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Friday, June 22, 2018

When the Cajon was green...





I filmed this in April, 2018, after the recent winter rains. 



This is a drone flight over the Cleghorn Range, in the Cajon Pass;  it serves as a reminder tha the desert is not always a barren land. 




Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dark Chasm: Calico Mountains.


The Calico Mountains.  Known for its mining history, and a favorite spot for off-roaders and recreational shooters.  I too, have been known to plink at targets in this area. 

But, there is much natural beauty to be appreciate, as well.  Un-named gullies and crags abound here, as illustrated in this image that I shot with my drone.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Grove of Joshua Trees...


The advantage of rising early:  which is something that I rarely experience, as I'm not an early-morning person.  It's tough, actually, because the early morning light on a subject is truly a sight to behold.  Most of the time, I capture the afternoon "sweet light."

On the day that I took this photograph, I'd been camping with my wife and our niece near Joshua Tree National Park.  Camping is the best way to get me up early.  My wife and my niece were still snuggled in our tent back at the campsite, when I went into the park to shoot photos on this day.

From April, 2018.



Tuesday, June 19, 2018

El Paso Mountains unfolding...Mojave Desert...





Southern El Paso Mountains.  Saltdale (note the salt deposits) and Koehn Dry Lake can be seen in the distance. 



The drone was launched from a spot that was within 1/4 mile of Burro Schmidt Tunnel.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Crowder Canyon-Cajon Pass.





Formerly known as "Coyote Canyon," Crowder Canyon is one of the places where the Old Spanish Trail and the Mormon Road passed through the Cajon Pass.



Drone footage filmed on June 17, 2018. This was a nice way to spend my Sunday evening!!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Craggy Canyon: Calico Mountains...





I find these obscure canyons to be very interesting.  I wonder how often human feet have touched the ground here, throughout history.



Calico Mountains.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Cloud wave: El Paso Mountains...


I guess that I'm finally participating in "Throwback Thursday."  I took this photograph in 2009.  Since then, some of the off-road trails in the El Paso Mountains have been closed, but quite a few have been re-opened.  So, there's always something new to see, if one wishes to explore.  

People think that I'm crazy, but I frequent the Mojave even during the summer months.  I time my visits to coincide with the cooler parts of the day-early morning or late afternoon/evening.