Mt. Tam Sunset & Sunrise • July 2018

Anthony and I took off to Mt. Tam with one goal - to shoot the rolling fog that butts up against the foothills of Mt. Tam.

With this in mind, we booked it from Santa Cruz in his truck and made it up to a nice lookout on the mountain prior to sunset. We walked out a bit, found a few spots to stop and shoot, and ultimately ended up watching the sunset from this gorgeous lookout with some other company.

it's neat to watch everybody patiently waiting. quietly sitting still, waiting fo the light to fade.

Whether it's the first time or you've lost track of how many times you've been, Mt. Tam is something of another world for a little bit.

Though this was a quick trip up for the night and back the next afternoon, we got to be in so many different spots watching the ways the low fog interacted with the rolling hills below while the light was carried with it.

Sometimes it's the incredibly ill-prepared trips where you decide not to even grocery shop and just get In-n-Out for dinner, simply packing oatmeal and coffee for the morning just to hold us over that make for some pretty good times. Of course I'm inspired on a whole different level by larger trips that take planning and more adventure-seeking, but I find it pretty soothing to keep mini adventures like this a constant part of my life. Who knows where you're really heading next?

Joshua Tree • March 2017

For Spring Break from university, my family and I decided to travel down South to one of the most beautiful deserts around.

We stayed in a refurbished Homestead out in the small and sandy town of Twentynine Palms, something out of an old movie, but with modern decor and absolutely no neighbors. The drive in took us down a side road off Highway 62 for a few miles, and that's where the pavement ended. We continued for another 5 miles on a one-lane dirt road only to arrive at out destination in the middle of an absolute dust storm.


The desert light was amazing, as were the MILLIONS of Hummingbird Moth caterpillars that littered the ground. I'm not kidding when I say millions - coming into camp, the roads were speckled with what we thought were small rocks, but upon closer inspection the entire road was literally crawling with these little buggers. They crawled all over our campsite all day long in search of little shrubs to munch on.

Of course we had to spend some of our short time down south in the stunning Joshua Tree National Park, somewhere I've wanted to visit since I was a child. We hiked for hours and I got lost climbing the rock caverns, finding the top and scanning the vast valley with its rock formations, twists and turns, and Joshua Trees. 

Being a Los Angeles native, I'm one to know the lack of stars overhead, always searching for the least light-polluted areas to drive out of the city for, but this was something else. The stars came out in full-force, brighter and more celestial than I'd seen before.

Needless to say, but I'll be back again.