The Summer Bristlecone Workshop and Desert Flowers

Well first, from the shameless commercialism division… I was able to schedule dates for this year’s Ancient Bristlecone Pines Photo Workshop.  It will be July 9-12, 2015.  All of the details and particulars are spelled out on the workshop page you can link to from the bottom of the banner above.  It is hard to miss since it is cleverly labeled with the Bristlecone Pines name.

As always, there is limited room due to the limited lodging at the Crooked Creek Research station so if you are interested in participating please let me know ASAP as this particular trip seems to fill up fairly quickly.  As usual we will be hosting this through San Diego City College so we will have both an orientation and a critique session there.

On the subject of workshops I’m also gathering data on the possibility of doing a Fall trip in the break between summer and fall semesters, to Taos, NM to photograph that iconic and visually inspiring area.  I’ll post a page with details probably in April if I can make it happen.

And now back to our program…

I did a rocket run out to the Borrego Springs area to check out the state of the spring wildflower bloom.  The cactus flowers were not blooming yet and the Ocotillo was just getting started.  However along the Henderson Canyon Road the ground flowers were doing fine.  Sand verbina, primrose, daisies, and an army of caterpillars eagerly munching on them were enjoying the warm spring day.

Bouquet of desert wildflowers along the Henderson Canyon Rd.

Bouquet of desert wildflowers along the Henderson Canyon Rd.  Canon 120S

Primrose in Anza Borrego

Primrose in Anza Borrego

Caterpillar munching on desert wildflowers.

Caterpillar munching on desert wildflowers.

In front of the so-called Desert Angel a low carpet of yellow was beautiful.

Wildflower carpet beneath the Desert Angel in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Wildflower carpet beneath the Desert Angel in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

This will not last long but as time goes by then the other flowers higher up will start to come out.  So if you like desert wildflowers, I’d take the first opportunity to go check them out.

 

About ndking

Commercial Photographer and Professor of Photography at San Diego City College
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