Monday, March 31, 2014

As I evolve in my photography, I find myself less concerned about simply capturing a scene and more intrigued by the character and depth within the image. I'm constantly in search of textures, layers and patterns in the shadows, background and foreground. I keep in mind the juxtoposition of warm and cool contrasts. I'm looking for lines leading in and around and out. I love patterns within patterns and vertical layers. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

She Wonders

“Later, when she sees the photographs for the first time, she will be surprised at how calm her face looks - how steady her gaze, how erect her posture. In the picture her eyes will be slightly closed, and there will be a shadow on her neck. The shawl will be draped around her shoulders, and her hands will rest in her lap. In this deceptive photograph, she will look a young woman who is not at all disturbed or embarrassed, but instead appears to be rather serious. 

She wonders if, in its ability to deceive, photography is not unlike the sea, which may offer a benign surface to the observer even as it conceals depths and currents below.” 

― Anita ShreveFortune's Rocks

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Perfect Storm

California Dreamin

"All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey.
I've been for a walk
on a winter's day" 

Heading out in the early morning hours the rain had just started in Southern California where I'd spent time with my family. It's difficult to put into words the excitement the beginnings of a great road trip presents.   My mind dances around with images stored of rocky coastlines and ocean leading waterfalls and lush greenery.  Coastal dunes and tide pools to explore, the crash of waves and the cry of sea birds.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Technicolor terrain of oxidizing minerals and metals.
 Death Valley's abstracts have me captivated and mesmerized. Red, pink and yellow from iron salts. Decomposing tuff-derived mica greens and the manganese shades of blue and purple. A volcanic and volatile history have produced some of the most spectacular landscapes. I predict a life-time love affair in the making.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

20 Mule Team Canyon, Death Valley National Park

Friday, March 21, 2014

“Do you have any idea what it feels like to suddenly realize that the reason you’ve have been so lost your whole life is because a piece of you was missing and you never even knew it—only to find that missing piece and know that you can’t have it and so you will never, ever be whole?”

― Olivia Fuller, Something Wicked

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


"Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story from everything you touch." 
— Hans Christian Andersen

By the waters edge I stood after the rain. I found a tranquil spot and let the heavy backpack slide off my back. I'd been hiking for awhile, now I suddenly felt light and unburdened. A slight chill of air lifts my hair and the smell of damp ponderosa pine and incense-cedar still lingers after the rain.  I set up my tripod and secure my camera and I peer into the viewfinder. 

Clinging moss and massive granite boulders.
 Early morning sun above a quiet forest canopy 
and the smell of damp ponderosa pine and incense-cedar after a rain.
 Hiking and exploring Yosemite National Park

Monday, March 10, 2014

Yosemite National Park, California 

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Centered, Patient, Content

Outdoor Photography Magazine 
Photo Of The Day

Thanks to Chris Robinson

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Calfornia Dreamin

McWay Falls

I've often noted that on my longer road trips I'm prone to intense dream activity. I think many factors come into play.  On the road, I'm usually free of any time restraints and obligations which could produce a more relaxed state.  Up early for sunrise shots and shooting often straight through to sunset my level of exhaustion and physical activity is dramatically changed.  By the time I finally lay my head down my body and mind are prime for some quality REM sleep. For whatever reason I'm prone to these events, they seem to arrive with life-altering lessons that often make the journey about much more than photography.