I’m unsure if this desert wilderness has an official name, but it has been dubbed “Little Finland” by European photographers for its diminutive size and the many “fins” on its gargoyle-like geologic features.
Be persistent and you will be able to find this place. All I’ll say is that the night before I went in I finished 2nd in a Texas Hold’em poker tournament for enough winnings to buy what now is my favorite pistol grip tripod head with change to spare. 🙂
Desert Wilderness Photography
The desert wilderness landscape photographer must be ever prepared for the unexpected and for all contingencies. You make long bone-jarring drives through gawd-awful, desolate territory to reach your goal.
Breakdowns in these places in the 100+ degree heat of summer or sub-zero cold of winter can be life threatening.
When I go into remote places I’m always prepared for all contingencies. You have to be. Failure to be prepared puts a major crimp in your day. I’ve had to dig myself out of precarious situations a time or two and its never fun.
Getting to Little Finland
This time its an arduous 7o+ mile drive off the main highway over dirt roads and along a long, road-less and sandy wash plus a short hike and a climb to get to this relatively compact, magical ledge.
For my overnight trek I spent a day driving there stopping to photograph petroglyphs and other interesting tidbits along the way. As per normal, I car camped nearby, this time under a quiet, dark, cloudless and moonless sky in spring. I drove back out the next day.
I have a perfectly good tent and camping gear but I rarely use them. As I did here, when tired I just lower the driver side seat full back and sleep like a baby.
Photographing Little Finland
This over-nighter allowed me to photograph the site both at sunset and at sunrise. What is great about that is that you get completely different lighting each time.
Its not a big place, but everywhere you turn there is something interesting or unique to photograph.
This is a place worth many trips over many season’s and weather conditions for those intrepid few in search of the perfect landscape photograph.