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dsefcik
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Summer brings brutal heat and wonderful sunrises to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. I have a favorite place up in the In-Ko-Pah mountains I like to backpack to and spend the night during the summer months. Desert floor temperatures can be in the triple digits while the sheltered boulder crevices of the In-Ko-Pah mountains can be much cooler with gentle breezes making you forget about the heat below.

Here is a wonderful sunrise photo looking at the Fish Creek Mountains this last weekend. It is a stitched panorama of 5 images at 500mm focal length. Click to view/download the original full size image.



A few minutes later the sun will rise showing it's size and intensity, the beginning of a 105+ degree day


On the opposite side of the sunrise is the sunset, here is the last breath of daylight on Carrizo Mountain, it was the last peak of the day with sunlight before the valley went dark


Lets not forget the moon....


Getting my pack ready I saw my reflection in the truck rear window...maybe the heat was getting to me


All my gear and camera crap strapped on


I brought it all this trip, extension tubes, flash, everything. I wanted to try some macro shots of the small critters that always seem to be with us in the desert

Small grasshopper, the kind that is the same color as the alluvial sand


Harvester Ant


No idea what this guy is. He was on my red shirt in the morning, look at the fibers of my shirt, he was small! He even has the compound eyes found on many insects.


This little guy decided to crawl up under my sleeping bag during the night to get warm but I think I crushed him. The blue is my closed cell foam pad, macro small...


Pesky flies looking for water


Very small moth feeding on some fresh scat


On my way back home I spotted the wind turbine with the broken blade. Because of this all the turbines are shut down and producing no energy. You figure it out, San Onofre closes and they claim we will have enough power with the Sunrise Powerlink and the new wind energy turbines.



Total Mylar Balloons this trip - 5 (sorry no photos)

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Amazing, beautiful photos!!! Thank you!
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You never cease to amaze me with all of your trips and amazing pictures.
Your macro closeup shots are great.

Dude what is with the reflection shot? You been pumping iron or what? wink

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Great shots Daren, glad you are using the big camera again. I guess it was cool enough for long denim pants at some point, heh? Looks like we might have some starting material for a "Men of Anza Borrego" calendar, Mr. June. smile

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surfponto wrote:

Dude what is with the reflection shot? You been pumping iron or what? wink
Your funny Bob...I appreciate the comment but I am probably in the worst, flabby shape I have been in the last 20 years...I need to get back to the gym..!

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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Great shots Daren, glad you are using the big camera again. I guess it was cool enough for long denim pants at some point, heh?
Yeah, the S100 just wasn't doing it for me so I got more camera crap to carry...wink
It was 104 on my truck thermometer when I started up into the hills, and that was at 5pm. It is just too brushy out there for for shorts, the desert bites back.

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dsefcik wrote:
Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Great shots Daren, glad you are using the big camera again. I guess it was cool enough for long denim pants at some point, heh?
Yeah, the S100 just wasn't doing it for me so I got more camera crap to carry...wink
It was 104 on my truck thermometer when I started up into the hills, and that was at 5pm. It is just too brushy out there for for shorts, the desert bites back.


Yes, but.... denim? I realize you are immune to heat though. Get yourself a pair of bomb-proof nylon pants (they won't rip). I bash right through catclaw with them. Try these: Extreme Adventure Pants by Railrider
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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Yes, but.... denim? I realize you are immune to heat though. Get yourself a pair of bomb-proof nylon pants (they won't rip). I bash right through catclaw with them. Try these: Extreme Adventure Pants by Railrider
Yeah I have some fancy hiking pants and they are OK but I don't really like wearing nylon pants much...but I do sometimes. If I see a pair in the thrift store I may pick them up, I have several REI hiking pants I picked up for a couple bucks each.

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A few days back SDG&E said we have to conserve energy this summer. They still might shut down grids if needed. We both heard that and scratched our heads. Guess Powerlink can't do much for us.

BTW, I love your photos!
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As always, nice pics Daren. Like the little guy on your red shirt. Looks like an underwater pic of a shrimp on a coral reef smile
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