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    Tecopa Hot Springs and the History of the Pauite People

    Tecopa Hot Springs and the History of the Pauite People

    A hot spring oasis near Death Valley, fed by the elusive Amargosa River. (Amargosa, Spanish for bitter.) This land was inhabited by the nomadic Paiute people, who lived in the desert climate of the Colorado Basin to Southern California, and Northern Arizona. The Paiute people had first made contact with Spanish explorers in 1776 while […]

    Wasteland Weekend 2018

    Wasteland Weekend 2018

    This Wasteland Weekend was not my first, but I had a lot of firsts at Wasteland 2018. This was the first year I was on “build crew.” It was very cool seeing the land turn from a nothing desert to a vibrant city from some uncertain future. I had a great time helping and learning […]

    A Hike through Mormon Rocks

    A Hike through Mormon Rocks

    As a kid, I would often stare out the window, admiring the vast landscape. Often we’d be driving on Highway 138 through the Cajon Pass and I would see these amazing rocks jetting out of the earth. Pocketed with holes, I would imagine Native Americans hiding pottery and other treasures in the thousands of possible […]

    Long Beach, California, 2018 Haute Dog Howloween Parade and Costume Contest

    Long Beach, California, 2018 Haute Dog Howloween Parade and Costume Contest

    Every year, I try to make it out to the annual Haute Dog Howloween Parade in Long Beach, CA. People from all over to show off their pups and to dress up for a chance to be silly and walk down the red carpet.  I love coming out and seeing the community of puppies and […]

    Long Beach Pride Parade - 2018

    Long Beach Pride Parade – 2018

    A few photographs from 2018’s Long Beach Pride Parade.  

    Smokey Sunrise over Ventura
    Smokey Sunrise over Ventura

      Smokey Sunrise over Ventura #thomasfire #venturafire #SoCalFires #wildfires #firefighters #firesmoke

    Thomas Fire Over Carpinteria
    Thomas Fire Over Carpinteria

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    Thomas Fire, Ventura
    Thomas Fire, Ventura

    With flames on each side, a house stands threatened in the foothills of Carpinteria. The fire crews say that if high winds appear, the fight would begin with roughly a ten minute warning. That’s why these crews from Anaheim and other cities camp in “defensible positions” to establish a boundary of containment. (Currently at 15%) […]

    Rescue Workers and Thomas Fire
    Rescue Workers and Thomas Fire

    Under the glow of approaching flames, members of the Anaheim Fire Department set up their cots and get some rest. With slow winds there isn’t much to do but wait. #thomasfire #venturafire #anaheimfd #anaheimfirefighters #socalfire #calfire #southerncaliforniafire #socalfires #wildfires #wildfire

    Horses and Thomas Fire in Ojai, CA
    Horses and Thomas Fire in Ojai, CA

    A horse calmly watches the Thomas fire as fire crews and prisoners frantically work hard, creating a break line from the encroaching flames. #thomasfire #thomasfireventura #wildfire #forestfire #ojaifire #ojai #venturacounty #firefighters #lospadresnationalforest #socalfire #socalfires #californiafires #horselife #binded #casitassprings

    Thomas Fire
    Thomas Fire

    A motocyclist pulls over to take pictures on Highway 33, south of Oak View, as the Ventura fire encroaches onto nearby oil fields. #cafires #cafire #socalfires #wildfire #calfires #lafires #ventura fire #venturafires #venturacounty #firegfighters #forestfire #thomasfire #ojai #fillmore #lafire #venturacounty #venturacountyfire

    Creek Fire
    Creek Fire

    Helicopters take flying low and dropping water from a reservoir onto the #creekfire. Reports indicate 0% containment and at least a few more days of heavy Santa Ana gusts. #firecreek #lafire #losangelesfire #wildfire

    Embers burn as flames come against neighborhoods in North Los Angeles #creekfire #lafire #firephotography #wildfire

    Embers at the Creek Fire
    Embers at the Creek Fire

    Embers burn as flames come against neighborhoods in North Los Angeles #creekfire #lafire #firephotography #wildfire

    I had the honor of photographing the food as well. As the opening ceremony for the US flagship branch of Yang Braised Chicken. Since it’s beginning in 2011, Yang’s has grown to over 6,000 stores and has opened its first restaurant in Australia earlier this year. They make only this dish and serve it until […]