Thoughts on Driving the Southern California Desert

It wouldn't be Southern California without extremely eccentric expressions of individuality, like Salvation Mountain near the Salton Sea. Cars can be art as well as transportation. I'm of two minds when it comes [...]

By |2016-04-21T13:31:42-05:00April 18, 2016|Categories: National Parks, North America, United States|Tags: , , , , |13 Comments

Salvation Mountain, Salton Sea, California

It's no accident that the so-called great Western religions grew out of the desert. Because the desert affects the brain. If you're out there too long, you begin to see things. And believe things. Things [...]

By |2016-04-08T12:54:04-05:00April 8, 2016|Categories: North America, Photo of the Day, United States|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

East Jesus, California: a Short, Strange Trip

No stupid people allowed at East Jesus. Or maybe just no people? Here's the thing about the desert: it really wasn't meant for people to live in. That's why the few people who [...]

By |2018-10-30T07:58:04-05:00April 7, 2016|Categories: North America, Photo of the Day, United States|Tags: , |10 Comments

Desert Sunset, Keys View, Joshua Tree, California

Why are desert sunsets so beautiful? Desert sunsets, like this one at Keys View at Joshua Tree National Park, are particularly red due to the dryness of the air. Moist air tends to scatter light more. Also, deserts tend to have cleaner air, and therefore allow the light a more direct path to the eye, making the color more dramatic.

By |2019-06-12T08:18:03-05:00March 28, 2016|Categories: National Parks, North America, Photo of the Day, United States|Tags: , |4 Comments

Snowy Mountain in the Distance, Joshua Tree

When we visited Joshua Tree National Park last year, we actually got a little bit of rain. And I mean a very little bit. It was a brief respite though from the very dry last [...]

Cholla Garden, Joshua Tree National Park

I like this photo for a few reasons. The sunlight behind the cholla thorns makes a nice halo effect. I shot it with my iPhone. And, it's heavily cropped. The photo shown here is less [...]

Night Photography, Joshua Tree National Park, California

With or without the moon. That's the question in this nighttime shot in the Joshua Tree desert. I was thinking about setting up to make just this shot when I noticed that my [...]

Moonrise, San Francisco, California

We took time out from our western National Park tour last summer to fly to San Francisco for the wedding of two dear friends. It was a great affair. A City Hall wedding, a wine [...]

By |2016-02-05T08:52:52-05:00February 5, 2016|Categories: North America, Photo of the Day, United States|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Hidden Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park

As we hiked around the Hidden Canyon in Joshua Tree National Park, we were struck by the various scenes posed by the bright sun and the dramatic clouds. And of course the trees. And the [...]

By |2017-09-06T09:45:47-05:00September 29, 2015|Categories: National Parks, North America, Photo of the Day, United States|Tags: , |2 Comments