Anza-Borrego Superbloom Roadtrip
In March of this year you may have heard about the amazing superbloom happening in the south west desert. Chris and I were itching for a camping trip and our 10 year anniversary was coming up. We decided to take a long weekend and go for an impromptu road trip. We left on a Thursday afternoon and drove down to near Los Angeles, we spent the first night in a road hotel, not the most glorious of places but sometimes that’s ok. The next morning we got an early start, making our way south to the Anza-Borrego state park for the superbloom of the century.
Photographing our trip
Whenever we go somewhere adventurous that doesn’t involve long distance backpacking I bring my camera & gear. I’ve developed a real love for the desert, I never knew there were so many flowers that bloomed in a desert. Desert flowers are such a strong reminder that thriving in even the most difficult circumstances is possible.
“The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life forms. Love flowers best in openness and freedom.” – Edward Abbey
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Waking up just before the sun comes up is one of my favorite things about camping. Catching the dawn and the sunrise.
We made a slight detour on our way north and stopped at the Salton Sea, a salt water sea that is loosing water yearly. The trees around the lake have died, and there are abandoned houses, and streets. The smell was pretty awful, but it was worth the trip. I’ve never seen another place like this in my life. The shoreline is hard packed, and covered in shells and fish bones.
On the last night of our trip we stayed in a little valley near a desert wash. A dog came and visited us at our camp site, she was drinking from the spring stream water.
This takes the top of my favorite sunrise views so far.
Last stop on our trip, we stopped at the poppy flower fields, I’ve never seen so many flowers in one place. It was stunning.
Do you have a place that you have traveled to that I should check out? Let me know in the comments. Oh and, obviously I love traveling, so if you ever want me to come see your area for a shoot just let me know. Happy trails.
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