2011 Trips - ericemerson.photography

2011 Trips

Bryce, Zion, Valley of Fire, and Death Valley -- November 1-13, 2011

These shots were taken during a trip to Utah for a photography workshop in Bryce and Zion National Parks. On the way back I stopped in Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park, then headed for Death Valley for 3 days of camping and photography with the Sierra Club. Trip highlight - The Narrows in Zion without a doubt.

Eastern Sierra Fall Color -- October 11-17, 2011

These shots were taken during a 7-day trip to the eastern Sierra with friends and fellow photographers. The time was split between numerous locations, always looking to find the best light and color. Thanks to all who joined on the wonderful trip.


Summer Hikes in the Sierra -- August - September, 2011

These shots were taken during the summer on various hikes in the Sierra Nevada with friends. They include hikes to Mt. Tallac's summit, Dardanelles Lake, Horsetail Falls, and Wrights Lake hikes to Tyler, Grouse and the Enchanted Pools.


Pacific Northwest Trip -- July 10 - 21, 2011

This trip was all about photography. Two friends and I began on the northern California coast at Crescent City, then up the Oregon coast for a couple days. We then headed for the Olympic Peninsula for three days followed by Mt. Rainier NP. Alas, this year, the wild flower show at Rainer was still a month away! Wonderful shots nonetheless!!!

Maui Trip -- June 13 - 24, 2011

In 2010 I explored the big island and Kauai, so for 201 I decided on Maui. All I can say is Wow!!! I spent the first 4 days on the east side exploring the Hana area beaches, waterfalls, and Haleakala's bamboo forest. Then it was on the the west side to meet with friends for lots of exploring, hiking and exploring. You just can not beat the sunsets and sunrises here in the islands.

Yosemite in Spring -- May 9 - 11, 2011

My annual spring trip to Yosemite, and one of my absolute favorite photography sites. The Dogwood blooms were spectacular this year and I spent a good deal of time looking for really nice blooms in interesting compositions. I'm particularly pleased with the close-ups. Some wonderful water cascade and sunrise/sunset shots as well.

Table Mountain in Spring -- April 22, 2011

April is a wonderful time to visit Table Mountain, near Oroville, CA. On this visit I was hiking with two friends, Randy and Ed. Our turn-around point was the cavern under Phantom Falls on the North Table. The hike began with very gray flat skies but that changed for the better toward the end of the day.

Poppies, Deserts, and the Grand Canyon -- March 30 - April 6, 2011

Spring is a great time to visit the desert SW. On this trip I travelled through southern California (Antelope Valley Poppy fields, Joshua Tree NP, and Anza-Borrego SP). Then on to southern Arizona (Organ Pipe Cactus NM and Saguaro NP in Tucson). Wrapped it up with photography on the south rim and then a hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back - whew!!!

Canadian Rockies in Winter -- January 26-30, 2011

These photos were taken during a 5-day winter photography tour in the Canadian Rockies, including Banff National Park and nearby wilderness areas. A lot of our time was spent on the ice covered Lake Abraham and in various areas along the Ice Field Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper.

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