Leave No Trace

Dry rivulets in cracked mud at Clark Dry Lake, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California; October 2018.

I think most landscape and nature photographers who are passionate about their subjects (ie., not just the number of social media followers…) easily align with causes like Leave No Trace and Nature First, and readily embrace their principles — most likely without even thinking about it. Caring for the places, creatures and things that we photograph is simply the right thing to do.

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It’s the plants, stupid

Flower cluster of Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliosum (California Buckwheat, Eastern Mojave Buckwheat, Flat-top Buckwheat). Escondido, California, August 2018.

Whenever I use a big(ger) lens to photograph plants, people who are walking by assume that they’re missing out on some wildlife that I’m trying to make a photo of — and when they inquire, they’re surprised that it is plants that I photograph with my 70-300mm (relatively harmless in terms of size) or my 200-500mm (which has the name “Big Bertha” for a reason).

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