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Nutirwik Creek Aurora

Nutirwik Creek, Brooks Range, Alaska.

Nutirwik Creek, Brooks Range, Alaska.

This is looking the opposite direction up Nutirwik Creek from yesterdays photo.  It is interesting how different the colors in the aurora looked the other direction.

I can’t wait to get back for more!  I’m going to be in the area for four more nights in late August and early September, as part of a polar bear and autumn color photo tour I’ll be guiding for friend Hugh Rose.  With just 5 guests, and timed to hit the amazing autumn colors in the Brooks Range, I think this will be a great trip.  Throw in more auroras, and it could also be one colorful trip!

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Brooks Range Aurora

Aurora over Nutirwik Creek in the heart of the Brooks Range, Alaska.

Aurora over Nutirwik Creek in the heart of the Brooks Range, Alaska.

Another Aurora Borealis from last weeks tour in the Brooks Range.

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Dillon Mountain Aurora

Aurora borealis over Dillon Mountain in the Alaska Brooks Range.

Aurora borealis over Dillon Mountain in the Alaska Brooks Range.

Back from an amazing trip well north of the Arctic Circle into the Alaska Brooks Range as part of an awesome Aurora photo tour.  This was one of the first nights – it got better every night, culminating with a coupe of hours of the best Aurora I have ever photographed!  I’ll share more in the days to come.

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Home and Gone

Aerial of my hometown of Seward, Alaska from this past fall.

Aerial of my hometown of Seward, Alaska from this past fall.

Well I’m already off – heading North of the Arctic Circle to co-lead an Aurora Photo Tour.  I won’t have internet, so I’ll be out of touch for about 10 days.  See you on the backside!

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Cactus Sunrise

Anza-Borrego from earlier this week.

Anza-Borrego from earlier this week.

I’m posting from the Phoenix Airport waiting for my flight back to Alaska.  It was a great six weeks in the desert.

I’m only home for two very busy days – we have a unusually large back-load of prints to prepare and ship during these two days – not sure why the increase, but no complaints!  And thanks for your patience!

Then I’m off to the Arctic to co-lead an Aurora photo tour with Hugh Rose.  Should be a great trip!  I know most of the guests, and it will be a fun group.

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Glorietta Canyon

Chuparosa in Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Arizona.

Chuparosa in Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

This was about an hour ago.

Wrapped up another fun workshop yesterday without the challenges of the rain when had the previous weekend  After watching everyone else photograph, I was excited to get back out there this morning.

Here is my last update on the Anza-Borrego Desert wildflowers.  There are still pretty good patches along Henderson Canyon Road, but with temps nearing 90 degrees, lot of foot traffic and a few caterpillars, there best days do seem to be behind them.  There are lots of blooming cactus to be found in many areas – Glorietta Canyon is probably one of the more productive locations.  Otherwise, most of the other areas have now faded or been gobbled up by caterpillars.

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More Desert Wildflowers

Borrego Palm Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

Borrego Palm Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

How is that for a creative title!

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Borrego Desert Wildflowers

Desert Wildflower, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

Desert Wildflower, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

Last night I finally had clouds to the north.  You see, the desert gold all faces towards the south, so the fields look much thicker and richer when viewed looking towards the north.

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Borrego Sunset

Sunset, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

Sunset, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

Recent sunset in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Sunday through Monday we received almost another half a inch of rain – made for some challenging conditions for my workshop, but could benefit the wildflowers going forward.

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Borrego Palm Canyon

Borrego Palm Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

Borrego Palm Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

Another new one from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

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Borrego Wildflowers

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

 

 

Another desert wildflower image from this week.

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Anza-Borrego Wildflower Update 2015

Desert wildflowers, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California.

Desert wildflowers, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California.

This was last night – things are looking good!  With much cooler temperatures in the weekend forecast, along with clouds and rain, the wildflowers could be looking good for the next week or two, with the cactus blooms lasting longer.  Unfortunately, wind is also in the forecast, that won’t help.  So where are the best wildflowers?

This image is near the east end of Henderson Canyon Road – this area is looking very nice, with lots of desert gold still emerging, along with plenty of verbena, primrose and even desert lilies.  Plus, I didn’t see any caterpillars.

All along the mountains to the west of Borrego Springs seem to be the other best area.  You will find a wide variety of wildflowers, including lots of blooming cactus, and this is really early for them!

Some areas that are good include Henderson Canyon.  Take Henderson Road to the West until it ends at the junction with Borrego Springs Road.  Then you can take a dirt road for another half mile or so to the west.  Lots of variety up there including blooming ocotillo, barrel and beaver-tail cactus.

Good variety in Borrego Palm Canyon.  There is very little brittlebush in bloom on the hills, but plenty in the washes.

Around the visitor center is nice – try the walk from the visitor center to the campground.  I’m going to check out Hellhole and Glorietta Canyons today – Glorietta has been looking good, I’m sure it is only getting better.  I have heard Hellhole and nearby Surprise are good, and that would make sense.

I’m seeing very few caterpillars at the base of the mountains.  The soil is fairly coarse and rocky here, and I think that might be why.  The animal doing the damage is the White-Lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillar.  A retired biology professor who lives in town tells me these caterpillars will dig a couple feet into the ground.  I’m thinking these little guys need sand to burrow.

So the caterpillars wiped out the beginning stretches of Coyote Canyon, but further up the road had some variety, particularly lots of blooming beaver-tail cactus.

Finally, some of the fields along DiGiorgio Road near Henderson Canyon are pretty thick with sand-verbena.  Unfortunately, the non verbena plants were crawling with caterpillars this morning, and I have a feeling these little guys might switch to verbena once the other plants are gone, so this area might not last long.

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