Not the Usual Places

  1. Curiosities in the Hinterlands

    Did some more extensive exploring in regions I’ve visited before and turned up some really interesting finds! The first was this mining claim for Talc Queen No. 3, dated August 15, 1940. Did a little digging (no pun intended) and ran across these entries in a 1940 census:  George W.…

  2. Cave Discovery and Traces of Ancient Peoples

    There is considerable back story to how I ended up locating this site. I’d recommend anyone not familiar with my previous adventure out on Lee Flat to read that first for context: https://www.joshpatterson.photo/not-the-usual-places/an-adventure-in-the-mojave I went back up to my petroglyph find this past weekend determined to further explore the area,…

  3. One Hell of a Weekend in the Desert

    How the hell did I get myself into this scrape? I wondered as I sat under the one Joshua Tree that provided some shade but did little to shield me from the gusts of wind whipping up from the flat below. My skin felt like fine-grit sandpaper, my lips were…

  4. Mount Baden Powell

    There is a moment on the trail when the wind becomes playful. Its skirls mingle with fine soil. Earth and air dance in the honeyed light of the evening sun. The wind soughs through the outstretched fingers of the conifers - a vast, lonely sound. An entire forest singing. A…

  5. March 24, 2018 - Gallery Show!

    I am excited to announce my first full gallery show. Featuring works from my wandering through the great state of California. You will have the opportunity to purchase signed, limited edition prints. Would love if you’d join me for opening night!

  6. Mine & New Friends

    My final morning in **** I decide to take a quick side journey up another road since I’d never been. It is close to where I’ve been camping and I can’t resist a road winding into unknown parts. Figured I’d drive until the road got too rough or my brain…

  7. Remnants of Ancient Peoples

    Quick note: This is part 3 of a series of posts on my trip to the wilderness. If you are seeing this for the first time, it’d be worthwhile to scroll down and read Mustangs and Watering Hole first. Thanks for stopping by! I came here looking for specific things.…

  8. Watering Hole

    Quick note: This is part 2 of a series of posts on my trip to the wilderness. If you are seeing this for the first time, it’d be worthwhile to scroll down and read Mustangs first. Thanks for stopping by! Just like every African watering hole, where there is a…

  9. Mustangs

    I have been piecing together hints of a spring in a remote canyon on BLM land outside Death Valley. It fascinated me with mention of the ruins of a ranch, petroglyphs from at least 1000 years ago, mustangs who would water there and then retreat to the relative safety of…

  10. A Brief Visit to Sequoia

    Recently I was engaged for a commercial shoot near Fresno. Up at 3am, we photographed runners swathed in pre-dawn mist. Old oaks lined one side of the path, ghostly vineyards the other. We shot through blue hour and until the sun slowly burned the fog away. Had breakfast at a…

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