Fossil Canyon Impressions

Fresh green annuals, hardy shrubs and a Velvet Mallow (Horsfordia newberryii) in a bed of rocks, contained by the sandstone walls of Fossil Canyon, Coyote Mountains Wilderness, California; December 2022.

It’s always a struggle to also do the documentary aspects of photography justice, or perhaps trying to balance honest images with photographic twilight dreamscapes isn’t really possible anyway. My recent desert landscape photos, my ode to clear skies and the reflected twilight glow, the intimate little details in soft and even light, flower and plant close-ups shaded with a diffuser… they are a bit misleading.

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New Slot Canyons

Small room with alcoves in desert slot canyon, Coyote Mountains Wilderness, California; January 2022.

Now that I’ve added some colors of spring to the blog, I feel like there’s some balance that allows me to add more desert images. :) The following photos are the “part two” from a desert hike in the Coyote Mountains Wilderness in January. In part one, I mentioned that I had set out to explore some spots that looked like potential slot canyons — and this is the result of that exploration.

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