Cholla Cactus Garden: Where it All Began

I had the chance to spend three days at Joshua Tree National Park over the holidays. I was not feeling well during this trip so I took it easy on the photography but re-visiting the Cholla Cactus Garden was a must for me. This was essentially where I got my start in landscape photography many years ago …

Joshua Tree National Park Stargazing

Since photographing the Milky Way in the Eastern Sierra two years ago I’ve thought of trying my luck at Joshua Tree National Park. Based on previous experience, I figured that the most effective way to do night photography would be to choose a moonless evening that way the photo actually looks like night photography. As …

Foreclosure of a Dream

I’m sure that almost all of us know someone that has been severely affected by the current economic situation. People my parents’ age (50+) in particular probably saw their dreams vanish before their eyes along with the Dow Jones. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have this 30 year plan laid out …

Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village was a popular seasonal amusement park in the San Bernardino Mountains when I was growing up. In fact I still remember the low-budget TV commercials that would run all the time. For the sake of nostalgia, the above photo is of myself, my cousin, my mom and my little brother. My dad wasn’t …

Lake Elsinore Wildflowers

A storm just passed through so naturally the poppies weren’t open but even then I think this year’s wildflower bloom at Lake Elsinore is pretty mediocre so far compared to what I have seen in the past. A couple cars passed by probably realizing the same thing so they didn’t get out of the car. …

The Blooming Chino Hills

First of all I wanted to thank those of you who attended my Sierra Club nature photography presentation on Wednesday night. It was a great audience with a lot of enthusiasm. I was flattered with the warm reception I received and had a great time meeting lots of new people. Moving backward a few days …

Leonard Knight

Leonard Knight at Salvation Mountain, Slab City, California Leonard Knight is the creator of Salvation Mountain. He told me that he has been residing there for the past 24 years working on this monumental project. Personally I think he should be mentioned up there along with the other great artists of the 20th century. Salvation …

Bombay Beach

The Former Tradewinds Bar Burned by Fire, Bombay Beach, California At one time, Bombay Beach was a resort town for the affluent. However since the town lies below sea level on the east shore of the Salton Sea it is prone to flooding. Most of what remains appears to consist of decaying structures. I didn’t …

The Negative Effects of Tourism, Anza Borrego Desert SP

Female Tourist Looking into Desert Pupfish Pond, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California I was supposed to meet photographer Ron Niebrugge last week around 11:30 at the Anza Borrego Visitor Center in Borrego Springs. What I didn’t expect was a 30 min cruise around the parking lot just to find a parking space. Once I …