112 Photos - Jan 23, 2014
Photo: Night in the Mojave - Joshua trees are an indicator species for the Mojave Desert ecosystem, stretching from Southern California into Nevada, Arizona and Utah.  www.JeffSullivanPhotography.comPhoto: Sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park, California.  I didn't like original version s of this photo, but using the latest version of Photomatix with the direct interface to Adobe Lightroom for pre and post processing, it turns out pretty well.  As i work out the final layout this week, I may use a shot like this as the Joshua Tree chapter header image for my upcoming guidebook to Southern California landscape photography.Photo: Mojave Desert, California, Spring 2011Photo: Cedar Canyon RoadPhoto: Joshua Tree National Park, CaliforniaPhoto: Photo: Kelso Dunes sunset
March 2010Photo: JPhoto: Late afternoon winter light in Red Rock Canyon State Park, California.Photo: Kelso Dunes at sunset, Mojave National PreservePhoto: Evening light in Joshua TreePhoto: Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve, California.Photo: Natural Arch in Joshua Tree National Park, CaliforniaPhoto: Kelso Dunes, Mojave National PreservePhoto: Photo: Joshua trees in dusty golden hour lightPhoto: Joshua tree in red dunesPhoto: Joshua trees are an indicator species fo the Mojave Desert ecosystemPhoto: Granite obelisk and juniper tree, Mojave DesertPhoto: Cactus and granite in golden hour lightPhoto: March 2008Photo: Light painting at an old mining camp in the Mojave DesertPhoto: Desert dandelions in a lava field in the Mojave DesertPhoto: Into the Sunset - Mojave national Preserve, California.Photo: Arch at dawnPhoto: Pterodactyl ArchPhoto: Kelso Dunes and the Providence Mountains at sunset, Mojave National PreservePhoto: Water in the desertPhoto: Photo: Sand dunes in the Mojave DesertPhoto: Lone bush in a harsh landscapePhoto: Colorful eroded mineralsPhoto: Joshua tree silhouettePhoto: Snow storm in the Joshua treesPhoto: Sand Dunes in Mojave National Preserve, CaliforniaPhoto: Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve, January 2009Photo: Kelso Dunes in Mojave National Preserve, before dawn on January 27, 2009. Single exposure,non-HDR version.  The camera can't "see" like our eyes do, changing exposure for the foreground and for the sky, so it's sometimes necessary to use multiple camera exposures to create an image closer to what our mind pieces together from looking around a scene.Photo: Bighorn sheepPhoto: Red rocks and Joshua treesPhoto: Spring in the desertPhoto: Converging lines at sunsetPhoto: Slot canyonPhoto: Sidewinder tracks.  The sidewinder is a type of rattlesnake which avoids hot sand by placing part of his body short distance forward  through the air, then bringing the rest of his body to that spot also skipping the ground, leaving imprints of his body a regular intervals.  Sidewinders live in sand dunes and bury themselves in the sand to avoid heat and ambush prey, so you have to be careful not to step on them.  

You can see in these tracks imprints of the snake's flat belly scales, and in between the body imprints, places where his rattle hit the ground.Photo: Godlfields and California poppiesPhoto: Joshua Tree National Park, CaliforniaPhoto: Hiking trail in Mojave National Preserve, CaliforniaPhoto: Cinder conePhoto: Joshua tree and full moon rise.Photo: Desert sunflowers and a volcanic cinder cone in the Mojave Desert.Photo: Joshua trees over an eroded Mojave Desert landscapePhoto: Joshua Trees along the entrance road from Lone Pine in Death Valley National Park.Photo: Mojave National Preserve, January 2009.Photo: Spring flowers, goldfields and lupine, in the Mojave DesertPhoto: Winter in the Joshua treesPhoto: Old church in the desertPhoto: Goldfields blooming in Spring.Photo: Abandoned minePhoto: Photo: Mojave National preserve, January 2009.Photo: Joshua Tree National Park is a great place to visit but at night the surrounding cities flood the skies with light pollution.  If I remember correctly, the white clouds in the cetner are lit up by the town of Twentynine Palms.Photo: Abandoned spaPhoto: Abandoned housePhoto: Joshua trees in Red Rock Canyon State Park, CaliforniaPhoto: Limestone cavePhoto: Gopher snakePhoto: Chuckwalla, basking in the sun to digest his meal of flowersPhoto: Ghost town of Ballarat, CaliforniaPhoto: A black widow spider keeps this park's pit toilet clear of fliesPhoto: The R-2508 Special Use Airspace Complex includes all the airspace and associated land presently used and managed for military activities in the Upper Mojave Desert region. Uses of these areas include bombing ranges, supersonic corridors, low altitude high speed maneuvers, radar intercept areas, refueling areas, and sneaking up on photographers.  www.JeffSullivanPhotography.comPhoto: The Mojave Air and Space Port is an airport, a storage and dismantling facility for retired aircraft, and it is a popular filming location for movies. "We eat explosions for breakfast"Photo: Gotcha!  They try to sneak up on you by flying close to the speed of sound, but I always have a camera ready.Photo: Abandoned mine in the MojavePhoto: An old cafe along historic Route 66.Photo: Why I tend not to upload petroglyph photos...  E=MC squared...  history being defaced and destroyed at a horrific rate.Photo: Dry lake bed in the Mojave DesertPhoto: Wildflowers in a canyon in the Mojave DesertPhoto: Photo: Open road in the Mojave DesertPhoto: Yucca blossom, Joshua Tree National ParkPhoto: Dry lake bed in the Mojave DesertPhoto: A broken road on a dry lake bed in the Mojave DesertPhoto: January 2009Photo: Orion over Joshua Tree National Park
February 2008Photo: Cholla Garden, Joshua Tree National ParkPhoto: Night in Joshua Tree National Park
February 2008Photo: Wildflowers near the road to Kennedy Meadows in the Eastern Sierra near MojavePhoto: Stars over Joshua Tree National Park
February 2008Photo: Chuckwalla near AmboyPhoto: I Wonder What's Up There?
I do a fair amount of research and planning before heading out on a long road trip, but some of my best finds have come from seeing a road heading somewhere promising, and seeing where it leads. The road I had planned on taking was rough, with places where previous vehicles had gotten stuck in the sand, then it turned into too much of a Jeep trail (perhaps better for short wheelbase 4WD vehicles than a stock SUV), so I stopped for the night. This morning I'll take a side road towards these mountains. There's no telling what I might find, but they say it's the journey that matters, and when exploring old mining roads out in the desert, that's almost guaranteed not to be dull.Photo: Hanging RoundPhoto: Rock obelisk and juniperPhoto: Canyon in Death Valley National Park.  Image captured on an iPhone 5S.Photo: LavaPhoto: Britlebush in the Mojave DesertPhoto: Photo: Arch and peaks, Mojave DesertPhoto: Photo: Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree National ParkPhoto: Panorama of Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree National ParkPhoto: Fate of an endangered species... this California desert tortoise was more endangered than mostPhoto: Desert peak panorama, Mojave DesertPhoto: Desert dandelions in the Mojave DesertPhoto: Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree National ParkPhoto: Road up a slot canyon, Mojave DesertPhoto: Beavertail cactus in bloom, Joshua Tree National ParkPhoto: Cactus and granite, Mojave Natioanl PreservePhoto: Photo: Lava dry fall, end of this roadPhoto: Dry lakePhoto: Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree National ParkPhoto: Where to?Photo: Graffiti along Route 66 near Amboy.  Blog post: http://activesole.blogspot.com/2015/05/route-66-in-mojave-desert.html