Photography Field Trip!

I'm so excited to finally make the jump to SquareSpace!  I am still working on the new site, I'm not necessarily the most techie person in town. 

I am bummed that I'm not able to transfer my old blog posts (2 years worth) over to SquareSpace.  I'm going to be reposting some of my favorite blog posts over here as I am able. Starting with this one! 

What Photographers Do on a Day Off of Work

My sweet friend (and fellow photographer) and I recently planned an adventurous photography field trip day. We were heading to the China Ranch Date Farm down in Death Valley. Jamie, from , had planned our trip as well as any AAA rep could have!  Unfortunately, and fortunately, we didn't communicate our plans so well to The Weather Channel, haha!

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Armed with waterproof boots, umbrellas, and bags of camera gear,  we drove out of the Las Vegas Valley on a very rainy Friday morning.  We hit snow over the south part of the Spring Mountains and wondered out loud why we didn't own those beautiful homes at the top of the summit.  Down into the next valley we went, heading for the Old Spanish Trail. We arrived safely to the China Ranch Date Farm after stopping to admire the beautiful, desert canyon above it. We enjoyed the quaint gift shop / antique store and then walked around the farm for well over an hour, in the rain, with our trusty umbrellas and boots, Coyotes were out enjoying their day on the ranch too! They stayed on their side of the trees and we stayed on ours. 

We headed up out of the canyon and became aware part of the road had already been washed out from the rain!  Off to our next stop on our tour, Dublin Gulch, near Shoshone.  Pretty soon we came upon a very, very small town, Tecopa.  The town was home to a very tiny post office and a hot springs (for nudists) resort!  We explored the town a little, not the hot springs! 

Heading north, we found Dublin Gulch with little difficulty. You're transported back in time to the late 1800's and early 1900's, where miners hollowed out the hills and created little condo-like homes. Some of the apartments still had chimneys coming out of the top of the hills. My favorite part were the red wooden doors. Pretty amazing! We stayed here for an hour or so, getting wetter and wetter.  

We mosied on up to Pahrump, stopping on occasion to photograph the beautiful colors of the desert.  We filled up on KFC and found a local winery where the grapevines were calling to the cameras. Literally soaked to the bones, we gave up and headed back to the Las Vegas Valley, encountering more snow on the way home! 

All in all, it was a wonderful and refreshing adventure! I was excited about the weather because I knew the lighting would be perfect and we wouldn't have a lot of other people 'exploring' with us! Thanks so much, Jamie, can't wait for the next 'field trip'.