My newsletter issue #113 - Secrets of the Nevada Desert spotlights the many strange red sandstone formations in a place called Little Finland, also known as Hobgoblins’ Playground or Devil’s Fire. Located fourteen miles east of the eastern entrance into Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park. This area is on the other side of Lake Mead in a remote part of the Nevada desert. The nearest town with restaurants and lodging is Mesquite, Nevada. Four-wheel-drive is recommended. Detailed directions with GPS coordinates are supplied, along with thirty photographs of the bizarre formations. If you love photographing the deserts of the Southwest, you must add this place to your list. Four-wheel drive is recommended but a high-clearance vehicle will get you through the sandy washes to the parking area at the edge of a red rock mesa. It’s a 5-minute walk to this strange sculpture.
When there are record rainfalls from northern to southern California, wildflower displays cover southern deserts, including the Sonoran Deserts, from Organ Pipe National Monument to Anza-Borrego and the Mojave Desert. My newsletter issue #089 - Antelope Valley Wildflowers, California is about one of my trips to photograph the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in the Mojave Desert. Get ready for the next spring wildflower season with details on the best locations in Antelope Valley, just north of Los Angeles. This newsletter is full of tips on solving wind problems, choosing the right close-up gear, and finding an up-to-the minute internet wildflower hotline.
To avoid the crowds and explore rain forests, black sand beaches, and snow-covered peaks, head for the Big Island of Hawaii. My newsletter issue #022 - Hawaii: The Big Island directs you to the best places to photograph lava flows on Mauna Loa and waterfalls deep in the tropical jungles. A map pinpoints the best places for photography on the loop road around the island and the back roads that lead to remote beaches or into the mountains. Included are details on shooting the sunken cauldera in the Volcano area, the Hilo area, the Parker Ranch area, and the Kona area. Tropical botanical gardens and the trail to the Pololu Valley are revealed in this issue.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.