2009 Trips - ericemerson.photography

2009 Trips

Southwest Red Rock and Death Valley -- November 2 - 15, 2009

This was a two-week road trip through the SW US during which I attended two photo workshops and explored much more. I visited five national parks along the way (Great Basin, Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, and Death Valley), Dead Horse Point SP, Monument Valley, Upper Antelope Canyon, and Valley of Fire SP. I wish I could have spent two weeks in each location!

Fall Color in Northern California -- October 22 - 24, 2009

These are photos I took while exploring the Lake Tahoe and Plumas County areas with a friend and with the Sierra Club photography section on an outing to Nevada City.


Arches and Canyonlands National Parks -- October 3 - 10, 2009

These are photos I took while hiking in the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and the Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, UT. Paul, Bruce, Moody and I covered some 50 miles of trails during our stay. The weather was perfect and, even better, we had great clouds most of the time.

Black Rock Desert Workshop -- September 25 - 27, 2009

This was a Sierra Club photo workshop led by Graham Stafford of the Great Basin Chapter. It was my first experience in this area and I have to say I am hooked! Graham did a great job showing six of us around one of his favorite places on earth. Driving the playa was an awesome experience.

Jug Handle Workshop on Mendocino Coast -- July 10-12, 2009

This workshop was held at the Jug Handle Creek Farm near Casper, CA and was sponsored by the Sierra Club Motherlode Chapter. We shot at the beach near the farm, the Mendocino Headlands, and the sand dunes in northern MacKerricher State Park.

Nicaragua Active Tour -- May 22-31, 2009

This trip was set up through REI Adventures and included hikes to several volcanoes (active and dormant), kayaking in an Archipelago, sailing the Pacific, and touring many of Nicaragua's beautiful cities and parks. We had a great group of 7 people and great guides during our excursions.


Yosemite Spring Workshop -- May 5-9, 2009

This was a workshop in Yosemite Valley led by Gary Hart and assisted by Don Smith, both highly experienced professional landscape photographers. This was my first time in a workshop of this caliber and I must say that I think the experience will make a huge difference in my future work. I hope you like these shots - I am especially pleased with the moonbow shot and the dogwood compositions.

California Central Coast Trip -- April 19-21, 2009

First stop on this trip was sunset at Point Lobos. The next day I started with sunrise on the Sur coast and later at Garrapata Beach. Late morning brought me to Rocky Point. The evening of my second day was at Montana De Oro State Beach. The rocky coast line, easy access, and a great sunset made for a wonderful evening. The third day of my trip was spent in the sand where I was able to shoot some in Guadalupe (Nipomo Dunes) and several areas on Vandenberg AFB.

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