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Night Photography In The California Desert

Night Photography In The California Desert

 

 

Desert night photography is as unpredictable as any dark venture. As long as you do not mind the sticky vegetation, invasive insects and reptilian creatures hanging out with you in the California desert, you had better prepare for a few smiles in the evening process.

Often, it really does not take much more than a flimsy gown, a fringy shawl and a few desiccated trees and scrubby shrubs to turn the prickly atmosphere into euphoria. Add a willing model and the focus is switched – woman in nature, Viola! Twilight will take care of the sky and when that is over, swing those flashlights into high gear, or, low gear, which results in a more controllable paint job. But this stuff is not work. If the model is the lighthearted variety, expect uncontrollable laughter and effervescent giggles to battle the evening calm as she dances through the moonlight evening.

And, oh, it is so calm.

The stars, ever so bright, will bless your night masquerade with twinkles that city folks can only fantasize about.

For more on desert photography, see also:

 

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/reflecting-desert-city-cycling/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/california-drought-mother-earth-cracking-up/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/from-mecca-to-the-sea/

 

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Scout A Location For Desert Night Photography Before Dark                  ©heather simonds

 

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Light-painted Tree In Desert Night Photography                ©heather simonds

 

Tree Musings At Night         ©heather simonds
Add A Fun Model To Monochrome Desert Night Photography                   ©heather simonds

 

Tree Musings At Night         ©heather simonds
Make Model Enjoy Tree Musings At Night By Candlelight Over And Over Until You Get It Right           ©heather simonds

 

Tree Musings At Night         ©heather simonds
Play With Props In Night Photography                  ©heather simonds
Tree Musings At Night         ©heather simonds
Desert Night Photography – Dancing In The Moonlight                   ©heather simonds

California Drought – Mother Earth Is Cracking Up

California Drought – Mother Earth Is Cracking Up

 

California droughts do not always get folks excited but this one has people by the throats. Gasp! Sputter! Gag! It is dry out there.

Don’t you agree that droughts come at the peskiest of times. Just when global warming intersects the desiccated landscape with a creeping thud, the landscape splinters and opens up. At turtle speed, slow and steady, the skin of Mother Earth wrinkles up, first hairlines and then fissures. She is cracking up but this is not a laughing matter. When Mother Earth is not happy the consequences are not always nice and the longer this one crinkles on, the more severe the consequences. Palo Verde weep, Cholla Cacti choke, wildflowers wither, Smoke Trees take up the habit in despair.

A snail’s pace earthquake erupts into moisture depleted crevices across the landscape. Turn the sprinklers off and head for the shade. Extreme times are in the forecast and only the adapted are prepared.

 

For more on desertification and the California drought effects, see also:

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/salton-sea-california-in-jeopardy/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/bombay-beach-salton-sea-for-a-different-nostalgia/

 

 

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Eeking Out A Life In A California Drought            ©heather simonds

 

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Backlit Cholla Cactus            ©heather simonds

 

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California Drought, It Has Not Rained In A Long While                 ©heather simonds

 

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Droughts Make Hardscrabble Desert Living                                ©heather simonds

 

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Lone Palo Verde Tree in California Drought                         ©heather simonds

 

 

 

Spring Equinox Flowers

Spring Equinox

 

…. the wolf and the lamb
the lion and the deer
far away yet together

look at the unity of this
spring and winter
manifested in the equinox

you too must mingle my friends
since the earth and the sky
are mingled just for you and me ….

Rumi

 

 

It is Spring Equinox and the flowers are prime, if only in the grocery store for some folks. Enjoy the prickle and the bloom, where ever you are.

If you want more inspiration for late winter solstice:

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/winter-solstice-shadow-creativity/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/vietnamese-new-year-traditions/

 

Spring Equinox flowers
Porcupine Cactus Embraces The Vista              ©heather simonds

 

 

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Joshua Tree Embraces The Vista          ©heather simonds

 

California outdoors travel
Porcupine Cactus Embraces The Vista          ©heather simonds

 

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Cholla Cactus Embraces The Vista           ©heather simonds

 

California Cholla Cactus
Porcupine Cactus Embraces The Vista ©heather simonds

Joshua Tree National Park Evening Sky Beckons

Joshua Tree National Park Evening Sky Beckons

 

Joshua Tree National Park evening sky is a peculiar and atypical place.

Strange trees, geologic wonders, high desert, giant marbles, San Andreas Fault, cold nights, weathered granite, indigenous birds and mammals all await. A rock climber and scrambler mecca, and, for regular folks, just plain fascinating. Joshua Trees or Yucca brevifolia share the desert floor with lesser hardscrabble flora. Scrubby Cholla cacti endear with their teddy bear features, gripping their claws into the desert sand. Occatillos vacillate between dead and green throughout the seasons, depending on rainfall, their promiscuous tendrils wielding the desiccated air.

Merely an hour drive above the low Colorado Desert, Joshua Tree National Park can be easily accommodated from the Palm Springs resort area. A last minute decision to take in a stroll before evening light descends could still have you comfortably settled in for some night images. If you stop in any of the hearty cafes bordering the park entrance, you can waddle out with memories of that double chocolate brownie the size of a man’s fist, drowning in a snowball of vanilla ice cream, as you disembark into a surreal world of boulders, cacti and overreaching Joshua Trees. Hit the trails before the urge to snooze smothers your original intention to take in a cacti infested desert walk.

The otherworldly trip is worth it.

 

For more on the otherworldliness of cacti, see:

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/joshua-trees-reaching-to-heaven/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/what-is-tall-and-spiky-and-has-75-year-old-arms/

 

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Keys View Look To San Jacinto Mountains ©heather simonds

 

California outdoors travel
Joshua Tree Embraces The Landscape            ©heather simonds

 

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Hike Nature Trails At Joshua Tree               ©heather simonds

 

California outdoors travel
Joshua Tree Late Evening ©heather simonds

 

California outdoors travel
Joshua Tree National Park Sunset                 ©heather simonds