The best way to get great photos is simply to go get them.  Put yourself in the right place at the right time.

Clambering up a ridge to get a distinct vantage point pays off here in the Creosote Bush Scrub habitat of the Sonoran Desert.

Creosote Bush on ridge in Anza-Borrego Desert with flowering Brittle Bush

For landscape photography that means being on location at dawn.  Often I rise well before dawn to get to a garden, but for wild lands and nature photography that means camping.

Car parked in Sonoran Desert at Anza Borrego California State Park, with Vehicles Stay on Roads sign

Here, car camping by a dirt road in Anza-Borrego State Desert Park in Southern California I can be shooting within five minutes of waking with the first light.

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Just as the best sunset photos come just after the sun has slipped below the horizon, sunrise is best before the actual dawn. Yes, I was lucky to have some clouds to work with that morning – but I was there.

After sunrise the light is quite warm and golden. Turning away from the sun the side light shows a fresh clean morning.  This next photo was taken 12 minutes after the predawn cloud photo. Note only a slight hint of color in the wispy clouds.

Morning light in Sonoran Desert at Anza-Borrego California State Park

The color of light quickly changes, but coming low from the side is a great way to feature hardscape and mountains.

This is Coyote Mountain and is the same mountain in the distance of the golden dawn photo above, only photo 20 minutes apart.

Coyote Mountain in Sonoran Desert at Anza Borrego California State Park

I have now been twice in two weeks to see the superbloom of wildflowers in the Southern California Sonoran Desert, at Anza-Borrego State Park.  I am astonished and thrilled by what I found.  Here is a gallery from the first shoot.

Watch for a longer article of the entire shoot soon.

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