My September 2017 Photo of the Month is Great Beyond, an image photographed at Shell Beach near La Jolla Cove in San Diego. Continue reading
My May 2017 Photo Of The Month is Sandstone Butte, a black-and-white image made in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Continue reading
My March 2016 Photo of the Month is Badwater Rainbow, an image made in Death Valley National Park during a storm. Continue reading
More From Santee Lakes
More from Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, the beautiful set of lakes just by my home. The El Nino weather system has kicked in and the rain is hitting California hard this week. In the days leading up to this advancing weather system, the light was beautiful. Continue reading
Overlooked 2015 Photographs
I have a lot of overlooked 2015 photographs. Much of this comes from taking the images but not getting around to processing them at home! I get busy just like everybody, so I thought I would make this post and show a few that I have overlooked.
The Hungry Hippo
This is a cool rock formation near Jaguar Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. Curiously, this was the first time I photographed it. This was just after sunrise in temperatures in the low 20s.
To me, this rock reminded me of the Hungry Hungry Hippos game from my childhood.
Storm Over Borrego Springs
This was a great photo day where I took a great image from the Borrego Springs overlook on S-22 of a rainbow, but I neglected to process many of the storm images from the valley floor. The weather was very impressive on that day.
A Storm At The Motor Transport Museum
The Motor Transport Museum in Campo is such a unique place, with possibly hundreds of old decaying vehicles from brands I didn’t even know existed. The San Diego Photo Club went there on a trip, when a storm hit, and I never got around to processing these images. The vibrant colors with the moody cloud cover makes for a great contrast. I need to revisit soon.
The Desert View Tower
I have always ignored this place, although it is an important landmark for my Old Highway 80 Photography Project.
This was the last stop along US Route 80 before it descended the In-Ko-Pah Gorge to the Imperial Valley. The road ends here, but concrete remnants follow Myer Creek all the way to the town of Ocotillo.
I have many more overlooked images, but I thought this selection would make for a nice post.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the images!
My April 2015 Photo of the Month is Rainbow Over Borrego Springs, an image made during a mountain storm earlier in the month. Continue reading
My November 2014 Photo of the Month is Wildwood, a photograph made on Old Highway 80 near Descanso.
The Wildwood Glen Lane segment of Old Highway 80 is one of my favorite stretches of the old road. This section is now closed off, because West of Ellis Spring, near the location of Deadman’s Curve (the curve was located at the current Scenic View area and Interstate 8 cuts across the curve), Interstate 8 obliterated the original road.
The road has belonged to the Cleveland National Forest since the opening of Interstate 8, so you can walk/hike a 1.5 mile stretch of concrete panels. In some areas, you can still make out yellow paint that demarcated the middle. Some panels have dates imprinted. The asphalt shoulders have been lost to time, yet these 80 year-old road stretches still look perfect in areas.
The only evidence of modern life is that this road stretch is used by several companies for running fiberoptic cable, so there are occasional posts off the roadside to demarcate their existence.
Weather, particularly dramatic weather, is what gets me excited. This storm, while not too wet, was blowing through. I loved the contrast between a warm, beautiful, sunset and the foreboding, dark clouds.
As far back as I can remember, I was quite interested in cities, roads, and maps. A Thomas Guide was a desired birthday or Christmas gift. My view on cities changed as I learned about urban sprawl and the effect it had on the larger environment I learned to love. When I discovered photography as an art, it was only a matter of time before the interests of my childhood would intersect with my interests as an adult. Old US Highway 80 in San Diego County was sitting right there for me to discover.
As always, thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the image!
My August 2014 Photo of the Month is Birthday Storm, a photograph made near Oceanside Pier north of San Diego. Continue reading
My July 2014 Photo of the Month is Desert Monsoon, a photograph made in the Cholla Garden of Joshua Tree National Park during a monsoonal lightning storm. Continue reading