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23 Mar 2020
Precipice Lake in the Morning Light

Looking at 2020: The Social Distancing Edition

This post is two months later than I had intended, but my personal life has been a bit hectic of late. We moved to a new house in February which has consumed any spare moment I’ve had the last three months. The year has started pretty chaotic between the move, uncertainty of future work thanks to AB-5 in California, and now the whole world is social distancing and self-quarantining itself. For now, looking ahead to future summer and fall trips […]

02 Jan 2020

My Photo Highlights of 2019

The Visual Highlights of 2019 It’s that time of year again. Time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new one, and a new decade. 2019 was quieter travel-wise, but it still provided plenty of visual opportunities. Our little family made some memorable trips throughout California. As for a personal update 2019 was a lot less dramatic than previous years. Life still has it’s challenges being a widower and single parent, but no where near as […]

26 Feb 2018
Weather-Etched Bristlecone Trunk, White Mountain

Weather-Etched Bristlecone Trunk – Featured Image

The ancient bristlecone trees in the White Mountains are a favorite photo subject for me. Their extremely contorted trunks and limbs make for some interesting visual imagery. But I also like to get up close and look at their weather-worn ancient trunks and branches. The high altitude (12,000 feet above sea level) and harsh weather often strips the bark off of at least one side of the tree and can leave some deeply etched scars on the tree. What you […]

25 Jan 2018
Lembert Dome Reflected on the Tuolumne River

Lembert Dome, Yosemite National Park – Featured Image

This week’s image is one my most popular photos I have taken, one of my personal favorites, and has even gotten some recognition on social media. So why am I revisiting this image? Well I thought I’d dig a little deeper and share some of the story of how this photo came to be in the first place, and how it relates to this week in a bittersweet way. Three years ago this month my wife Heidi and I applied […]

09 Jan 2018
Oil Abstract

Oil and Water Abstract – Featured Image

Kicking Off 2018 With the Renewed Weekly Image From Dubland My love for nature photography is not limited to strictly landscape. I do love to look a bit closer at times searching for beautiful intricacies and the abstractions they can lead to. This particular image is one my favorite subjects–oil and water abstraction. The first winter rainy day in Southern California can make even the most ordinary parking lot into a colorful palette of colors. With the new year I […]

29 Dec 2017
Sunset in San Luis Valley, Great Sand Dunes National Park

Looking Back, The Images That Made 2017

The Year That Was It’s that time of year again, remembering the year that was. To recap my personal 2017 and give it full context we have to go back to where I was a year ago in 2016 as my beautiful wife was nearing the end of her three-year cancer journey. The image above I feel typifies my year. Out of the stormy few years I have had I am starting to see light. It’s not quite defined yet, […]

17 Sep 2017

I Need Your Input, What Should I Write About?

Now that Dubland has been successfully relaunched I am prepping for roll out phase two of the new site, creating new content for the blog. So here’s an open call for topic suggestions. What in the wide world of travel, photography, and the general great outdoors do you want me to cover?

14 Aug 2017

Six Months

It has been six months since Heidi’s passing, a little more than one year since I went on leave from work to care for her, and two years from when we learned Heidi’s breast cancer had metastasized. There’s a part of me that feels like all those events were so long ago, and another part of me that still feels like this all happened just yesterday and I am still in the same bog I have been in for the […]

17 Jul 2017
Teakettle Junction Self-portrait

Answering Questions I Frequently Receive

Over the years I have received many queries about me and my work. As part of the rollout of the newly revamped Dubland I thought I would spend some time answering questions, specifically the most common ones I get. What drew you to the outdoors? I grew up in a family that loved to camp and nurtured my love for the outdoors at a young age. It was strengthened even more with the many Boy Scout and church camp outings […]

17 May 2017
Polychrome Overlook, Denail National Park

Dramatic Skies Assignment Winner

This week I was honored to have my picture from Polychrome Overlook in Denali National Park chosen for Outdoor Photographer’s Dramatic Skies Assignment. It’s true honor to be chosen by such a respected publication in the outdoor and nature photography. For those interested in the story behind the photo it was taken on the bucket list trip to Alaska my wife, Heidi, and I planned after she was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. As we were working out our itinerary I […]