May 31, 2019

Mojave Desert Love


Anyone who’s gotten too close knows that the cholla cactus is as pernicious as it is beautiful. Precisely like the Mojave Desert itself.

This little sphere of barbed spines, dropped from a full-size cactus and bound to eventually create an entirely new cactus, did indeed attack my model. But @sergio_escobar_ig, toughed through it and remained gracious with me so we could get this picture made 🖤

I’ve been coming back to this picture a lot lately. It’s one of my favorite photos I made living in the desert. I hope that prickly nugget found the right spot to hunker down and grow. 

March 28, 2019

Grotto


Mission San Xavier Del Bac, Tucson AZ
"Bac" is the Native Tohono O'odham word for "place where water appears."

March 15, 2019

Leaving Las Vegas



Before being offered a work transfer, I never would have guessed that I’d ever move to Vegas. Exactly four years to the day that we arrived in this desert city, we’re leaving for another city I wouldn’t have guessed would ever be my home: Dallas, TX.

Las Vegas has so much more to offer than a lot of people give it credit for. It was a good home for a time but like a lot of folks here, it turns out we were just passing through. The strip, casinos, clubs etc were never really my scene but I accept Vegas for what it is- at least it’s far more honest about its true nature than my previous home city was when I lived there. Dear Las Vegas- THANK YOU for everything.

Even the locals who avoid the strip have no choice but to interact on some level with what Las Vegas is famous for. I did enjoy it certain ways; driving Uber between jobs in this town was an AMAZING experience that I’ll miss very much. It softened my judgemental tendencies... a little, lol. I’ve had around 3,000 people in my car, both locals and tourists, every single one was so interesting! Everyone has a story.

But what really gave me life every single day living in Vegas was the surrounding desert wilderness. I didn’t get out into the wilds everyday but just seeing the mountains in the distance beyond the Vegas lights, every moment from every street always put me at ease despite the nonstop frenetic energy in this town.

I love this desert, distinct from the Great Basin Desert to the north and the Sonoran Desert to the south. The Mojave has my heart forever. I’m going to miss it so much; it hurts to leave but goodbyes are the only things guaranteed in life. So I’m good with it. Besides, there are more adventures on the horizon. #MojaveDesertLove 

Thanks to my stunning and fabulous model @sergio_escobar_ig for enduring hours of dusty photo sessions in the desert sun. Gonna miss you honey!

February 1, 2019

Canyon Grape


Canyon Grape, Vitis arizonica.

Indigenous to the Southwest and Mexico, it thrives in deserts near springs and riparian zones especially within canyons. In the Mojave, it's a vibrant harbinger of oasis and reprieve in an otherwise parched place.