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Another Beautiful Sunset in Joshua Tree

I went out into the park to scout a location for some macro photography of the blooming cactus flowers and decided I’d stay for the sunset.  Here are a couple of the HDR images from the early evening.

Another Joshua Tree Sunset I

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-105mm f/4 L @ f/18, 24mm, HDR 1/160 to 1/3 sec., ISO 100, 04/03/16 @ 20:30 local time

Another Joshua Tree Sunset II

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-105mm f/4 L @ f/18, 32mm, HDR 1/50 to 1/2 sec., ISO 100, 04/03/16 @ 20:36 local time

The Dead Wood Project: The Living and the Dead

The Dead Wood Project: The Living and the Dead

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-105mm f/4 L @ f/18, 24mm, 1/50 sec., ISO 200, 02/26/16 @ 16:49 local time

This is an image that started out as a part of the ‘Dead Wood Project’, but turned into a whole new image as I looked further to the surrounding Joshua Tree landscape.  This is a stitched image containing 12 frames displaying juxtaposed nature, the living Juniper, hidden by the rock formation and the dead standing tall on the top.

Here is a humming bird resting in between feedings on the flowering Pink Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla).  This little gal spent a bunch of time posing for me both in flight and perched.

Humming Bird Perched by Calliandra eriophylla

Canon 7D Mark II, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 S @ f/10, 600mm, 1/2500 sec., ISO 3200, 03/23/16 @ 13:07 local time

Joshua Tree February Sunset

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L @ f/18, 40mm, HDR 1/4 to 1/30 sec., ISO 100, 02/26/16 @ 20:00 local time

Finally, I’m back in Joshua Tree National Park.  It’s so good to be shooting here again.  I’ll take any sunset, here, I can get.  I’ve been away for too long.  This year is going to be a spectacular year for Joshua Tree blooms and wild flowers, so we’ll get to see some exciting images from the Park.

This female humming bird was busily building her nest on this mid February afternoon next to a path in the Phoenix Botanical Gardens.

Humming Bird Nesing

Canon 7D Mark II, Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 S @ f/6.3, 600mm, 1/400 sec., ISO 1250, 02/14/16 @ 12:06 local time