While my entire trip has been amazing, Joshua Tree definitely stands out as one of the highlights. Incomprehensible rock formations in every direction, beautiful sunny weather, a nice cooling breeze, blue skies filled with thin, wispy clouds and, of course, Joshua Trees as far as the eye can see. Easily one of the most unique places I’ve visited and I already can’t wait to go back.
"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."
I am in the middle of a road trip. My plan is to visit Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, Death Valley, Joshua Tree and Sedona in the next 10 days. It will be a lot of driving, but I expect it’ll be worth it. I made it to Yosemite safely Monday morning, and have enjoyed exploring and photographing it’s unimaginable beauty. It literally is one-of-a-kind. Although I took many shots that were worthy of Photo of the Week, this one took the cake.
"The mountains are calling and I must go."
Do you see the cool rock formations on top of the darkest mountain off to the right of the photo? That's called Diamond Peak. It's one of my favorite parts of the Lassen Volcanic National Park because of how unique the horizon line is and how seemingly precarious the rocks are balanced up there. Even though I'm sure I'll be gone far before, I imagine eventually they'll either disintegrate, or topple over, and that makes me appreciate them even more.
If you ask me, Manzanita Lake provides some of the best views of Mt. Lassen that there are. The lake would be gorgeous enough on it’s own, but as it is, around almost every bend in the trail that surrounds the lake, there happens to be a breathtaking view of this majestic, snowy mountain. A particularly special section of an incredibly pretty park.
I was going through some of my photos from Europe, and came across this one that I intended to, but never shared with you. I personally love how black and white photography has the ability to increase the contrast and intensity so dramatically. There's just something about it that captivates me differently. In color this photo would be pretty, in B&W it can be felt.
"To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul."