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Carrizo Plain        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The Carrizo Plain National Monument is a little-known dry valley in central California.   It is home to several endangered or threatened species, including the San Joaquin kit fox, San Joaquin antelope squirrel, and the giant and short-nosed kangaroo rats (the density of rodent burrows was astoundingly high).   In good years it hosts a spectacular wildflower show, but not when I took these photos in early Spring 2013.   Nevertheless, it offered some interesting landscapes, especially at dawn and dusk.

  • Canon 7D or 1D4; 24-105 mm IS, 70-200 f4 IS, Tokina 11-16 mm, 500 mm f4 IS, or 800 mm f5.6 IS, some with polarizing or graduated neutral-density filters (2013)