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Jan 24-26, 2003 Image Quest Photography Workshop Route 66 and the Mojave Desert Barstow 323 377-7565
Meet in Barstow. Explore the cultural icons left behind by those who had a love affair with desert highways. Field sessions, centered along old Route 66, east of Barstow, will include sand dunes, scenic canyons and the detritus of failed human incursions in the harsh, desert environment. Cost: $250; includes accommodations. Field sessions begin Friday afternoon, in Barstow, with a tour of the Route 66 Museum and an evening photo shoot of the desert city's neon signs. We'll stay Friday night at Route 66 Motel in Barstow and Saturday night at Roy's motel and cafe, in remote Amboy.
Digital Photo Links Link Description
Animator-9 Animator-9 is a freeware program that allows you to view digital pictures in animation form. It supports these cameras: Sony DSC-F1, Mavica FD-51, Mavica FD-71, PhotoPC 600, Olympus D-220L, Fuji-MX700, Nikon Coolpix 950, Nikon Coolpix 600, Casio QV-770, Fuji-DX10 and Nikon Coolpix 990. Animator-9 includes a Java applet that lets you animate the original JPEG file in your Web page.
New York Institute of Photography Primer on Digital Photography covers all aspects of digital photography from taking or scanning pictures, to image manipulation, to printing or website display.
Photo Clubs
Victor Valley Photo Club third Thursday of each month (except Aug. and Dec.) at 7:00 p.m. Hook Community Center, 14973 Joshua St. Victorville 245-5551

Photo Opportunities (Wildflower Drives)
To the casual observer, the Western Mojave Desert may appear barren, devoid of color and lifeless. Nothing could be further from the truth. A highly diverse perennial plant community occurs here which explodes in flower during wet years. Similarly, a vast seedbank of annual wildflower seeds lie dormant waiting for just the right weather conditions to erupt in a riot of life and color.

Most of the Mojave's sparse precipitation falls during winter months. If the winter is warm and moist, especially during the months of February and March, annual wildflower seeds will germinate and flower within 5-6 weeks. When this happens, the best time to view wildflowers is from mid-March to mid-April, with further opportunities to view perennial plant flower displays in May. Due to variations in temperature caused by increasing altitude, peak wildflower viewing will advance upslope at a rate of roughly 1,000 feet every 2 weeks. By the time May arrives, the brilliant yellow, orange, pink, red, white, and blue carpets of the lower desert will begin to fade in the growing heat of the advancing Mojave summer.

On the Public Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the California Desert District are a number of excellent wildflower viewing areas. Along with the BLM's Desert Access Guide map series, this information flyer will provide the necessary guidance for visitors seeking to explore these wildflower sites.
1 (mid-March to mid-April):

Camprock Road: See groundsel, coreopsis, tidy tips, Canterbury bells, mallow, cream cups, desert dandelion, fiaree, fiddleneck, and lupine. Camp Rock Road can be accessed of Interstate 40 using the Daggett exit and heading southeast on Pendleton Road and also off Highway 247 in Lucerne Valley.

Hwy 395 between Adelanto and Ridgecrest: See coreopsis, goldfields, amsinckia, phacelia, evening primrose, locoweed and desert dandelion. Hwy 395 can be accessed from Interstate 15 north of Cajon Pass.

Hwy 247 through Lucerne Valley and Johnson Valley: See jimsonweed, prince's plume, bladder pod, lupine, thistle sage, Orcutt lily, chia, and tidy tips. From Barstow, Barstow Road becomes Highway 247 south to Lucerne Valley. From Victorville, take Highway 18 through Lucerne Valley to Johnson Valley.

Copper City Road to Superior Valley: See Joshua tree, Mojave yucca, desert candle, blazing star, fiddleneck, purple mat, and gilia. Copper City Road diverges from old Ft. Irwin Road approximatgelhy 8 miles north of Barstow. This dirt road is easily accessible by any type of vehicle.

Excelsior Mine Road through the Kingston Range: See giant nolina, penstemon, bee plant, giant four-o-clock, desert apricot, barrel cactus, and Utah agave, since this area usually receives more rain than the rest of the Western Mojave Desert. Both paved and dirt roads that most vehicles can navigate. Take Interstate 15 north to Cima Road/Valley Wells exit and head north through the Kingston Mountains. The road will enter Tecopa, just southeast of Highway 127.

Northern Slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains: See Orcutt lily, blazing star, cream cups, purple sage, popcorn flower, fiddleneck, desert calico, gold fields, tidy tips, coreopsis, and puff balls. Highways 15, 247, 18, and 138, all take you to the vicinity of the northern slopes.

Wildflower Hotlines:
Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve 805-724-1180
Anzo-Borego State Park 760-767-4684
Joshua Tree National Park 760-367-5500
Mojave National Preserve 760-733-4040
Theodore Paine Foundation (near L.A.) 818-768-3533

Reminders: Bring plenty of water, drive carefully, and stay on established roads (open mine danger).
1 Bureau of Land Management

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