National Park; MAY 2019
Ash-throated Flycatcher
(Myiarchus cinerascens) on Creosote Bush, (Larrea tridentata)
Joshua Tree National Park; MAY 2019;
Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) at Joshua Tree National Park – P1;
Joshua Tree National Park; MAY 2019
Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) with Seed Pods;
Joshua Tree National Park; MAY 2019
Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) Yucca and Pinion Pine at Joshua Tree National Park – P4; Joshua Tree National Park; MAY 2019

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