Category Archives: California

Best laid plans …

For part of this winter I made plans to camp and photograph in the Big Sur area.  I had my campsite booked and was looking forward to 5 days of exploring the coast.  Then the rains came. The result was … Continue reading

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Potpourri

Over the winter, here in the desert, I haven’t done a lot of “big” photo trips.  I still have had lots of opportunities to capture the beauty that surrounds us.  So here is a sampling of some of my favourite … Continue reading

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Julian – Pie and Beyond

In late November I went with members of my camera club to Julian, CA.  After a 2 hour drive through the Anza Borrego Desert and up a winding road into the mountains, we arrive in this picturesque town in San … Continue reading

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Death Valley

My friends keep reminding me that I haven’t updated my blog in a while so here goes with one update at least. Way back in November, my hearty group of photo buddies and I headed off for a 5-day trip … Continue reading

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Salton Sea November ’16

The other day, 3 friends and I set off early in the morning to photograph birds at the Salton Sea.  We arrived at the State Park just before sunrise so as to take advantage of golden hour. While it was … Continue reading

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Flowering Desert

During winter in the desert, talk often turns to the chance of rain in the forecast.  Will it cause flash flooding?  Will it be enough to bring some relief to the California drought?  But often the talk revolves around what … Continue reading

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite.  The name is magical.  The scenery is amazing.  An area perhaps most made famous by photographer Ansel Adams, it is place to which landscape photographers flock for good reason. A little over a month ago I joined some fellow … Continue reading

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Keys Ranch

Hero.  Scoundrel.  Rancher.  Miner.  Entrepreneur.  Homesteader.  Engineer.  Convicted Murderer.  Felon. Hard working.  Inventive.  Do-it-yourselfer. Father. Husband.  Wheeler Dealer.  Perhaps all of these terms could be applied to a man who was also an important figure in the development of a … Continue reading

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Two Different Hikes

Over the past month I have been on two hikes in two very different yet similar environments.  Similar in that they are both desert-type environments but different in many ways.  One is on the edge of a city, the other … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

For many years one of my New Year traditions was a 5 km run followed by breakfast with friends. In temperatures ranging from near freezing to -20 C, or there abouts, we would navigate through ice and snow for an … Continue reading

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