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Anza-Borrego Super Bloom

This year’s unusually rainy winter in California brought the state out of a five-year drought and as a result, we saw “super blooms” of desert flowers across the state. My buddy Curtis and I jumped at the chance for an off-the-grid camping trip to one of the hot spots. The pictures below were taken at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with my Canon DSLR and my 120 format Rolleiflex loaded with Fuji Velvia reversal film.

Our camp site on a dry lake bed.

Our camp site on a dry lake bed.

Playing around with some light-writing.   

Playing around with some light-writing.

 

Flowers grow from the desert floor at night.   

Flowers grow from the desert floor at night.

 

james sullivan photography
james sullivan photography
james sullivan photography
james sullivan photography
Shot on Fujifilm Velvia 100, 120 format

Shot on Fujifilm Velvia 100, 120 format

Shot on Fujifilm Velvia 100, 120 format

Shot on Fujifilm Velvia 100, 120 format

james sullivan photography
james sullivan photography

Death Valley

Back in March, I took a quick day trip to Death Valley National Park to see what was left of the rare "super bloom." This year's El Niño made conditions just right for a variety of desert flowers, normally dormant, to bloom in a spectacular explosion of color. I arrived towards the end of the rare event, which last happened in 2005, so the flowers had started to thin out, but in some areas, a wispy carpet of yellow still covered the rocky landscape. 

Death Valley is an incredible place to visit during the springtime when temperatures are more tolerable. At sea level, it was a warm 85*F, but at higher altitude spots, like Dante's View at 5,476 ft., it was easily 20 degrees cooler. I ended my day there, perched on the edge of the mountain, shooting a gorgeous sunset as I looked down on the Badwater Basin, the lowest point in America, at 282 ft. below sea level.

Sand dunes near Stovepipe Wells

Sand dunes near Stovepipe Wells

At sea level

Flowers carpeted the desert floor at lower elevations

A particularly dense patch of flowers flourishes in the shade.

View of Badwater Basin from atop Dante's View 

South Africa

Here are some highlights from my recent trip to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Enjoy.