I planned my trip to California so that I would arrive earlier in the day on Sunday. This would give me a chance to get in some extra hours at work and help me get caught up. This was a good plan, and it lasted until the images started to arrive from southern California. It was a rainy winter, and the flower blooms were out of this world. I switched out my work plans for an extra trip to Joshua Tree National Park.

As luck would have it, though, my flight was delayed. And delayed again. And delayed again. I started adding up the hours that the drive would require and checked that against sunset time. I gave myself a cutoff point- if I got to my rental car before this time, I would go to Joshua Tree. After this time, I would skip the trip.

I got to my car well past the cutoff. Driving to Joshua Tree clearly wouldn’t be worth it. I’d be adding two hours of driving for barely over an hour of photography.

I went anyway.

What followed was easily the most productive 90 minutes with a camera I’ve had in years. I went to the south entrance, and there was a stretch of road between the highway and the entrance station that was filled with flowers. Blue, yellow, orange, white, and more. I went back and forth up the road finding images. When I lost the light, I drove further into the park for additional sunset shots. I’ll be posting plenty of additional images in the future, but for now this is my favorite image of the week.

Truffula Tree

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/3.6 at 1/80, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. I used the Fujichrome Veliva film emulation and… nope, no “and”. I loved this image straight out of the camera.

WIRR stands for Weekly Image Rich Ruh. This regular feature on Das Has von Ruh will show and describe my favorite photo created during this weekly period. My weeks start on Mondays, as does the WIRR. I’m hoping to include commentary on the story, the setting, the specs, or the sentiments, depending on the circumstances.

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