As 2015 comes to a close, I can’t help but take a look back and be grateful for all the cool things I was able to see and do this year. I’ve been to quite a few new places and got to shoot and hang out with some of my most favorite people. It’s been a great year! In looking back on my photos, it was hard to choose
I’ve never been much of a morning person. Matter of fact, if I had my way I’d sleep till noon and stay out and play all afternoon and night. While others are up with the dawn shooting sunrises, I’d rather shoot the sunset and then revel in the lights that come on after dark. The city is so dirty and seedy right up close, but from a distance the city lights draw me
One of the benefits of taking road trips are those “hey wait, what was that?” moments. Moments where you make a U-turn and jump out of the car with camera in hand. Of course there are all the short stops and way points on the road where you grab a few shots and head on your way. What to do with all those photos that don’t really warrant a whole story? I know! We’ll call it “On The Road” and make a series of it! So here we go!
You might have guessed by now, that when I travel, it’s mostly road trips. I’m usually trying to travel on the cheap. Which means I don’t stay in fancy hotels or dine in upscale restaurants. All I need is a place to crash, a hot shower and something in my stomach. I want to spend my time and money on exploring not on accomodations. However, there are those times
Of all the places I visited this summer, Victorian Ferndale was one of my favorites. Founded by the Shaw brothers in 1852 near the mouth of the Eel River, Ferndale is known for it’s well preserved Victorian storefronts and homes. Six historic buildings are listed on the
One of the things I love most about photography is finding new and unexpected places to visit. When you think of parks to visit while in California, the places that come easily to mind are Yosemite, Sequoia and Death Valley. Those places are awesome for sure and are not to be missed when visiting the Golden State. But, there is another place that doesn’t get much press, at least I hadn’t heard about it. In planning my summer road trip, I discovered Lassen Volcanic National Park and within it a place known as Bumpass Hell. How can one go wrong in a place with “volcanic” in it’s name and a trail to “hell”?
There’s one place I’ve wanted to visit for the longest time, that place is Bodie Ghost Town. Located northeast of Yosemite and just 13 miles off of California’s SR 395, Bodie is a bonafied gold mining ghost town. Waterman S. Body hit paydirt in the hills north of Mono Lake in 1875 when a mine collapsed and revealed a large quanity of gold.
As part of my summer road trip, I spent 24 hours in Yosemite National Park. Although I’ve lived in California pretty much all of my life, this was just my second visit to the park. It’s a shame really. Yosemite is easily one of the most beautiful places on earth. There is nothing quite like coming into Yosemite Valley. You emerge from a long tunnel cut into the mountain to see one of the grandest views on earth. The valley is laid out before you with three of the most iconic landmarks standing tall: Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome.
If you are ever traveling through California’s central valley on state route 99, make sure you make a pit stop at Bravo Farms in Traver. I had just embarked on a long summer road trip and was traveling through the central valley on my way to Yosemite when I started to see signs advertising cheese, nuts and ice cream. I thought, I could use some mozzarella to go with the tomato and balsamic salad I had packed for dinner! I pulled off the highway and found Bravo Farms, which at first glance was a basic roadside stand although a bit cooler. The view from the outside was just the beginning, Bravo Farms was holding a secret inside.