2017 Death Valley Photography Workshops

Death Valley Super Bloom Sunrise
So far I’m planning two Death Valley trips for spring wildflowers, two more in the fall:

Mar 1 – 5 – Death Valley Spring Landscapes & Night Photography – enroll: $1195
We’ll have all the normal wonders of Death Valley, plus the 2017 bloom.  I’ve been watching the rainfall pattern and I’m visiting the park in January and February to confirm where the wildflowers will be growing best at this time.  The travel day will be February 28, then we’ll shoot March 1 – 5.  There will be some moonlight in the evenings, and Milky Way available before dawn.

Afternoon Light at Mesquite Flat

Mar 22 – 26 – Death Valley Spring Landscapes & Night Photography – $1195
Like the early March session, we’ll have exotic landscapes plus wildflowers, and the Milky Way will be up in the morning if you want to capture it!  The wildflowers will be blooming in different areas for this visit.

Gold Desert of Desert Gold

Nov 16 – 19 – Death Valley Landscape & Night Photography – Leonid Meteor Shower
I’ve been chasing photos of meteor showers for ages.  Come see how it’s done!  This is a landscape photography workshop, with the bonus of a sky show at night.  More details coming soon.

Charcoal Kilns at Night

Dec 9 – 13 – Death Valley Landscape & Night Photography – Geminid Meteor Shower
In my opinion, Death Valley is the best place to catch the year’s most active meteor shower.  Join me for a landscape photography workshop with flying burning rocks at night! Details coming soon.

Perseid Meteor Shower 2015

Here’s my Death Valley workshop overview page:
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/death-valley-photography-workshop-2013/

I live 3 hours from the park, and I’ve been exploring Death Valley several times per year for eleven years! If you can’t join me but want to explore the park, my 320-page guidebook “Photographing California Vol. 2 – South” includes 40+ locations in Death Valley.

#deathvalley #photographyworkshops www.JeffSullivanphotography.com

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Joshua Trees at Sunset

I don't usually think of Joshua trees as a "cloud forest" species, but in the winter when they get most of their moisture, a lot of them live up where they are in the clouds of oncoming storms. Although they are clearly a desert species, it's high desert, and much of the moisture falls as snow. This lengthens the time when the moisture can soak into the soil.

Joshua trees are an indicator species for the Mojave Desert ecosystem. They have been declining in geographical extent for thousands of years. One contributing factor may be the extinction of the giant ground sloth, which spread Joshua tree seeds, but disappeared around the time that humans arrived on the continent. As climate change shortens winters and raises snow levels, that may accelerate their decline.

www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com
#joshuatrees #landscapephotography #DeathValley #MojaveDesert

 

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Bodie’s 193 earthquakes over 1.5 Magnitude This Week

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The shaking in Bodie continues! When I search the USGS site for earthquakes 1.5 and over, it shows 193 in the past week.

Apparently some windows have broken, some brick buildings have been damaged, so the park has been closed through Sunday so the damage can be assessed and buildings stabilized. The activity could last two months, so there is the possibility of strong aftershocks as well.

For photos of the historic town of Bodie, see my album with over 400:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreysullivan/albums/72157630926160354
Photo usage permission may be granted with appropriate credit, so contact me with any requests.

#earthquakes #Hawthorne #Nevada #science #news

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Sixty-Three Earthquakes Near Bodie Last Night!

earthquakes-bodie-creek-aurora-bridgeport-hawthorneThe USGS reports 63 earthquakes between Bridgeport and Hawthorne last night, clustered around Bodie Creek, north of the historic town sites of Aurora and Bodie. The earthquakes included two of magnitude 5.7 and one of 5.5, in an area about 10 miles downstream from the town of Bodie, California.

By coincidence I was editing this sunset photo from Hawthorne last night, captured on my way back from Utah last month. Walker Lake is important for migrating and nesting birds such as pelicans, but in recent years the lake level dropped significantly due to excessive diversions for agriculture. All fish including the Lahontan Cutthroat trout living in the lake have died as the lake level dropped and the lake’s mineral content and alkalinity rose. It is still used for water by bighorn sheep in the neighboring mountains.

One of the largest employers in Hawthorne is the U.S. Army, which stores and dismantles old bombs and ammunition there. How would you like to be working on a 700-pound bomb during a 5.7 earthquake?

#Nevada #landscapephotography #Hawthorne #walkerlake

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Candlelight Vigils in Every State Sunday Night

Photographers, these events could make for some interesting and historic photos, in this most interesting of recent elections.

http://www.vigilsforamerica.com
https://www.facebook.com/pg/uniteamericaorg/events/

#news #photojournalism #politics #electoralcollege

Vigils for America
Unite for America to Stop Donald Trump!

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Blue Hour at Mono Lake

After the "super moon" rise at Mono Lake last month, I stayed to get a blue hour photo of these tufa rock formations, back-lit by the light of the full moon. I entered this and several other photos in the annual calendar contest conducted by the +Mono Lake Committee… fingers crossed!

www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com #landscapephotography #photographyworkshops #monolake #california #easternsierrs

 

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

As I look towards possibly leading workshops in Grand Teton National Park in 2017, I've updated some of the edits on my photos from my past visits to the park.

#landscapephotography #photographyworkshops #grandteton #nationalpark

              

In Album Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Grape Celebration Wine Tastings in Yosemite

I signed up for a wine tasting in Yosemite right after my Fall Colors workshop November 12-16, featuring +Silver Oak Cellars, +Twomey Cellars , Martinelli Vineyards, and Tablas Creek Vineyard

The wines were outstanding, and both Silver oak and Tablas Creek poured verticals going back to 2001 so you could see how they can develop over time. This was overall schedule:

Session #4 ~ November 16 – 18
2016 Moderator ~ Dan Berger, Wine Journalist & Judge

Wednesday, November 16
1:00 PM “Tasting Nuances Between Site Specific Single Vineyard Wines”
Martinelli Vineyards & Winery Regina Martinelli

3:30 PM “Esprit de Beaucastel: The Evolution of a Flagship Rhone Blend”
Tablas Creek Jason Haas
6:00 PM Meet the Vintners Reception

Thursday, November 17
1:00 PM “A Deconstructed Tasting of 2016 Sauvignon Blanc”
Twomey Cellars David Duncan

3:30 PM “A Brief History of (Silver Oak) Time through Selected Wines”
Silver Oak Cellars Daniel Baron

6:30 PM Gala Vintners’ Dinner

I received a promo email touting $149/person attendance to the 2016 series of wine events:
<a href="http://z.aramarkparks.com/arzh40/wmws/ARZH/1476994621194_220/w551346.php?custcode=ARZH&bid=98006925737007&pbid_=98006925737007" rel="nofollow">z.aramarkparks.com/arzh40/wmws/ARZH/1476994621194_220/w55...</a>

Given that you'll pay about $75 for a dinner in the Ahwahnee anyway, it's not a bad price for four tastings, reception, and a four course dinner at the Ahwahnee paired with wines!

Here's the full schedule:
<a href="http://www.travelyosemite.com/media/487082/grand_grape_schedule_of_events_82516_2.pdf" rel="nofollow">www.travelyosemite.com/media/487082/grand_grape_schedule_...</a>

There will be far fewer of these events in 2017, since the kitchen in the Ahwahnee is due for a remodel.

I looked up this photo from November 14, 2005 to see how the conditions might be in Yosemite Valley during my workshop, and around the time of the event..

#wine #traveltuesday #travel #winetasting #yosemite #fallcolors

 

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Super Moon Rise at Mono Lake, Eastern Sierra, California

With the full moon occurring at dawn this month, there were actually two full moon rises close to sunset. This was the first one, captured over Mono Lake in California's Eastern Sierra region..

#easternsierra #california #landscapephotography #astrophotography

 

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Adam Ondra's Historic Free Climb of El Capitan

I was wondering who would be climbing El Capitan at night, but when you have a record to break, every minute is precious. I learned after my workshop last week that we had captured Adam Ondra on his record-breaking free climb of El Capitan on the night of November 15.

+Outside Magazine has the full story:
How Adam Ondra Pulled Off the Dawn Wall
http://www.outsideonline.com/2138561/how-adam-ondra-pulled-dawn-wall

#AdamOndra #climbing #Yosemite #ElCapitan #news #nightphotography #photographyworkshop #landscapephotography

 

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