I’ve photographed over two dozen wildflower species in Death Valley National Park so far this month. April should bring even more acreage and species on line, to deliver a well above average year in the park for wildflowers.
The quantity and diversity of wildflowers may not be the most interesting aspect however. Last year’s superbloom delivered a bumper crop of seeds, which multiplied the rodent population, and that has resulted in more sidewinder rattlesnakes than I’ve seen in the park before. I followed a couple of the tracks, but was not able to catch up with any of the snakes.
If you visit the park this spring, watch where you step!
See more of my wildflower photos from Death Valley in my Album 3/21/17.
Some of the following dates are being initially offered on longer workshop packages, with early registration sale prices help me cover fees and deposits:
Jun 17 – Bodie Morning Interiors and Sunset/Milky Way Night Photography Jun 23 – Bodie Milky Way Night Photography July 21 – Bodie Milky Way Night Photography Sept 15 – Bodie Milky Way Night Photography Oct 13 – Bodie Milky Way Night Photography
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!
This was a fun video to shoot. U.K. theme park Alton Towers decided to research an authentic mining town for their Altonville Mine Tours attraction they’re opening this week. We spent one day up in Bodie capturing video, time-lapse footage, stills, interviews and sounds, and this was the result.
The day before the Alton Towers shoot in Bodie it was snowing on us
I’d like to thank the California Film Commission for the quick turnaround on our film permit, Bodie State Historic Park / +California State Parks for supporting the research and production, and +Lori Hibbett for producing sunrise and night time-lapse footage of Bodie’s iconic car on the shoot. The main cameras used for the production were the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D by +Canon USA. Lori uses the Nikon D800E and D750 by +Nikon USA.
Mono Lake / Eastern Sierra Workshop Last Week As I did most of the summer, I held an Eastern Sierra workshop adjacent to my Bodie workshop last weekend, so people could see more of the area and get some practice with night photography before getting to Bodie on Sunday. Summer evenings are often windy, but that doesn't mean that you can't get good sunset shots!