Sunrise in Joshua Tree


I hated sunrise.  It was very rare, even in my going out to the bar days, for me to ever still be awake when the sun is rising.  I didn't like the feeling of that grey-blue depressing sky between 4am-5am. The chilly sometimes wet feeling Midwest air.   That grey blue sky reminded me of different moments in my life when I was unable to sleep because of loss, tragedy, or major life change.  I would stare at ceiling or window for hours, stuck in my head.

since moving out west, I have had better, more calming experiences with sunrise.  Some of my favorite memories include climbing out a tent to welcome it, or waking up in my car in the middle of the desert to photograph it.  Each of them being witnessed in complete silence, with no interruptions but the sound of the wind and my dogs' breathing (haha)

Took this shot in Joshua Tree over the weekend.  My home away from home. 


Hello all!! If anyone took a business card from my show at the Andaz 2/26. That phone number is no longer in service. It was a fresh line but huge mix up and F-up on the carrier's side.  If you would like to get in contact, use the contact form or email.  Sorry about that!!! 



Sequoia NP

Spent a night in Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon last weekend and brought my pooches with.  It was a nice 110 degrees.  We were originally torn between heading to Salvation Mountain or taking the extra hour to go to Sequoia.  For some reason we thought it'd be a lot cooler, WRONG WRONG WRONG.  It was scorching, but the scenery was fulfilling so that made it all worthwhile.  I must say, I was a bit bear-paranoid after driving into the campsite and seeing a big shit on the side of the road.  Peeing outside is my thing, but this time I did it with wobbly legs staring into darkness.  No--I really had shakey knees! And man, some of those spiders were mutants. and they could run about 20mph.  I might be exaggerating but when you're there in person that's what it feels like.  But anyway here are a couple of photos from the little trip.  -Click on photo to get to next-

last minute drives


I had a layover in Las Vegas. Returning from Chicago to Los Angeles after attending my grandpas wake.  Nobody likes layovers. A part on the plane needed replacing and they weren't sure how long it would take. I rented a car and went on a mini trip for 4.5hours