March 20, 2010 Southern California Desert Wildflower Tour

THIS TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELED due to lack of wildflowers and/or their late arrival. I may launch a short notice tour if the wildflowers make a grand appearance in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned to my blog or my Workshops page for more details. Thank you for your interest.

Spring 2010 Southern California Desert Wildflower Tour - March 20, 2010

Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, California
Limited to only 6 photographers; $149 per person

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park wildflowers
Winter 2009/2010 has brought much rain to most locations on the California desert, with many areas receiving much more than 100% of normal precipitation. Even better, Southern California deserts experienced early precipitation events (Thanksgiving 2009) which brought rain and snow to some of the lowest desert elevations. Early, frequent, and abundant rains bode well for amazing spring blooms. California desert expert, Michael E. Gordon, would love to share with you some of Southern California's finest and rarest desert wildflower displays. During this FULL one-day driving and photographing tour, Michael will take you to his favorite scenic wildflower locations on the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. We will meet before sunrise on Saturday, March 20, and continue through sunset. Southern California residents will easily be back in their homes by bedtime.

General Info and Policies
This tour will take you to remote and unique field settings on the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. The main focus of this tour is photographing wildflowers and landscapes, yet Michael is always available for discussion, demonstrations, image critique/review, and technical instruction. More than anything, we'll have loads of fun and enjoy the camaraderie of a small group setting in extraordinary locations. Here especially, my small group size assures that I will have adequate time to address all your questions and needs.

This is an ALL-FORMATS, ALL-EXPERIENCE LEVELS tour; 35mm film shooters; D-SLR; medium format; large format: all are welcome. Michael is an experienced photographer of all formats and can provide technical instructional regardless of your camera, film or digital.

This workshop will take place in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of Southern California. Michael will be finalizing the tour locations once he has had the opportunity to extensively scout the locations with the finest wildflower displays. The tour is currently slated to run from Amboy, California, in the north to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the south. The total driving distance from the first shooting location to the last is approximately 100 miles. Michael will finalize the exact tour route within one week of the tour.

What is Included
Your tour fee includes location guiding and incidental instruction. Because this is an intensive photographic tour, there will be no handouts or formal field instruction. Michael uses his private discussion forum (all tour members will be registered) to inform and introduce members, as well as to arrange carpooling (carpooling is highly encouraged, if not virtually mandatory) and share tour details as they develop.

What is Not Included
Airfare, car rentals, transportation, fuel, and meals are not included, nor are items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, room service, etc.). Participants will be required to transport themselves (carpooling is not mandatory but highly encouraged) to and from the tentative meeting location: Barstow, California.

Lodging is unnecessary for this one day tour, but Michael will provide lodging information to interested participants.

This will be an intensive tour with little downtime. Plan on providing your own sack lunches and eating independently your breakfasts and dinners. There may likely be no group restaurant meals due to our remote locations and the intensity of the day. You MUST arrive prepared with enough food, water, and gasoline to get you through 12+ hours of travel and photography. Michael will provide a required food and gear list to all tour members.

Registration and Payment
To guarantee registration in this workshop, full payment is required.

Cancellation Policy
It is impossible to predict the weather when scheduling a tour. What people consider "bad" weather often makes for good photography. Therefore, the tour will not be canceled due to weather unless extreme weather conditions make it unsafe to continue. Participants should come prepared for all weather conditions (cold, hot, snow, sun, rain).

If the tour is canceled by Michael E. Gordon for any reason, a full refund of the amount paid will be sent to each participant.

Occasionally circumstances arise that prevent a person from participating in a workshop after registration. If you wish to protect your investment in the workshop and related travel costs, please investigate trip insurance. This insurance will reimburse you in the event that some circumstance prevents you from attending the workshop.

Cancellations, for any reason, must be in writing (e-mail or postal mail).

Refund Policy