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Shooting the Homesteads in Wonder Valley

What better way to spend a mid week day off than wandering among bits of California history. It's been awhile since I hosted this meetup. We had great fun several years back - 2009, I think. Wonder Valley has dozens of homesteads in various stages of decay - a rustic delight for photographers and history buffs alike. The late fall light is magical in the desert. We may even be treated to spectacular skies should any interesting weather come through around this time. Plan to meet at the JTNP Visitor Center in the village of Joshua Tree. There are places to eat and refuel after your drive from San Diego out to the desert. We can caravan or carpool out to The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery - yet another quirky spot to hang out and photograph rustic desert living. Laurel, the gallery owner, has an interesting story to tell about her dream. I am surprised every time I head out there at the newest sculptures and renovations taking place. From there, we can squish into cars and tule around a route I've picked out with some classic homesteads of the area - all within a 5 square mile radius of The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery. We will have the luminous late afternoon golden desert light to show us the way. Some folks stayed later, last time, and did some light painting of the rustic cabins. No danger of snakes at this time of year, so wander to your hearts and lenses delight!

Depending upon the number of people, we can end our time with pizza and beverages at my place in Yucca Valley before you head back to San Diego - which is exactly 2 1/2 hrs from my abode to San D proper. (2 of my kids live in San D so I have the drive wired!)

Some links to give you a sense of history from this area:

http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/san-bernardino/jackrabbit-homestead-artists-off-roaders-and-the-american-dream-writ-miniature.html

http://jackrabbithomestead.com/sowers.html



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  • Diana

    Really fun day. Great to meet some kindred spirits from my other favorite place - San Diego! Looking forward to seeing what you all captured. Stay in touch. Would be fun to gather and play out your way next time!

    November 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Diana for organizing the shoot. Lots of fun and great people. The drive through the park was great. I will post my pictures on flicker.com when done.

    Cheers,
    Randy

    1 · November 12, 2014

    • Diana

      Looking forward to seeing what you captured Randy! Glad you got to spend some time out here.

      November 12, 2014

  • Wayne Boe R.

    It was fun. I haven't looked at my images yet, but I think I got some good ones!

    1 · November 11, 2014

    • Wayne Boe R.

      And thanks Diana!

      November 12, 2014

    • Diana

      Glad you could make it Boe! It was a fun day and the park had spectacular light by the end of the day. Looking forward to seeing some pics!

      November 12, 2014

  • Robin R.

    I need to look at my photos still. Even if none of them are any good it was a good trip. Thanks Diana.

    1 · November 12, 2014

  • Shawn M

    Wonderful Shoot, great people. Thank you Diana for putting this together.

    2 · November 11, 2014

  • Amit

    Was a fantastic time. Thanks Diana :)

    1 · November 11, 2014

  • Jenny R.

    Oh yay, I went in 2010 and it was so cool!!! I'd love to pay someone some sweet gas money for a ride in your fine vehicle - I can meet pretty much anywhere in San Diego that transit goes.

    1 · July 7, 2014

    • Diana

      Jenny - you'll be surprised at the changes Laurel and Frank have made to the Glass Outhouse Gallery!

      November 9, 2014

  • Andrew P.

    I'm not from San Diego, I live in Joshua Tree. I would love to attend this meetup and get some awesome photos with you all. Thanks.

    2 · November 9, 2014

    • Diana

      Great Andrew! Meet us at the JTVC by 10am or at the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery (about 5 miles past 29 in Wonder Valley) by 11am-ish.

      November 9, 2014

  • Diana

    Hi Folks! Check your emails as I will be sending an update to all participants later on today. Beautiful weather slated for Tuesday. There seems to be about 30ish of us between the 2 San D photo groups on meetup. Laurel, of The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, is excited to have us visit and use her place to stage ourselves as we explore the homesteads and desert decay in Wonder Valley. :-)

    1 · November 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be tent camping at Black Rock campground, 8 miles from the JTNP Visitor center from Sunday to Wed am. I may bring my Prius and dog, or my BMW motorcycle, not sure. Please let me know if you are interested in camping, it is $15/night see:

    http://www.recreation.gov/campsiteFilterAction.do?sitefilter=TENT%20ONLY%20NONELECTRIC&startIdx=0&contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70953&map=true

    Randy
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    November 7, 2014

  • Diana

    Hi Folks - so far, we have about 25 people altogether from the 2 San Diego photo groups. Weather has turned lusciously desert fall cool with daily clouds wisping through. Our golden mojave desert light should be in good form for us in a few weeks. Bear in mind it the sun will set 5ish but we will have plenty of golden late afternoon light to play with. The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery will be our staging point - it is quite a photo opp in itself with many homesteads within a 3 square mile radius from there - some we can walk to. As we get closer, I'll email you all the specifics and tips to make your day fun and productive especially since you are making a 2.5+ hour drive. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    1 · October 27, 2014

  • Diana

    Here is the link from the Northern SD Photo group that Dan also hosts. This is the photo album from our trip in 2010. Hopefully you can access it: http://www.meetup.com/northern-san-diego-photography-meetup/photos/1158924/#[masked]

    2 · July 4, 2014

  • Photo-Tipster

    Yeah, I was wondering if anyone had a few photos from the last visit to JT of the homesteads.

    June 29, 2014

    • Diana

      Bob, I tried posting a few but even with lowering the resolution, meetup won't upload them. Will try again later.

      June 29, 2014

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