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 …

San Jacinto Wildlife Area

 My previous visit to the San Jacinto Wildlife Area was a productive one, but that was in the winter three or four years ago. I feel that a photographer can photograph a place at least three or four times with a fresh perspective so I wanted to see if I could get some of the …

Mount Baldy Village Mountain Light

 Saturday was the first time in two months that I had gone anywhere to shoot photos. I’ve been burned out from processing and submitting travel photos so I needed a break. For the time being, I’m just going to focus on landscape photography just like how I started off chasing weather and light. I like …

Point Lobos State Reserve Sunset

 As pointed out in my previous blog posts, California State Parks Access Pass and Allan Memorial Grove, Point Lobos SR, the California State Parks system is in danger of being compromised from the proposed budget cuts. I could get by just fine without a city like L.A. but I cannot imagine living in a California …

California State Parks Access Pass

 The Director of Communications from the California State Parks Foundation asked me to help pass on this plan to help save our California State Parks from budget cuts. http://www.calparks.org/takeaction/ Here is some info from the California State Parks Foundation website: “Today, CSPF took the first of a series of formal steps toward a long-term, sustainable …

Allan Memorial Grove, Point Lobos SR

 On my recent trip to Monterey, I came to the realization that Point Lobos State Reserve has the most spectacular scenery along the entire California coast. In particular, I think the Allan Memorial Grove trail is really something special. Point Lobos can be a difficult place to photograph but when you walk around this place, …

A Walk in the Woods

 I don’t recall sharing this story before but it is kind of embarrassing. I was on a trail looking for an overlook of Taylorsville Lake and in parts you have to go through that thick brush and into the forest you see on the left. After some time, I saw a bunch of white things …

Devils Postpile National Monument

 As mentioned in the Milky Way Galaxy post, one of the photographer’s I was traveling with wandered off to Rainbow Falls without letting us know and also left far too late in the day without being prepared for night conditions. The trail to Rainbow Falls from Devils Postpile is at least two miles through the …

McWay Falls

 It took me a whole lifetime of exploring up and down the California coast to finally get a picture of McWay Falls. Yes!!&&!!!@! Being one of the most iconic spots along the coast, it may sound weird to be so excited, but when if you spend a good chunk of your day fantasizing about the …