- 005 - The California Desert in Spring
005 - The California Desert in Spring
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Updated - September 2010 / with color photos
This newsletter points out the locations for the best photography of spring wildflowers in southern California deserts. Joshua Tree National Park is described in detail so that you do not miss the Hidden Valley Trail in Joshua Tree.
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Macro photography of desert wildflowers in the spring is the subject of this newsletter. The spring wildflower season starts in February on the lower deserts of Southern California. The low deserts of Anza-Borrego State Park, almost on the Mexican border, are usually the first places to see the arrival of spring color. Hotlines will help you pin down the exact dates to schedule your photo trip into the Southern California deserts. Many other wildflower locations scattered across the Southwestern Deserts are described.
Joshua Tree National Monument, only a few miles east of Palm Springs, California, can be a great place to photograph blankets of poppies, clover, lupine, mallows and small desert sunflowers covering the sandy, dry washes and the rocky hillsides. Even if wildflowers do not appear in great masses, there are many other things to discover in Joshua Tree. Do not miss the Hidden Valley Trail. Macro techniques are explained and recommended equipment, like lenses, close-up flash exposure tips, and low-level camera supports are spelled out.