2016 Trips - ericemerson.photography

2016 Trips

New Zealand Road Trip - November 15-December 6, 2016

My traveling companion, Wanda, and I took a 3-week road trip in New Zealand to explore the highlights of both the South and North Islands during the spring time frame. We started in Auckland and headed south to Wellington, ferried to the South Island, and made our way to Lake Tekapo for the lupine bloom and Mt. Cook. From there on to Queenstown, then up the west coast to Abel Tasman NP. Once back on the North Island we first headed to the Tongariro NP and then finally to the Coromandel Peninsula.

Oregon Coastal Trip - October 5-12, 2016

This road trip began in Crescent City on California's northern coast. From there we drove north exploring Oregon's many beautiful beaches. we were particularly interested in Bandon, Canon Beach, the Thor's Well area, and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area. Most of the time we had cloudy conditions but our visit to Thor's Well was quite nice.

Grand Tetons and Yellowstone in Fall - September 17-25, 2016

This was my second visit to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone and my first during the fall time frame. The fall colors were absolutely spectacular in the Tetons and to cap the trip off we had fresh snow fall arrive just in time for our final sunrise shoot at Oxbow Bend just before heading home.

Patagonia Photo Tour - April 17-28, 2016

This was a photography tour of Patagonian regions in both Argentina and Chile. During the trip we visited the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina (El Calafate and El Chalten areas) and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Photographically speaking the trip was all about beautiful mountains, fall color, and wonderful reflections.

Puna de Atacama Photo Tour - April 7-16, 2016

This was a photography tour to the Argentinian section of the Atacama plateau which also extends into Chile and Bolivia. It rests high in the Andes between 10,000' and 15'000' in elevation and for the most part our trip was over unpaved, often rocky, roads. Highlights of the tour included a massive labyrinth of pumice stones (my trip favorite), sand dunes, salt flats, and beautiful red rock gorges.

Death Valley Trip - January 22-25, 2016

The purpose of this trip was to photograph various areas of Death Valley. In particular, a full moonset over Zabriskie Point, the Badwater and Cottontail Basins (after flooding in November), and of course the Mesquite Dunes. The basins have been affected significantly and it will take some time for the evaporation process to re-occur creating the interesting salt formations we've grown used to. In the dunes we were presented with a spectacular sunset, the highlight of the trip for me.

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