This photo was taken of an abandoned water pump on the Sycamore Canyon trail recently exposed to the outside elements after the Spring Fire swept through the Sycamore Canyon in the Santa Monica National Park in May 2013. To see more photos from my hike after the Spring fire click here.
If you have followed my work at all or my travel updates via social media you probably know that one of my all-time favorite places to go is Death Valley National Park, especially during the late to early spring season. Nearly all my childhood camping memories have some tie to Death Valley.
The other day I was starting to feel the itch to go after seeing another photographer's pictures from Death Valley, and I realized it has been over two years since I have visited the park and four years since I have been in the main valley itself. Unfortunately there will be no plans to go in the foreseeable future, but it won't stop me from reminiscing on past trips.
The picture above was taken in Golden Canyon near the iconic Zabriske Point.
Slogging through mud on the nearby Fullerton Loop was well worth it for this shot. Taken a little over a year ago near the Brea Dam.
This particular season in life my opportunities to wander with a camera are not as frequent as I would like, so when I do get a chance I appreciate them more than ever before. Last weekend I got one of those moments so, I wandered up to nearby Uptown Whittier.
In an area like Southern California that reveres the latest-and-greatest as the ideal I find myself drawn visually to cities and towns that had still have some kind of footprint from the early 20th century, like Whittier, still visible. Below are some alternate images.
This past weekend I was able to spend with dear friends of mine from college. We all congregated up in Portland for great conversation and quality time digesting our past year.
I took this photo one morning wandering the streets of Portland seeking a good view of Mount St. Helens.
Five years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Liberia to help my wife's grandfather rebuild the library for ABC University (formerly African Bible College) near the Guinea border. It was a life changing trip getting a chance to share God's love with people who had seen nothing but civil war and anarchy for over 15 years. A trip that helps you a get true perspective of genuine need.
I spent the bulk of the two weeks of our trip running ethernet cables and setting up computers, but I did get some time behind the camera as well. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
This year, though I took fewer trips, and therefore fewer pictures, it was still a momentous year. It marked a revamped website for Dubland and several life-changing personal events, including the addition of Baby number 3, and my wife, Heidi's, stage II breast cancer diagnosis. (Her prognosis is very good, but we still have to go through all the traditional treatment, including surgery and chemotherapy.)
And so, though a smaller quantity of pictures may have been taken, it was still difficult choosing my top ten. Here they are, in no particular order.
I love going back into all my old photos and discovering gems I might have overlooked in the past. This year was a watershed year for discovering lost treasures as I was revamping the website and revisiting my library of photos. Here's some of the notable ones I rediscovered this year, in no particular order. Next week my top images taken in 2013.
I have recently been reflecting on some of the trips I have taken this year, remembering 2013 and all it brought. Doing so I am finding some great little treasures like the image above.
This image was taken in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest this past April in 20 degree weather. It was mighty cold but the scenery made it well worth the inconvenience.
Coming next week my first ever list of the year's best images.
Back from a great weekend of giving thanks for all we've been given. Here's a shot taken on a hike after our post-Thanksgiving meal. We didn't get much rain but it made for a dramatic sunset.
I stumbled across this photo looking back over old photos and I was astonished I hadn't done anything with this shot. I took this about a year and half ago up in the White Mountains during a summer thunderstorm. You will recognize this tree from another photo a took about 7 month ago.
Nine years ago this month I met the love of my life, though I didn't know it at the time. We met at work, and got to know each other carpooling to work and my life has never been the same. Seven and half years of marriage, 3 kids, and countless adventures and I have cherished every moment with Heidi.
Two weeks ago our lives had a very shocking bump in the road. Heidi was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer that has come on very quickly, and life has been a blur ever since. Today she scheduled surgery and the start of her cancer treatment. It's beatable and curable, but we know we have a long road ahead of us. I couldn't be more proud of her and the courage she has shown in the midst of some very tough and painful decisions. We know God is sovereign in this and everything as we pray for His healing hand on Heidi.
If you wish to read more about her journey through cancer treatment visit her blog:
While on my backpack in the Evolution Valley last month I tried my hand at shooting some time lapses. Above is one of them, taken at Colby Meadow. It's comprised of a shot every 30 seconds which ended up being a bit fast, but I learned a lot and I am eager to try it again.
You will notice at the end of the video smoke from the Rim Fire all the way up in Yosemite creeped into the valley. I was hoping it would make a dramatic sunset, but it wasn't to be the smoke just made the air murky and gloomy.
Over the Labor Day weekend my brothers and I went on a 5-Day 37 mile backpack in the Eastern Sierras that went through the Evolution Valley in the middle of the John Muir Trail. Here are the first few shots from that trip. I will add more photos as the week progesses.
10 years ago this month I made the switch from film to digital when I took a massive 3 megapixel Kodak camera on my trip to Great Britain, and I never looked back. This was taken at Stirling Castle in Scotland.
Photo collage experiment to accentuate the contorted and twisted look of these unique ancient trees.
A little over 2 months after the Springs fire ripped through the Santa Monica Mountains my brothers and I went on a hike from Sycamore Canyon up to Sandstone Peak.