Desert Observations: The Joshua Tree National Park Association Blog

Keys Ranch Night Sky Photography Workshop

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Group shot by Don Chambers, instructor, on Saturday, June 4.

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Keys to a successful photo workshop with the Desert Institute:

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To ensure you’ll get the most out of most out of your workshop experience, here are a few key tips: A camera that offers you manual control of shutter and aperture is ideal.  This gives you full creative control and provides a great platform for your instructor to teach by. Stability is everything.  A strong and sturdy tripod goes a long way toward helping you achieve, sharp, consistent images. Lens choices vary greatly between locations and workshops.  Usually for landscape photography, you want to bring lenses that cover a range of 16mm to 200mm.  A typical combination might look...

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Focus on Joshua Tree Contest Winners

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The winners have been selected for our Focus on Joshua Tree photo contest, which we held this summer between July 1st and September 3rd. The contest was hosted on both Facebook and Instagram and was open to everyone in the online community. To enter participants posted a photo from the park and included the hashtag #focusjtnpa. To win, their photo needed to receive the most likes. Before announcing the winners, we want to take a moment to thank everyone who entered our contest. Thank you for sharing a photo of Joshua Tree National Park and sharing the beauty of the desert with your community....

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Thank You Sara Everett and The Mission Continues

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We wish to thank Sara Everett and The Mission Continues for her valued volunteer time with the Joshua Tree National Park Association and the Desert Institute.  Sara completes a six month “Fellowship” through The Mission Continues providing services as an Information Specialist at the Visitor Centers, as a Field Class Representative with the Desert Institute, and she has managed our social media channels. If you follow us on Facebook, you would have seen her daily posts of life and activities in and around the park.  Her quality content has increased the Facebook views to over...

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Desert Institute Natural Science Instructors In The News

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Desert Institute Natural Science Instructors In The News: Cameron Barrows and Josh Hoines: Scorched Earth-How Climate Change is Altering the Deserts of the Southwest  Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CBS News, Al Jazeera. Chris Clarke:  Are There Two Species of Joshua Trees? KCET William Hayes:  Southern California May See a Record Year Of Snakebites Due to Drought Redlands Daily Kerry Knudsen:  Inventory of Joshua Tree Lichens, NPS Website Kurt Leuschner and Cameron Barrows:  Noted Naturalists Have Called the Desert Home,  Desert Sun Darrell Shade:  The Blooms Are Out There, Hi...

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Focus on Joshua Tree Photo Contest

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We are introducing a summer photo contest for Facebook and Instagram. In the months leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we want to see Joshua Tree National Park from your eyes. Photos are your unique expression of an experience, and we want to share them.   The contest begins on July 1, 2014 and runs to September 2, 2014, one day before the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. How do you enter? First, follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Take a photo (or find an old favorite from 2014) in Joshua Tree National Park. Post your photo to your personal Instagram or...

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