2015 Trips - ericemerson.photography

2015 Trips

Eastern Utah Fall Road Trip - Oct 24-Nov 3, 2015

I haven't been to the Moab area in quite a while so it was good to get back. We started by driving from St. George, then along scenic Hwy 12 through Boulder, Capitol Reef, then over to Moab. Our time in Moab was spent in Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, and the Colorado Riverway. From there we headed for Monument Valley, various locations in the Page AP area, and finally Zion NP. We capped the trip off with a fun overnight visit to Las Vegas.

Bishop Fall Color Trip - October 4-9, 2015

This trip has become somewhat of an annual event to do some hiking and explore the beautiful fall color in the region, especially the aspen groves. This year we had snow in the higher elevations and a beautiful sunset while visiting Mono Lake.

Arizona Highways Slot Canyon Workshop - Sep 24-28, 2015

These shots were taken during a photography workshop sponsored by Arizona Highways (you remember that magazine, right?!). The slot canyons and other scenery were all located within easy driving distance of Page, AZ. This was a great group to work with and I look forward to shooting with them again in the future.

Grand Canyon National Park - August 15 - 19, 2015

This trip to the Grand Canyon was scheduled in August primarily to shoot during the monsoonal season in hopes of capturing interesting storm and lightning shots. Alas, we had those conditions only on our first evening on the North Rim. Nevertheless, there are always opportunities for great shots here so we stayed busy during our 5 day visit.

Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai - May 15 - June 1

This was actually a combination of two trips, one with fellow photographers and friends Michael Heathman and David Greiner Hawaii and Maui); the other with good friend and fellow hiker Bruce Quick (Kauai). As always, even after 19 days, I was not ready to come home.

Antelope Valley and Borrego Springs - March 22-27

On this trip I was joined by fellow photographer Michael Heathman in search of poppies blooming in the Antelope Valley State Poppy Reserve and night time photography in the Anza-Borrego State Park area. We were plagued by high winds for most of our wild flower shoot but still managed some interesting shots nonetheless. In Borrego Springs we concentrated on night time or low light shots of Ricardo Breceda fascinating Sky Art project.

Death Valley & the Eastern Sierra - February 18-23

This trip started in Las Vegas during which we made a short visit to the Valley of Fire State Park 45 minutes east of Las Vegas. We then spent two days in Death Valley visiting many points in the park. My favorites for photography are always Badwater and the Mesquite Dunes. The following day we headed for Lone Pine in the eastern Sierra. During that day a winter storm came through so we had nice snowy scenes the following day.

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