Death Valley

Floris van Breugel on March 8th, 2016

It’s been all over the news, yes, Death Valley is in bloom! A rare “super bloom” as you have likely heard it called. So, being fortunate enough to live just a few hours away, I made some trips out there to experience it (along with many other SoCal citizens). Yes, it really is quite spectacular. …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on December 4th, 2014

I still have a few 2015 calendars – order now to get them in time for the holidays!Click to order your 2015 Art in Nature Adventure Series Calendars now!Limited supplies, order soon! ~ ~ ~ After spending three and a half years in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I have returned to Southern California (for now), …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on December 15th, 2010

Two days until I head off to the frozen wonderland of Yellowstone for 10 days. I can’t wait! Hot springs, geysers, buffalo, wolves, snow, colorful bacteria, and even a total lunar eclipse! That’s right, there’s a total Lunar Eclipse on the night of Dec 20th (the early hours of the 21st), visible throughout all of …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on April 6th, 2010

For the last two months or so I’ve been following the progress of the impending wildflower bloom in Death Valley National Park, waiting for the moment everything would jump into bloom. Well, that moment has arrived! My first destination was to a spot where a friend and I discovered the tiny beginnings – cotyledons – …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on March 26th, 2010

California has experienced a strange winter and early spring season thus far this year. Typically the annual desert wildflowers would be winding down in their activity over the next few weeks; this year, however, some of the desert areas are just getting started! I spent the previous weekend touring various parts of Death Valley with …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on March 16th, 2010

First off, note that my presentation announced earlier has been moved to the following month for reasons beyond my control. I hope that causes no one grief! One of the joys of living in Southern California is getting to experience springtime a few months earlier than most other parts of the country. Typically spring in …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on February 24th, 2010

One of my childhood hobbies was to go out to the desert with my dad to explore abandoned mines and collect fluorescent minerals at night (fossicking is the Australian term for collecting minerals). Once the sun had set, which happens pretty early in the winter, we’d head out onto the mine tailings with a portable …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on February 18th, 2010

This past weekend I explored a variety of spots along the Eastern Sierra and Death Valley, enjoying the warm sunny and starry desert skies. After spending some time in Owens Valley I headed to Death Valley to meet up with some friends. On my way to camp I decided to explore a quiet section of …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on January 29th, 2010

Standing in half an inch of water on the flooded Badwater salt flats is a magical way to start the day. Fortunately, in a place like Death Valley, it really is just the start of the day! (as opposed to many areas, where once the sun is up, photographic opportunities are rather limited). Unfortunately this …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on January 26th, 2010

Once in a great while, storms laden with sufficient moisture make it past the coastal ranges and Sierra Nevada to create the opportunity to see one of the more magical moments of the California Deserts: water and snow. The most memorable of such storms in the past 100+ years was the winter of 2004-2005, which …Read the Rest…

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