Monday, June 01, 2015

The Top 10 Parks in California
I've photographed dozens of parks in California over the past 30 years.  As digital cameras enabled sharing photos from my California travels, I've been putting them online for over 10 years, on sites like, operated by the +California State Parks Foundation.

More recently, the popularity of photo-sharing and social media sites has led to a new approach to enabling you to browse photos from California's parks.  A new Web site automatically detects photos mapped to any one of over 11,800 parks in California, on +Instagram,  +Flickr and +Twitter,  and lets you browse them by name, or by type of outdoor activity that you're interested in.  When you navigate to their page for a particular park, you see the latest photos from those parks.

For examples, see this list of some of my favorite California parks that they've published, and when you click on the park, you'll see the latest Instagram photos taken there:

Jeff Sullivan's Top Ten Parks

My Top Ten California Parks on
The site is developing quickly; it currently displays photos by most recent uploads.  It doesn't currently allow sorting and browsing by photographer or quality (such as Flickr's "interestingness").

If you'd like to see my photos from these parks, here are links to my Flickr photos from them:

  1. Anza-Borrego State Park
  2. Bodie State Historic Park
  3. Death Valley National Park
  4. Joshua Tree National Park
  5. Kings Canyon National Park
  6. Inyo National Forest
  7. Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve
  8. Sequoia National Park
  9. Toiyabe National Forest
  10. Yosemite National Park
To help you find the best photography locations in California’s parks, later this summer I’ll share hundreds of great landscape photography locations in my new 320-page guidebook: Photographing California - Vol. 2: South - A Guide to the Natural landmarks of the Golden State.

Connect with me on social media sites for updates on its release, or check my blog at