My May 2017 Photo Of The Month is Sandstone Butte, a black-and-white image made in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
I had a very active month. Some of the places I photographed included Anza Borrego, Fort Rosecrans (and Miramar and Riverside National Cemeteries), Joshua Tree, and the Laguna Mountains.
I came away with a number of winners, everything from arches to slot canyons and more. In reviewing my May images, Sandstone Butte was the image I kept coming back to. A late Spring storm brought unusually cool temperatures to the desert, and I just couldn’t get enough of the wind caves on this butte with a storm overhead.
This butte is located just south of the Calcite Mine Area. It is a great spot to visit, although I would heartily recommend you postpone that hike for cooler weather.
Sometimes, these best images are unexpected. I didn’t realize the temperatures were dropping until Thursday of that week (Thank you to Peter Tellone for mentioning on Twitter) and I immediately made plans to visit the area with good friend Alex Kunz. We later had dinner in Borrego Springs with Peter and recounted a good day of hiking and photography.
Now we are on to June, and a weekend is almost upon us. I look forward to writing this post next month. Thank you very much for reading.
T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.