2014 Trips - ericemerson.photography

2014 Trips

Eastern Sierra Hikes and Fall Color - October 6-11, 2014

I spent 5 days in the Bishop and June Lake areas hiking with friends. We hiked three of the very best hikes in the area: 1) South Lake to Bishop Pass; 2) Virginia Lakes to the pass and back, and 3) Around Saddlebag Lake. On the last day there I managed to spend some time in Lundy Canyon for fall color photography before heading back home.

Iceland Photography Tour - September 12-20, 2014

These shots were taken during a photography tour of Iceland sponsored by Shiv Verma Photography. Given the length of the tour we visited only the southern sections of the island but believe me there was more than enough amazing scenery to keep us busy shooting. From auroras to waterfalls to glacial lagoons it seemed we were almost always in a state of awe.

Bishop, Bristlecones, Mono and Bodie - July 16-20, 2014

Photography trip with friends to the eastern Sierra. Our primary goal was to shoot at Bodie, an old ghost town, with private access during the evening and early morning hours as well as inside of Bodie's buildings, something not normally available to the general public. Of course, no photo trip to this area is complete without a visit to the bristlecones in the White Mountains and Mono Lake.

Dubai's Highlights - June 7-9, 2014

Following our African trip we stopped in Dubai on the way back. With only two days available we headed off to see as much as we could. The first day we took cabs and water taxis to various locations, then when it got really hot (108) we headed for the malls. At sunset we went to the  top of the Burj Khalifa. The second day we took a tour by  taxi, then headed to the Dubai Marina for sunset.

Namibia's Sossusvlei Dunes and Big Game - May 25-June 6, 2014

This was a two week photography Tour - Wild Namibia 2014 - led by Ian Plant and Richard Bernabe. We covered much of Namibia's natural beauty during that time, including the spectacular Sossusvlei Red Dunes (including the famous Dead Vlei area), Etosha National Park's big game, and much, much more! This was also my first experience with photographing wild life, especially big game. Great fun!!!

South Africa's Cape Peninsula - May 20, 2014

This was the beginning of a 3-week trip to Africa. We spent 2 1/2 days in Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula, most of it with a local photography guide, James Gradwell. One day was devoted to the Cape Town area and the other to traveling both sides of the cape as far as the Cape of Good Hope.

Mt. Diablo Spring Scenery - May 5, 2014

These are scenes from a hike along the Falls Trail in the NE part of Mt. Diablo State Park. It was a nice cloudy day (but fortunately not rainy) with interesting vistas and several wild flower species with which I was not familiar.

Montezuma Hills and Wind Turbines - April 24 and 27, 2014

The Montezuma Hills are located between Rio Vista and Suisun, only 20 minutes from home. In the spring and early summer this area of rolling hills, wheat fields, and wind turbines presents some very interesting rural scenery.

Spring in Yosemite Valley - April 22-24, 2014

This year the dogwood bloom came in about two weeks earlier than normal but thankfully I learned of it in time for a quick 2-day visit. This is one of my favorite times of year to visit here because of the dogwood and high water flow over the falls and I certainly was not disappointed.

Spring at Table Mountain - April 10, 2014

Despite the lack of rainfall, the wild flower showing this spring has been excellent and Table Mountain is no exception. Lupine, buttercups owl's clover and numerous others were plentiful. While the flowers were spectacular alas the skies were not, just plain blue.

Yosemite in Winter -- January 31-February 2, 2014

These shots were taken during what has become our annual snow shoe trip to Yosemite. Alas, this year mother nature did not provide sufficient snow for us but we did have fresh snow in the valley and wonderful incoming storm conditions for photography on our first day. On our second day we were treated to a fresh blanket of snow while we hiked to Inspiration Point.

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