Southwestern Desert

The last week in August I participated in a photo safari (workshop) in the southwestern desert. It felt like a safari because we had to use 4-wheel drive vehicles to get to our locations. The landscape was the subject, not animals. We went to a few different locations. We used dim lights to illuminate the landscape at night. The first stop was a place called White Pocket in northern Arizona, where we camped after taking photographs past midnight.

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Alone on a Stone: A lonely tree sits under the Milky Way, contemplating the celestial journey. To the right, peaceful Jupiter looks on.
Inchworm Arch in Utah

On the final day of the workshop we went to a short but scenic slot canyon near Kanab, Utah.

I loved wandering in the slot canyon and finding photo opportunities. My tripod was set up so I just jumped into this shot.

On the way home, I stopped in Zion National Park.

Three trees perched high on a slick rock ledge in Zion National Park.

Northern Coastal Redwoods

I took a few days exploring the redwoods along the northern California coast this August. What a magical place! Walking among the giant trees, it was easy to be transported to fantastical lands of imagined places long ago.

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The Tall Trees Grove in Redwood National Park is home to the tallest trees in the world. Walking among these giants is a magical and wonderful experience!
Driving along the Avenue of the Redwoods, I found this dirt road. I pulled off and walked a few hundred feet from my car for this shot.
Some rocks near Wedding Rock at Patrick’s Point State Park
A self-portrait at the base of a giant redwood. Each day I was in awe of these giants!
I saw this stranger with her camera. I asked her to stay right there. She asked me to do the same for her photo.
This beach is near Dry Lagoon. We went here after dinner to experience the sunset on the coast. I found one lone strand of cloud to add interest to my photo.