New York’s Finger Lakes region is filled with a dozen long, deep, and narrow lakes and is one of the more beautiful parts of western New York State. Photograph fall foliage and hundreds of waterfalls in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Streams flowing into the lakes cascade down rolling hills covered with hardwood forests of maple, beech, ash, and birch. Many of the streams that flow into the Finger Lakes drop as much as a hundred feet a mile. Streams flowing from the higher surrounding mountains erode deep canyons. Discover the best times to visit and how to find the best photography in issue #112 - Finger Lakes of New York.
One of the oldest still-standing pioneer homes in southern Arizona is in the village of Cherokee Stronghold. Nearby are the mining towns of Bisbee and Tombstone, Arizona. This issue #148 - South of Tucson, Arizona: Photographing the Sonoran Desert includes a hike into the Chiricahua National Monument through a fantasyland of stone towers and balancing spires. I always look forward to traveling though the Southwest to photograph the great variety of subject matter in an environment that can be hostile and sometimes dangerous with poisonous creatures, spiny cactus, extreme-weather conditions, and questionable roads. This issue also contains a variety of locations from Tucson’s Desert Museum and the Pima Air & Space Museum.
Thirty miles north of the Golden Gate, a hook-shaped peninsula extends from the California coast. Point Reyes offers panoramic images of the land meeting the sea for great photography. Miles of sandy beaches, ocean caves, green meadows, lakes, streams, and waterfalls can be found. Herds of tule elk graze open meadows on a narrow peninsula extending for miles into the Pacific. Capture winter fogs soften Point Reyes landscapes. Horizons disappear and whole forests are lost in the mist. Trails are uncrowded in the winter, my favorite time to photograph Point Reyes National Seashore.
Each spring, the Central Valley of California offers a wildflower display that covers southern deserts, including the Sonoran Deserts, from Organ Pipe National Monument to Anza-Borrego and the Mojave Desert. This photograph was taken on my trip to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in the Mojave Desert near Palmdale. In the 1800s, great fields of poppies grew wild, all over the state. The only large fields left in California are found here, in the western end of the Antelope Valley.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.