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Joshua Tree Wildflowers

I went out with one of my advanced students for a private one-on-one lesson in Joshua Tree National Park last week. With the recent rains and subsequent warm weather, I was pretty optimistic that the wildflowers would be bloomin'.

Well...They were.

Desert Dandelions in Joshua Tree National Park

Desert Dandelions in Joshua Tree National Park

Desert Dandelions in Joshua Tree National Park

We saw all sorts of flowers on the drive in, but we decided to stop and shoot at a location in the south end of the park where Desert Dandelions blanketed the ground near a beautiful overlook of the Pinto Basin and Pinto Mountains to the North. The stunning colors and views combined with the mild weather and good company of my student made the trip a real pleasure. Had we thought to bring bug repellant, the day would have been perfect! Click the panoramas for larger versions.

Desert Dandelions in Joshua Tree National Park

Desert Dandelions in Joshua Tree National Park

Desert Dandelions in Joshua Tree National Park

Desert Dandelions in Joshua Tree National Park

Desert Dandelions in Joshua Tree National Park

Desert Dandelions in Joshua Tree National Park

Desert Dandelions in Joshua Tree National Park

Desert Dandelions in Joshua Tree National Park

And here's a helpful link for you all where you can check the status of the wildflower bloom throughout the Southwest: http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/wildupdates.html

Mar 20 Anza-Borrego Desert Workshop Results

I was thoroughly reminded of the popularity of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in springtime this past Saturday when I led a group of photographers out to capture the wildflowers. There were a couple of events going on in the city of Borrego Springs and the photographers were out in droves. The visitor center was a zoo, the streets were full, but the scenery was great.

There weren't as many wildflowers in the south end of the park as there were last year, but the north end was looking pretty good with some healthy patches of Sand Verbena, Desert Dandelion and a lot of really fat caterpillars. We photographed these flowers in the north end for a couple hours before heading out to Mine Wash at sunset to capture some of the more classic desert scenery with Cholla Cactus (a.k.a Teddy Bear Cactus) and Ocotillos dotting the landscape. I only took one picture from the day, and here it is:

My group of students were a blast to teach! Thank you all for coming and making this workshop great for me! I hope to see you all again real soon!

For more information on all of my workshops including other Spring Wildflower Workshops, visit www.NickCarverPhotography.com/workshops!