Spring was very busy for Moab Photo Tours, and the Needles Workshop in May was a great success. We had great weather for photography and everyone had a good, photographically productive time. By chance, we camped one night next to my friend and world-renowned landscape photographer, Tom Till, so some of the workshop participants got to shoot along-side Tom for a sunset and sunrise the next morning. Some photos from the workshop have been posted in the Workshop Gallery, with more coming.
The summer has been hot, as usual, but we are now going into the ‘monsoon’ season. (In an area that only gets about 12″ of rain per year, monsoon is a relative term.) What that means is that we have big fluffy clouds that build up into thunderheads in the afternoons on many days and give us the opportunity to get some great stormy sky photos with lightning, rainbows, and forbidding skies. One of my ‘approaching lightning storm’ shots from last summer was a full page in the Showcase Section of the May 2008 issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine.
Moab Photo Tours has been issued a permit now from the Bureau of Land Management for tours to the Cedar Mesa area, which has the largest concentration of pre-Columbian Native-American ruins in the U.S. Some of these cliff ruins make really spectacular photographs. See the new Cedar Mesa Gallery on the my website. Most of these ruins are not easily accessible and require some hiking, so keep that in mind. It is also very hot on Cedar Mesa in the summer, so spring and fall are the best times to visit there. I am also working on permits for the Escalante/Grand Staircase area and will keep you posted on this area for possible tours.