California State Capitol

I went to Sacramento two weekends ago for a wedding reception and there was a promising cloud forecast for Sunday morning so I woke up before sunrise the next morning to shoot at the California State Capitol. This display of light only lasted for about a minute or so and didn’t light up as much …

Rebel Without a Cause

I’ve always thought that James Dean was a cool dude so I had been looking for his memorial for several years. I knew it was somewhere along highway 46 near Cholame but kept passing it apparently without seeing it. This time, I saw a sign at the intersection of highways 46 and 41, that referred …

Kern County Cowboys

Across the street from where I was photographing a landscape of wildflowers last week, was a working ranch where they were roping cattle, flipping them upside down and branding them. I’ve seen photos of this activity and have seen the sport of roping at the Fort Worth rodeo but this was my first time seeing …

Carrizo Plain National Monument Wildflowers

I spent more time at the Wind Wolves Preserve than expected, so as I was leaving at 4:45 I debated whether to go check out the Carrizo Plain National Monument or to drive back home. The directions I had made it seem pretty close by so I figured what the heck. It turned out to …

Kern County Wildflowers – 2010

There are an incredible amount of lupine blooming just on the other side of the Grapevine in Kern County right now. The main difference between now and the display last year is that there seems to be less other types of flowers in bloom. Perhaps there are more to come but I’ll leave that to …

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

One of the most amazing places in California is not even located in a pretty location. However, during the winter months, the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge comes alive with hundreds of thousands of migrating Pacific Flyway birds. I visited on a December day five years ago to shoot some new slides for class and was …

Wind Wolves Preserve

The Wind Wolves Preserve is a beautiful tract of land owned by the Wildlands Conservancy. The entrance area resembles a landscape from Montana with the large fields of wildflowers leading up to the green foothills. Then up here in the canyon I heard loud croaking sounds from what sounded like hundreds of toads in the …

Lupine – Kern County

I haven’t gotten around to trying to ID the white flowers but I liked how there was a single owls clover surrounded by lupine. I probably would have gone back out there again today with a clean polarizer but I have serious allergy problems when it comes to pollen and cat fur. Last night I …