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Get Yourself Some Popcorn Joshua Tree National Park

“Of course life is bizarre, the more bizarre it gets, the more interesting it is. The only way to approach it is to make yourself some popcorn and enjoy the show.”


Joshua Tree National Park is a mosaic of surreal landscapes...whimsically strange, filled with unexpected and bizarre elements; a photographers dreamscape. Poised at the edge of Barker Dam on a perfectly still morning, I waited as the sun rose and the rocks lit up like a Roman candle providing perfect reflections of gnarled unique trees, grasses and rocks on the water. I didn’t make myself some popcorn, but I sure enjoyed the show!


Jeff Sullivan, is a talented, creative photographer who instructed us during the Mountain High Joshua Tree Workshop. Jeff is the “King of the Comp”. Seriously, he could find an amazing composition in pretty much any scene. He was the workshop scout, our drone. Often he would disappear, only to return a short time later with another fabulous location for a photo. He encouraged us to see the scenes from different perspectives—down low, up high, on our backs, stomachs and sides contorting our bodies to find the interesting or even bizarre angles. In this photo Jeff challenged us to do something with the tree. Walking about, I noticed the reflection was particularly good from this perspective, especially with the morning's first rays touching the top of the rocks. I improved the creativity of my images by seeing how Jeff sees!


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Taken on March 25, 2010