Defacing Our Natural Treasures

It is unbelievable how selfish some people are. It only takes a minute of human stupidity to destroy tens of thousands of years worth of work. I see a lot of photographers shooting pretty pictures but few show the effects of tourism on our landscape. Let’s keep it real and shine the light on the …

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire State Park totally blew me away. The scenery here rivals that of any national park that I’ve been to. I’m glad it isn’t a national park because that would just mean more tourists to ruin the experience. The cool thing is that it is only an hour from Las Vegas. Windstone Arch …

Why You Place Your Tripod Holes

A chimpanzee could follow the crowd, plop his equipment down in a well-worn tripod hole and get a good photo of Schwabacher’s Landing in Grand Teton National Park just like the millions of other photographers that have previously done so. Where is the essence of nature photography in doing so? Jousting for prime location at …

In Wildness is the Preservation of the World

I acquired a 1962 first print edition of Eliot Porter & Henry David Thoreau’s classic book, In Wildness is the Preservation of the World. Inside the book was this note from “Jackie” to “John” that reads, “For John, with very much love and hopes that we can see some of these places together… Jackie, 12/25/67.” …

Environmental Degradation

Google Earth Satellite Image of Glendora South Hills Google Earth is a fascinating tool that can serve a multitude of purposes. For a photographer this can mean location scouting opportunities. For an environmentalist it can help give perspective to threatened landscapes such as the Glendora South Hills. Click on the image to see a higher …

Kristin Parisi – Glendora City Council Candidate / Environmental Activist

I recently wrote about land development use issues in the Glendora South Hills, and it generated some off-line discussion locally so I’d like to introduce to you a local environmental activist and current Glendora City Council Candidate Kristin Parisi. South Hills Alosta Canyon Trail, Glendora, California Tell us a little bit about yourself and your …

Glendora South Hills Home Development

San Gabriel Valley Sunset, Glendora, California I heard today that “developers” are planning on developing over my favorite exercise hiking trail in the Glendora South Hills with homes and a road. This really makes me angry because there are already a few extremely large mansions near the end of these hills along with no trespassing …

UC Berkeley Tree-Sitters Part II

Photo: Female Tree-Sitter “Dumpster Muffin”, UC Berkeley, California In a recent blog post I discussed the UC Berkeley Tree-Sitters. Well last night, UC Berkeley moved in to remove the tree-sitters at the Memorial Oak Grove. Here is the story from the San Francisco Chronicle: UC removes tree-sitters’ gear before ruling Here is a YouTube video …

Apparently it’s a Junkyard Out Here

Photo of Biodegradable vs Non-Biodegradable Waste, Angeles National Forest, California Depending on the season and weather conditions, my local area can look beautiful occasionally on the surface. Upon a closer look you will find tree carvings usually of the Boy + Girl variety, you will find a lot of beer cans, and gang graffiti on …