DAVE VORLAND: Photo Gallery — California Dreamin’

Bloomington, Minn., photographer Dave Vorland recently returned home from a trip to California. Here are some of the view he and his traveling companions saw while in the Golden State.

ERIC BERGESON: Photo Gallery — Desert In Bloom

Photographer Eric Bergeson recently made an 800-mile trip from Tucson, Ariz., west into California, with the intent of seeing the “superbloom” of the desert. A superbloom is a colloquial term used to define an explosion of wildflowers that exceeds typical spring blooms. Winter storms brought double the average rainfall to the area, including the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in southeastern California. The park, usually bare of flowers, has come alive with vibrant greenery, poppies, primroses and lilies because wildflower seeds that have been lying on the desert floor for years have germinated. Eric says the phenomenon is a bit overhyped, possibly due to the proximity of a major media center (Los Angeles) and about 28 million people. “It is worth doing once in a lifetime. But Minnesota residents should note that our road ditches in July have color that is more intense — we’re just so used to color by that time that we don’t notice.”



JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — California Dreamin’

Alexandria, Va., photographer recently traveled to the West Coast. Some of his time was spent in California, specifically Marin County, where he took in the sights in and around San Francisco, including Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Here are some of the images he captured.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — West Coast Wonders

The California and Oregon landscapes can offer some pretty spectacular viewing. Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson recently traveled to those two West Coast states, and here are some of the images that caught his eye.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Yosemite National Park


Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson recently took part in a tour of Yosemite National Park in California. Yosemite is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. Here are some of the images Jeff captured.