While I keep finding great stuff on Flickr, my favorite photo group is one of the smaller ones: The California Desert.

There aren't many contributors, but the stuff that shows up there really appeals to my sense of desert scenery. (Yes, there's scenery in the desert.)

Just spend a few minutes browsing the group pool and you'll find some real gems.

Last summer I began regularly flying my glider in the area which is known as the Great Basin (see also: Great Basin National Park) and quickly came to enjoy being in the desert. I like the dry air, the clear skies, the great soaring conditions, and the sparseness of it all. When the sun goes down, it's quiet outside. And the view of the night sky is to die for. I'm probably going to buy a telescope this year just for use in the desert.

Every once in a while, often right around sunrise or sunset, I realize that feels a bit like some of the far away worlds depicted in Star Wars.

I should really take more pictures there next summer. Maybe I can start up a Great Basin group on Flickr. I bet there are some awesome photos of the Nevada desert floating around out there.

What are your favorite Flickr groups?

Posted by jzawodn at January 21, 2005 08:02 PM

Reader Comments
# Michael Perry said:

I lived down in the western Mojave Desert for many years and it was a place of such contrasts. I used to have pictures of the environmental extremes down there like incredible snow and sandstorms so bad they would pit the windows of a car. But the most amazing things were the forlorn Joshua Trees silhouetted against an evening sky of reds, oranges, purples, and greens. The desert sunset is decidedly one of the most beautiful sights.

Thanks for the sharing!

on January 21, 2005 08:33 PM
# Stewart Butterfield said:

There are way too many that I've never even looked at, including some that I'm a member of, like What's for Dinner? and A few of My Favorite Things.

My favorite thing though is that there all these clusters -

Wonders of Oxidation + Rusty Old Cars + aPeeling Paint + Urban Decay ...

on January 21, 2005 08:48 PM
# Collin said:

I like the various Japan groups, especially when I come across gems like this pic.

on January 21, 2005 10:06 PM
# Darren said:

My favourite is definitely Found Photos. There's also a great, unassociated magazine along the same lines.

on January 21, 2005 10:49 PM
# alan taylor said:

Two favorites I'm subscribed to: Norway and Architecture. I especially like architecture, it gathers so many disparate things together.

on January 22, 2005 04:59 AM
# Aaron said:

I am a fan of the B&W group and the Archtitecture group. My work gravitates in those directions anyway. I also found Cool Outdoor Pics and Photography Critiques this morning that look interesting.

on January 22, 2005 07:08 AM
# said:

flickr is cool... but its ratio of crappy to
good photos abysmal.

but if you really want to see
pretty photos, head over to gallery on photo.net

the "Top Photos" link on the left side column
always kicks ass.. tweak the "Period"
and "By" dropdowns...

on January 23, 2005 01:25 AM
# Shanan said:

You got me thinking about Flickr as a newsgathering tool. It's kind of interesting to pick a broad category like Tsunami or Blizzard, then drill down to relevant photos. It's journalism from the ground up. If only there were a way to make the good photos bubble up by popularity.

on January 23, 2005 09:46 AM
# Robert said:

You really should give credit to the photographers of these great photos, because you didn't, I thought they were yours. That, also, would be a good way of looking at some more pictures of the authors.

on January 23, 2005 10:13 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Oops. I planned to link each one back to its page on Flickr but must have missed that in all the context switching associated with building this post.

I'll go back and fix that today.

on January 23, 2005 11:29 AM
# Jared Evans said:

B&W group is my favorite! Lots of talented photographers in that group! You have to be able to take pretty creative photos when you don't work with colors.

on January 25, 2005 11:06 AM
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