LA Skyline Twilight

 From where I live, Mount Baldy looked great. However, from L.A. not so great. The peak kept getting obscured by haze but then it peeked out just barely for a few minutes as the sun was setting over the Pacific Ocean. It was cold and windy outside, and I kept having to refresh the Yahoo …

Los Angeles Skyline Photo With Winter Backdrop

 I am coming to the conclusion that mid-morning winter light might be as good as it gets in Los Angeles. As a landscape photographer, I am always evaluating air quality and lighting conditions in every way and time imaginable even when I’m not photographing. The morning after a storm is usually as clear as our …

Mid-Winter Foliage in Southern California

 I liked how the bare trees contrasted with some remaining “fall color” along the San Gabriel River. We don’t really have true winters here in Southern California but it is nice to photograph the seasons while in transition. The blog isn’t really a good way to view detailed images so I put up a full-resolution …

Mount San Jacinto State Park

 I’ve always been impressed with the size of the San Jacinto Mountains rising above Palm Springs and I knew that one way to go to the State Park was via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. I was curious to see if there was another way to photograph the area so I drove toward Idyllwild. It …

Another Kelso Dunes Photo

 Another view of the Kelso Dunes. If you look closely at the left side of the ridge, you can see the slide marks from where I went down. Everyone else was on the other dunes to the left of here so I had this whole place to myself. I saw a few people run all …

Kelso Dunes

 Rising more than 600 feet from the desert floor and covering about 45 square miles, the Kelso Dunes are quite an amazing sight. From the parking lot, the dunes appear to be easily accessible. However, it is a bit deceiving since the dunes are so large that it looks like a much shorter hike than …

Mojave Trails National Monument

 Senator Diane Feinstein recently introduced legislation to create two new national monuments in the California desert. This was especially interesting to me because the area around Amboy, which I recently photographed, lies within the proposed Mojave Trails National Monument. Happy New Year! See more of my Mojave Desert photos.  

Southern California Rain

 “Weather” is sort of a joke here in Southern California. It is generally either hot or warm year-round out here in the valley but the past week was a bit cooler from the 40′s and 50′s during the day. While cool, the at times heavy rainfall this weekend wasn’t cold enough to produce any new …

Amboy Crater

 Usually before I go shoot a location for the first time, I do a fair amount of research to find out what the terrain is like, history, and what other photographers have done. It was while researching Roy’s Motel a couple of years ago that I discovered the Amboy Crater was located nearby so made …

Seals and Grizzlies

 Having been inspired by Mark Graf’s recent trip to Alaska, I have been considering signing up for a grizzly bear photo tour. I’ve only seen one black bear in the wild for a split second in a wilderness park near my house so I’m sure it would be a huge adrenaline rush to be surrounded …