The Digital Photo Guy

Desert and Mountain Weekend

by on Apr.18, 2011, under Monday Morning Tips

Palm Desert to Laguna Mountains

We visited the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert this past Saturday and stopped in the Laguna Mountains on the way back to San Diego. The Living Desert is a gem of a zoo that has a large walk-in aviary for rehabilitated, non-releasable birds including black capped night herons, egrets, turkey vultures, roadrunners, green herons and several other species. I also enjoy the cactus gardens where, this time of year, many varieties of  cacti are beginning to bloom. Here are some photos from this weekend. Most of these were taken with a 70-200/4 plus a Canon EF 1.4TC. For the flowers and butterfly, I added a 12mm Kenko extension tube.


      California State Butterfly

In the Lagunas, near Warner Springs, I hiked about a mile south on the Pacific Crest Trail to find these large blankets of tidy tips, aka LYJ (little yellow jobbies.) These were the only two photos of any consequence I was able to capture. The remaining 54 ended up on the cutting room floor. These were make with my new 2nd most favorite lens, the Sigma 10-20/3.5-5.6. I wish now I had popped for the 2.8 version.


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2 Comments for this entry

  • Doug

    Hi Lee. Great photos from the Palm Desert Zoo. I sure wish I had been free that weekend to join you.

    • Lee

      Hi Doug,
      It was a good weekend. BTW, I have some new info about the CA Photo Festival this year. You might want to think about it before registering. I’ll send you an e-mail.

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