Category Archives: Desert

Wednesday January 9, 2013

PALM DESERT CALIFORNIA – I made the soul-crushing drive up to Palm Desert from Santa Monica this morning to take my medium format Alpa and Phase One gear (a so-called technical camera – probably because you need an engineering degree to set it up and get the most out of it) to Camera West to trade for a Leica S medium format camera. The Alpa just hasn’t been working for me – it requires working from a tripod and my vision suffers when I use a tripod – my work is best when I use a more intuitive and less calculating approach. The Leica S can be hand held elegantly. I traded my technical camera and four lenses for a Leica S and four lenses and got some change back. Nice.

After completing my deal I made the short drive to Sunnylands where I had arranged for a tour through a friend. Sunnylands is the Annenberg estate – it includes a private golf course and a house, grounds and decor that are tributes to mid-century Modern. It’s currently owned by a foundation and used for high-end conferences.

Too much chit-chat here. Let’s move on to some images. The first two with my new camera. The balance are with my Leica Monochrom.

Leica Heaven
Leica Heaven
Visitor Center
Visitor Center
Sunnylands
Sunnylands
Sunnylands
Sunnylands
Sunnylands
Sunnylands
Sunnylands
Sunnylands

On this day last year: Park Avenue pedestrian.

Park Avenue Pedestrian
Park Avenue Pedestrian

Monday March 1, 2010

ANZA-BORREGO DESERT, CALIFORNIA – I grew up in the desert in Utah so arid places are deeply in my comfort zone.  Anzo-Borrego is a serious desert – annual precipitation is less than 7 inches.  During the 1982-89 drought total precipitation was zero.  The Borrego Badlands is often listed as the hottest place in the United States – average summer temperatures are 107 degrees.  Highs of 125 degrees have been recorded.

But this spring there has been reasonable rainfall, so the desert here is remarkably green.

Desert in bloom