March 31, 2016

Spring In The Mojave Desert

It's spring in the Mojave Desert, with beavertail pricklypear blooming all around. Indigenous people still use this plant as a food source, including making jelly with the fruits. I'm always charmed by the presence of beavertail cactus, not only when it's showy like this but all year round. 

March 25, 2016

Arizona Hot Springs, White Rock Canyon

Slot Canyon, Hot Springs, Mineral Deposits, Sky.

The waters of this spring come out of the rocks at about 111F and cascade down a series of pools. It's well worth the six mile hike to literally soak in the raw power of Nature. 

-Lake Mead National Recreation Area

March 19, 2016

Ostara 2016

The smell of dry juniper bark, creosote, granite. The hot Mojave sun on my skin, big pale-blue sky. Welcomed eerie silence. My bare feet pressed to the desert floor and dust in my hair. 
Happy Spring Equinox.

March 18, 2016

Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Sunday March 6, 2016

       I had two photographer friends suggest that the rainbow was faked in this image- filtered in or photoshopped, because it's below the horizon. It's not fake. This is how it really looked. Now, I'm by no means a documentarian and I adjust my pictures to communicate how a place/time FELT to me rather than show how it looked literally. But adding a rainbow is a stretch I won't make. I don't make Care Bear cartoons, this is my landscape photography and I aim to show the spirit of place above anything else.
       Ansel Adams conveyed mood expertly with his negative making and printing skills. In fact, he would print the same negatives differently at different times in his life to reflect his mood at the time. Granddaddy Adams did it, most other photographers do it and I do it too, my own way. This is what elevates photography to art in the first place. In a sense, it makes every picture a self portrait of the photographer to some degree.
       Red Rock Canyon is a special kind of magic on its own without help from me. This rainbow is real, ya'll and I love it. This storm was one of the most beautiful moments I've witnessed at Red Rock Canyon yet and I'll keep going back as often and for as long as I can. Like with all relationships, "one must observe the proper rites." 

       I will have functioned as a photographer if my pictures stir reverence for Nature in the viewer and inspire a need to care for the land (and water and air and plants and animals) much better than we have been. Our collective sanity and survival on this planet depend on it but improving our ways for Nature's sake, without any particular promise of benefit to ourselves, is ideal. Nature deserves to function in peace for its own sake. I hope one day very soon that we understand this and behave accordingly.

March 11, 2016

Proliferation & Entropy

Death Valley Super Bloom, 2016
Streaks of Desert Gold wild flowers beyond Ashford Mill ruins. There hasn't been a bloom like this in Death Valley since 2005 and 1998 before that.

March 4, 2016

Amboy Crater

Amboy Crater is the jet-black nested cinder cone of an extinct volcano surrounded by a 27sq mile lava field in the heart of the Mojave Desert. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973 and last erupted 10,000 years ago. This photo was made overlooking Bristol Lake, a playa or dry lake bed, to the east of the crater.