Tehachapi Mountains & the Central Valley
As winter storms blew through over the holidays, I was fortunate enough to have a pretty spectacular view out across the southern Tehachapi Mountains and California’s Central Valley. Dramatic skies and light are something I live for - definitely got both on this occasion!
We had the privilege of hosting this fine fellow in our backyard valley oak not too long ago. Gray foxes are distinct from other foxes in that they are well-adapted to climb trees. He hung out and napped in his lofty perch for most of the day. We see he…
In June, my wife Stephanie and I pulled up stakes in Burbank and moved to Stallion Springs outside Tehachapi. We were immediately struck by the two great old valley oak trees in the backyard. After discovering Kawaiisu mortars on the bank of Chanac Creek less than a mile from the…
Into the Mystic
Fog shrouded our valley and that always gets me excited. So I headed out into the … mist-ic?
Paging Ichabod Crane
Come Away, O Human Child
Swingset of the Apocalypse
Spacerock Trail Race 2021
Was absolutely stoked to be photographing trail races after a long dry year of no events. Feels great to be back on the trails, capturing amazing humans pushing themselves to their limits. Spacerock is an annual race put on by New Global Adventures (www.newglobaladventures.com) at the world famous Vasquez Rocks…
A Red Tale
Shortly after moving to Stallion Springs, I discovered a red-tailed hawk nest with fledglings in it. I’ve kept tabs on them ever since. I’ve only seen the parents and a single juvenile for a while, so I’m guessing the second chick didn’t survive. Even though the surviving youngster is fully-fledged…
Old Sites, New Things - New Sites & Sleeping Rings
Once again the Mojave has peeled back another layer and revealed hidden gems. It’s hard to understate how easy it is to miss petroglyphs and archaeological features in this vast and rugged wilderness. Every boulder is laced with cracks and lines. Patches of lichen further disrupt patterns. Heck, bird droppings…
Smoking a Desert Pipe
Many are the times I have encountered this odd plant with its bloated sac and branches protruding from it that make it look like some woody troll doll. It was a curiosity, nothing more. But with all things in the natural world, there’s more to it than a funky hairdo…
I’ve Always Felt This
“Frank Fraser Darling insisted on going barefoot, year-round, on his
beloved island, on the basis that it was hard to feel the pulse of the
universe through half an inch of Commando sole, and I’m sure that he was
an even better zoologist as a result. I want to have…
Stole up to the high desert a day after the storm blew through. Would have loved to be in the wind that painted this. Ice crusts yucca spines until the sun softens it. Then it falls like crystalline rain, coruscating and diamond bright. The shards create patterns in the snow…
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