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Coachella 2014

April 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Best Chella ever!

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Causeway Columns

March 26th, 2014 · No Comments

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Giant’s Causeway

March 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

After a boozy rowdy night in some of Belfast’s best pubs, today was a day of beauty and peace, wandering the coast along the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

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Gilbert Riparian Preserve

February 17th, 2014 · 3 Comments

I was treated to some one-on-one instruction of wildlife photography this weekend by my friend Bill at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve. It was a lot of fun, but it showed me that I have a LOT to learn to become a serious wildlife photographer! Here’s a couple shots from the day – none of which I’m super excited about – but you have to start somewhere!

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Dry as a Bone at Coffee Flat

February 5th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Just enjoyed a couple nights in the Superstition Wilderness, hiking across Barkley Basin From the Peralta Trailhead, then back across Miner’s Needle to Bluff Springs and finally looping back to the trailhead via the Bluff Springs trail.

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The stretch across the basin as we heading toward Coffee Flat provided fantastic long views, with Picketpost Mountain far to the east.

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Even though we didn’t find one drop of water flowing anywhere, the vegetation here is lush and thick. We found a small grassy spot to camp on for the first night and it seemed like the perfect spot until we discovered scorpions EVERYWHERE. Small Bark Scorpions, (the deadliest kind) were found under every rock and log we lifted… so we stopped moving things around!

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We made a fine fire, cooked up a quick meal and sipped on Jameson while the sun descended. The night was quiet without a whisper of wind and shadows of the calm rolling hills were punctuated by the silhouettes sharp cliffs topped with hoodoos. It was a cloudy night so the star gazing wasn’t great, but reasonably warm.

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The next day we hiked about 11 miles and landed atop a peak overlooking the valley – we decide to not use tents, just sleeping out in the open and enjoying the fine views. As the sun set, the clouds disappeared and we enjoyed a clear starry night. I watched three shooting stars before finally dropping off to sleep.

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saguaro forest

lots of sentinals

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Chihuly at the Garden

January 13th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Returned to the Botanical Garden for some daylight shots!

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Hafod Y Garreg

December 13th, 2013 · 1 Comment

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Chihuly in the Garden

December 7th, 2013 · No Comments

Artist Dale Chihuly’s incredible glass creations have returned to the Desert Botanical Garden! This is an amazing exhibition of his vibrant works of art placed within the desert setting.

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balls

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orange-fingers

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Superstitions Wilderness: Reavis Ranch and 4X4 Trek

December 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

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It’s a great time of the year to explore in the Superstition Wilderness, so I decided to combine some backpacking with a 4X4 adventure in the eastern section. I started at the Roger’s Trough Trailhead and hiked up into Reavis Ranch, then returned back to the truck to complete a 48 mile loop through some fantastic and exciting primitive roads.

Reavis Valley

Reavis Ranch is an abandoned homestead, named after Elisha Reavis, one of the first settlers here and known as the “Hermit of the Superstitions”. Reavis had a little farm high up on the plateau where he grew vegetables and would occasionally make his way into the Florence area to sell them.

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The trail begins with a steep descent down to the creek, then climbs up to over 5200 feet in elevation. When I reached the top, a completely new ecosystem is revealed with abundant Manzanita, Juniper and Pines. I walked through beautiful open grassy meadows next to a permanently flowing stream, and there was a good bit of snow cover on the ground.

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I found a pretty little campsite near the stream and quickly made camp as the sun set. Within a very short time, I had my tent set and a roaring fire. Manzanita makes a wonderful campfire with brisk flames and pleasant smoky scent. The temperature dropped quickly, but the fire and a flask of jameson’s kept me nice and warm! The skies were clear and moonless and perfect for a night of stargazing.

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The next morning I rose early and decided to hike for a few hours before breakfast. Taking just my camera, I strolled through the pleasant valley in the morning sun. Moving quickly and silently, I saw a lot of wildlife: four bluejays, a cardinal, some kind of grouse, a couple hawks, about a dozen whitetail deer, garter snake and my first encounter with Arizona bears! I rounded a corner and surprised two of them – very small in size, probably about 200 pounds, and they bolted into the woods before I could even lift my camera.

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I also discovered a magnificent giant and ancient Juniper tree , a good 10 or 12 feet in diameter.

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Returning to camp, I made a quick breakfast and then packed up and returned to the truck. From there I continued along forest road 172 and then to 650 to complete an exciting but hairy drive up and over the mountains. It was single lane the entire lane and there were many times I thought there was no possible way my truck could handle the challenge of negotiating large rocks, deep gulleys, scary tilted hills and thick pools of mud. But the FJ had no problem with any of it, and when I wasn’t super scared, I actually was enjoying the fantastic views from high up on the range.

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It was a terrific adventure and one I will definitely revisit!

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Coachella Montage 2011 – 2012 – 2013

December 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

My favorite shots from the last four Coachella Music festivals, all wrapped up into one frenetic music video!

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Road to Hafod Y Garreg

November 7th, 2013 · 1 Comment

An example of the roads leading to the cottage in rural Wales!

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Hafod Y Garreg

October 31st, 2013 · 1 Comment

Hafod Y Garreg – or “Cottage on the Rock”, where we stayed in rural Wales. Beautiful! Thank you once again Roger!

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Dolgellau

October 30th, 2013 · No Comments

A scenic little town in Gwynedd, northwest Wales.

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Machynleth Shopkeeper

October 26th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Stopped here in Machynleth, Wales to purchase a cool Wales Red Dragon beer stein. Quirky owner is completely immersed in his rambling collection of odds and ends.

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For Martin:

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Roads in Wales

October 25th, 2013 · No Comments

A collection of images of the roads we traveled in rural Wales near Dolgellau.

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Portmeirion, Wales

October 24th, 2013 · No Comments

Portmeirion is a tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village and is now owned by a charitable trust. Wandering through the grounds here is an eerie experience – it’s scenic but weirdly artificial. Still, the vibrant colors and eccentric juxtaposition of architectural elements made for some interesting photos.

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Sunset over Barmouth

October 24th, 2013 · No Comments

Barmouth is located on the west coast of North Wales, lying between a mountain range and the sea on the mouth of the river Mawddach. This shot is taken from just north of my friends cottage… beautiful!

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Lyddington, England

October 16th, 2013 · No Comments

Main street, Lyddington.

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Next to the church in the beautiful ironstone village of Lyddington, Lyddington Bede House originated as the medieval wing of a palace belonging to the Bishops of Lincoln. By 1600 it had passed to Sir Thomas Cecil, son of Queen Elizabeth’s chief minister, who converted it into an almshouse for 12 poor ‘bedesmen’ over 30 years old and two women (over 45), all free of lunacy, leprosy or the French pox.

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Coventry, England

October 15th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Had a nice afternoon wandering around the university area and Coventry Cathedral, then lunch with my Aunties and Uncle!

Coventry has had three Cathedrals in the past 1000 years: the 12th century Priory Church of St Mary, the Medieval Parish Church Cathedral of St Michael and the modern Coventry Cathedral, also named for St Michael.

The majority of the great ruined churches and cathedrals of England are the outcome of the violence of the dissolution in 1539. The ruins of St Michael’s are the consequence of violence in our own time. On the night of 14 November 1940, the city of Coventry was devastated by bombs dropped by the Luftwaffe. The Cathedral burned with the city, having been hit by several incendiary devices.

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Castell y Bere – Gwynedd, Wales

October 13th, 2013 · No Comments

This castle was built by Llywelyn the Great in the 1220′s to maintain his authority over the local people and to defend the south-west part of the area of Gwynedd. It’s just on the other side of the mountain that overlooks Roger’s cottage to the north.

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