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Jeff Sullivan
Landscape photographer, author, workshop instructor, filmmaker
Landscape photographer, author, workshop instructor, filmmaker

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Death Valley Wildflowers 2017
I've photographed over two dozen wildflower species in Death Valley National Park so far this month. Last year's superbloom delivered a bumper crop of seeds, which multiplied the rodent population, and that has resulted in more sidewinder rattlesnakes than I've seen in the park before. Watch where you step! I followed a couple of the tracks, but was not able to catch up with any of the snakes. #deathvalley #nationalpark #landscapephotography #California #photographyworkshops

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2017 Bodie Night Photography Workshops Release Sale!
Some of the following dates are being initially offered on longer workshop packages, with early registration sale prices help me cover fees and deposits:

Jun 17 - Bodie Morning Interiors and Sunset/Milky Way Night Photography
Jun 23 - Bodie Milky Way Night Photography
July 21 - Bodie Milky Way Night Photography
Sept 15 - Bodie Milky Way Night Photography
Oct 13 - Bodie Milky Way Night Photography

More details on the packages I'm offering these in, with registration links:

This photo is from one of our first night photography workshops in Bodie , about 25 of them ago, way back in 2012.

#BodieStatePark #nightphotography #workshops #california 

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Where to Shoot Yosemite's Horsetail Fall
Horsetail Fall in Yosemite Valley is backlit by the setting sun for roughly two weeks each year. As the sun falls behind the vertical face of El Capitan...

#Yosemite #landscapephotography #workshops

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2017 Death Valley Photography Workshops
So far I'm planning two trips for spring wildflowers, two for fall:
Mar 1 - 5 - Death Valley Spring Landscapes & Night Photography
Mar 22 - 26 - Death Valley Spring Landscapes & Night Photography
Nov 16 - 19 - Death Valley Landscape & Night Photography - Leonid Meteor Shower
Dec 9 - 13 - Death Valley Landscape & Night Photography - Geminid Meteor Shower

Here's my Death Valley workshop overview page:

I'll get a blog post up shortly with info on the ones in March, and add that link here. I live 3 hours from the park, and I've been exploring Death Valley several times per year for eleven years! If you can't join me but want to explore the park, my 320-page guidebook “Photographing California Vol. 2 – South” includes 40+ locations in Death Valley.

#deathvalley   #photographyworkshops

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Joshua Trees at Sunset
I don't usually think of Joshua trees as a "cloud forest" species, but in the winter when they get most of their moisture, a lot of them live up where they are in the clouds of oncoming storms. Although they are clearly a desert species, it's high desert, and much of the moisture falls as snow. This lengthens the time when the moisture can soak into the soil.

Joshua trees are an indicator species for the Mojave Desert ecosystem. They have been declining in geographical extent for thousands of years. One contributing factor may be the extinction of the giant ground sloth, which spread Joshua tree seeds, but disappeared around the time that humans arrived on the continent. As climate change shortens winters and raises snow levels, that may accelerate their decline.
#joshuatrees   #landscapephotography   #DeathValley   #MojaveDesert  

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Bodie's 193 earthquakes over 1.5 Magnitude
The shaking in Bodie continues! When I search the USGS site for earthquakes 1.5 and over, it shows 193 in the past week.

Apparently some windows have broken, some brick buildings have been damaged, so the park has been closed through Sunday so the damage can be assessed and buildings stabilized. The activity could last two months, so there is the possibility of strong aftershocks as well.

For photos of the historic town of Bodie, see my album with over 400:
Photo usage permission may be granted with appropriate credit, so contact me with any requests.

#earthquakes   #Hawthorne   #Nevada   #science   #news  

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Sixty-Three Earthquakes Near Bodie Last Night!
The USGS reports 63 earthquakes between Bridgeport and Hawthorne last night, clustered around Bodie Creek, north of the historic town sites of Aurora and Bodie. The earthquakes included two of magnitude 5.7 and one of 5.5, in an area about 10 miles downstream from the town of Bodie, California.

By coincidence I was editing this sunset photo from Hawthorne last night, captured on my way back from Utah last month. Walker Lake is important for migrating and nesting birds such as pelicans, but in recent years the lake level dropped significantly due to excessive diversions for agriculture. All fish including the Lahontan Cutthroat trout living in the lake have died as the lake level dropped and the lake's mineral content and alkalinity rose. It is still used for water by bighorn sheep in the neighboring mountains.

One of the largest employers in Hawthorne is the U.S. Army, which stores and dismantles old bombs and ammunition there. How would you like to be working on a 700-pound bomb during a 5.7 earthquake?

#Nevada   #landscapephotography   #Hawthorne   #walkerlake  

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Candlelight Vigils in Every State Sunday Night
Photographers, these events could make for some interesting and historic photos, in this most interesting of recent elections.

#news   #photojournalism    #politics   #electoralcollege  

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Blue Hour at Mono Lake
After the "super moon" rise at Mono Lake last month, I stayed to get a blue hour photo of these tufa rock formations, back-lit by the light of the full moon. I entered this and several other photos in the annual calendar contest conducted by the +Mono Lake Committee... fingers crossed! #landscapephotography #photographyworkshops #monolake #california #easternsierrs  

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
As I look towards possibly leading workshops in Grand Teton National Park in 2017, I've updated some of the edits on my photos from my past visits to the park.

#landscapephotography   #photographyworkshops   #grandteton   #nationalpark  
Grand Teton National Park
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