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    Growing Marijuana In The Garden

    Growing Marijuana In The Garden

    I spent some time on my friend’s farm in the North East checking out his favorite plants in his garden. The trim season for marijuana growers is approaching, and in states like Vermont and New York, legal demand is expected to explode in the coming years. The laws haven’t entirely caught up. Buying legal weed […]

    Purple Rain at Joshua Tree National Park

    Purple Rain at Joshua Tree National Park

    The colors of the setting sun bring a dramatic effect to the already otherworldly landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. The purple hues of the sky seem to reflect off the rocks and create an ethereal atmosphere. It’s no wonder that this place is a popular spot for photographers and nature lovers alike.

    Worm Moon at Picacho Peak

    Worm Moon at Picacho Peak

    The moon is a beautiful thing. Every month, it goes through phases, waxing, and waning, until it is full and bright in the night sky. And then, it starts to wane again. But the full moon is always special. It’s a time when the night is at its brightest, and the moon is at its […]

    Goodbye 2021

    Goodbye 2021

    On the last sunset, on the last day of the year, I am saying goodbye to 2021, one of the worst years for me. I learned a lot of lessons this year that I won’t mention. A big year of growth for me. Big risks, big mistakes, big lessons. No regrets. Nothing was lost because […]

    In the Cholla Garden

    In the Cholla Garden

    Cylindropuntia bigelovii, the teddy bear cholla (choy-ya), is a cholla cactus species native to Northwestern Mexico, and to the United States in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Desert pack rats such as the desert woodrat gather these balls around their burrows, creating a defense against most predators like kit fox and coyote, however several species of […]

    Desert Scenes 3

    Desert Scenes 3

    “Desert Scene 3” from Joshua Tree National Park Link here and in bio to start your collection:https://bit.ly/3J5ZKdD

    Urban Hawaii
    Urban Hawaii

    A scene from my new collection, Urban Hawaii. Link here and in bio to start your collection:https://love-public-lands.pixels.com/

    Sunset View of West Tucson, Arizona
    Sunset View of West Tucson, Arizona

    A view of West Tucson, Arizona, from Javelina Rocks at Saguaro National Park (East)

    Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
    Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
    Organ Pipe National Monument and the Story of Park Ranger Kris Eggle
    Organ Pipe National Monument and the Story of Park Ranger Kris Eggle

    At the entrance to Victoria Mine2.85 miles from the US – Mexican border On August 9, 2002, near this area, 28-year-old Park Ranger Kristopher William Eggle along with a group US Border Patrol Agents were attempting to apprehend two armed men fleeing the Mexican authorities by crossing into the Organ Pipe National Monument. One suspect […]

    Gaunt Statues of the Sonoran Desert
    Gaunt Statues of the Sonoran Desert

    “They stood alone and heralded the dawn;Gaunt shadowsEtched upon a rimThat tore the jagged edge of day. They stood like phantoms grim,Within a world alone,Upon a lonely way. With muzzles pointed toward the stars now dimIn dawn’s first undertone,They filled the sleeping skyWith eerie wails. Each dismal cryCame drifting on the winds, Borne through the […]

    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 […]

    A View of Southern Death Valley
    A View of Southern Death Valley
    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 […]


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