Two billion years in the making

It took two billion years to create the geological formations in the Morongo Valley in Southern California.

Read all about it with the link below and at http://www.hbcoutdoors.com
Two billion years in the making at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve monument

https://www.hbcoutdoors.com/blog/two-billion-years-in-the-making

Eat with your fingers at Abyssinia Restaurant Anaheim California

Eating with your hands is expected at…

Abysinnia Restaurant in Anaheim, California on TheYums.com

Mom told me never to eat with my fingers. She didn’t know about Ethiopian food! Therefore, you should wash your hands and read the restaurant review here on TheYums.com.

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CoastWatch Photographer Reports Status Mile 315

Crescent Beach Sea Stacks - Oregon by CoastWatch

CoastWatch Crescent Beach, Oregon and Sea Stacks

Last year I joined the

Oregon Shores CoastWatch

program and adopted Mile 315.  I am volunteering my photography skills and time to report on the mile between Ecola State Park and North Chapman Beach which is just north of Cannon Beach. I adopted the mile in order to get to know the coast more intimately, enjoy some recreation by hiking and being outdoors, and to help protect the Oregon coastline. I’m not a “tree hugger” necessarily, but this is a good cause and fulfills my need to participate in something outside my “normal”.

This is an interesting part of the ocean’s edge for many reasons but one of my favorites is the deactivated lighthouse,

Tillamook Rock Light

just a few miles out in the water. Below are the Wikipedia details with lots of links for more information.

“Tillamook Rock Light is a deactivated lighthouse on the Oregon Coast of the United States. It is located approximately 1.2 miles (1.9 km) offshore from Tillamook Head, and 20 miles (32 km) south of the Columbia River, situated on less than an acre of basalt rock in the Pacific Ocean. The construction of the lighthouse was commissioned in 1878 by the United States Congress, and began in 1880. The construction took more than 500 days to finish, with its completion in January 1881. In early January 1881, when the lighthouse was near completion, the barque Lupatia was wrecked near the rock during inclement weather and sank, killing all 16 crew members.

The Light was officially lit on January 21, 1881. At the time, it was the most expensive West Coast lighthouse ever built. Due to the erratic weather conditions, and the dangerous commute for both keepers and suppliers, the lighthouse was nicknamed “Terrible Tilly” (or Tillie). Over the years, storms have damaged the lighthouse, shattered the lens, and eroded the rock. It was decommissioned in 1957, and has since been sold to private owners. Until its license was revoked in 1999, it functioned as a columbarium, and today remains privately owned. The light is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It is visible from the coastal cities of Seaside, Cannon Beach, as well as from Ecola State Park.”

Read my report and see the latest photo essay. Mile 315 Report – Oregon Shores/CoastWatch

 

OC photographer interviewed in Shutterbug

OC Photographer,

Julie Diebolt Price, was interviewed for the Business Trends article May 2018 issue of Shutterbug magazine. Business Trends writer, Maria Piscopo, presented this startling fact. There are

32,527,830 #travelphotography posts on Instagram.

Maria’s interview with four professional photographers discussed finding success in the changing marketplace of the travel and landscape photography business.

OC Photographer in May 2018 Shutterbug - Carizzo Plain Central California

Wild flowers on the Carizzo Plain

Click here for the Shutterbug online magazine.

Click here to read the article in the May 2018 edition. Here are some excepts from my interview…

Almost all of my marketing is concentrated online. I have a one-page glossy handout detailing my bylines and career highlights for the travel industry. I, of course, have updated business cards directing the viewer to my websites and expertise. Other than that, I produce electronic newsletters, blog posts, and try to keep up with social media. The best part of this is that they can be updated as soon as skills change and you aren’t stuck with out-of-date printed materials.

In my studio and at Santiago Canyon College/Community Services, I teach a course “How to Start a Business in 5 Easy Steps”. I mentor new business owners with a specialty in photography.

Let me know if you have any questions about photography, tours, and experiences – email me at julie@jdptravels.com.

 

Cell phone photos show vacation winners

Get better cell phone photos on this vacation

Cell phone photos that you take on your vacation can be improved! You will see the difference immediately. Try action shots, using Rule of Thirds, framing your subject, using flash (or not), HDR (high dynamic range). Find apps that take your images from ordinary to EXTRAORDINARY. Click the links below for more information that you can put to use right away.

Don’t be disappointed with your poor quality pictures, and not just the vacation shots. You can use these techniques to get better pictures all the time.

Here’s a link to 23 ways To Take Better Vacation Pictures with your Cell Phone. There are lots of great ideas…even a couple from JDP!

 

cell phone photos of girl on North Chapman Beach, Oregon Coast, with crab

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to take digital photography classes and training with Julie Diebolt Price – online or in-person in Orange County, California. Be sure to see the

Airbnb Experiences

listed in the right column of this page and join Julie on photo walks, exploring a hidden beach, having fun in the Fun Zone, train trips, photographing historic Mission San Juan Capistrano and other interesting experiences.

Download some of my favorite apps like Snapseed and Camera+ so you can get started now for better vacation pictures this summer!

9 Things to Know About Camping Joshua Tree NP

Joshua Tree Star Trail

Star trails over Black Rock Canyon Campground at Joshua Tree National Park near Yucca Valley.

There are several reasons that I travel to Joshua Tree National Park to experience nature. Following are some of my observations and what I consider practical things to know learned from my visits to JTNP.

1.  Joshua Tree National Park is easily accessible

from Interstate 10 Freeway in Southern California. It is where the Colorado Desert and Mojave Desert meet. The Mojave is considered high desert, 2,000 to 4,000 feet in elevation, and is cooler and milder than the Colorado, which is the Low Desert – think Palm Springs.

2.  It is a short (relatively) drive from home

(depending on time of day and day of the week). Traffic in Southern California is a nightmare during the daily commute.

3.  Joshua Tree National Park is the closest place to my home in Orange County with low light pollution in Southern California.

Light pollution is caused by urbanization and is the man-made alteration of light levels in the outdoors. Sky glow is one form of light pollution, which reduces dramatically the visibility of stars in the sky. Because of its close proximity to Yucca Valley, Black Rock Canyon Campground has lots of light pollution.

4.  It is an exceptional place to create interesting night photographs.

Blue hour in Joshua Tree National Park

Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park

The bristly and twisted Joshua trees, a member of the yucca family, make great subjects for daytime photos, too.

5.  Cell service is available at Black Rock Campground – if you just can’t be without it.

6.  No cell service is available as you go deeper into the park.

Rangers patrol regularly, so if you happen to lock your keys in your vehicle, it won’t be too long before someone comes to your rescue.

7.  Make reservations ahead of your visit at Black Rock Canyon Campground and Indian Cove.

Black Rock Canyon is close to Yucca Valley. Indian Cove is near the Ranger Station at Indian Cove Road in Twentynine Palms. All other reservations are first come, first serve on all other campgrounds in the park.

8.  Some of the campgrounds close in the summer.

You can check ahead at the National Park Service website – www.nps.gov/jotr

9.  As you watch dawn break over the desert, you realize that it is worth getting up before sunrise.

Sunrise and Joshua Trees

Sunrise over the Joshua Tree National Park desert.

I have discovered that this is the reason I camp there overnight.

Please share your Joshua Tree National Park experiences in the Comments below.