joshua tree national park

I’ve been wanting to post these for a while now, but never got around doing it. Here are a couple of frames from a camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park back in February. It was my first time in the desert, and it was amazing. I can only recommend going there – but bring some extra blankets, because it gets awfully cold at night…

Panoramic of the Eagle Mountains, taken from the Lost Palms Oasis nature trail in the Sonoran (Colorado) Desert at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The four-mile trail leads from Cottonwood Springs to a secluded canyon filled with California fan palms.

Panoramic of the Eagle Mountains, taken from the Lost Palms Oasis nature trail in the Sonoran (Colorado) Desert at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The four-mile trail leads from Cottonwood Springs to a secluded canyon filled with California fan palms.

A Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) grows in the Mojave Desert near Jumbo Rocks Campground at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Thursday, February 24, 2011. The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree's unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.

A Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) grows in the Mojave Desert near Jumbo Rocks Campground at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Thursday, February 24, 2011. The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree's unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.

Cholla cacti (Opuntia bigelovii) grow in the Cholla Cactus Garden in the Pinto Basin in the Sonoran (Colorado) Desert at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The plant is infamous for its spines covered with tiny, barbed hooks. The spines easily penetrate skin and flesh and are extremely hard and painful to remove. The information plaque at the head of the nature trail leading into the garden features a quote by J. Smeaton Chase who writes in his California Desert Trails (1919): ''If the (cholla cactus) bears any helpful or even innocent part in the scheme of things on this planet I should be glad to hear of it.''

Cholla cacti (Opuntia bigelovii) grow in the Cholla Cactus Garden in the Pinto Basin in the Sonoran (Colorado) Desert at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The plant is infamous for its spines covered with tiny, barbed hooks. The spines easily penetrate skin and flesh and are extremely hard and painful to remove. The information plaque at the head of the nature trail leading into the garden features a quote by J. Smeaton Chase who writes in his California Desert Trails (1919): ''If the (cholla cactus) bears any helpful or even innocent part in the scheme of things on this planet I should be glad to hear of it.''

California fan palms (Washingtonia filifera) grow at Lost Palms Oasis, a secluded canyon in the Eagle Mountains in the Sonoran (Colorado) Desert at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The oasis is the largest collection of California fan palms at Joshua Tree National Park.

California fan palms (Washingtonia filifera) grow at Lost Palms Oasis, a secluded canyon in the Eagle Mountains in the Sonoran (Colorado) Desert at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The oasis is the largest collection of California fan palms at Joshua Tree National Park.

4 Comments March 18, 2011

another day at the surf shop

I was at Terry’s surf shop again today to follow up on some of the pictures I took earlier. I still have one or two pictures that I want to work on, especially the wide angle shot of the two workshops (second shot) and the last shot. I wish Terry was in the frame somewhere. I’m going to camp out there and see if I can get him closing up shop.

Terry Senate in his surf shop in San Clemente, Calif., Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Terry Senate in his surf shop in San Clemente, Calif., Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Terry Senate, center left, and Chuck Johnson, right, work in Senate's surf shop in San Clemente, Calif., Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

Terry Senate, center left, and Chuck Johnson, right, work in Senate's surf shop in San Clemente, Calif., Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

Terry Senate planes a custom-ordered surf board in his workshop in San Clemente, Calif., Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

Terry Senate planes a custom-ordered surf board in his workshop in San Clemente, Calif., Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

Terry Senate works on a custom-ordered surf board in his workshop in San Clemente, Calif., Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

Terry Senate works on a custom-ordered surf board in his workshop in San Clemente, Calif., Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

Terry Senate's surf shop in San Clemente, Calif., Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

Terry Senate's surf shop in San Clemente, Calif., Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

3 Comments March 15, 2011

terry senate, take two

I was at Terry’s surf shop again yesterday. Apart from Vic, an acquaintance of Terry’s, glassing two boards, there was not much going on. However, Terry and I got a chance to sit and chat for a while and get to know each other a little more. I did shoot a little, though – here are a few of the frames I came back with. Let me know what you think about them!

Vic takes a break from working on one of the boards to talk to Terry.


Terry pulls masking tape off a freshly glassed board. I hope I’ll get a chance to work this shot again, because I like what is going on with the background and the colors. This one doesn’t really work as you can hardly see the tape and what’s happening with it.

Here’s another idea that I’ll need to follow-up on with a wider angle. Terry has four workshops, with two being each door-to-door. With the right boards, light, colors and focal length, I think it could be an interesting shot.

This is where you really get to feel the downsides of a rangefinder. I had to reframe that shot at least three, four times, until I finally had Terry’s head in the frame.

Terry hand-signs and numbers each board that he shapes. This one is number 35,152.

This guy saw Terry in his truck and ran to get his board from his house. He wants Terry to shape him a new board, and needed to show him something on his old one.

March 14, 2011

16-34 and counting…

These news are worth spreading:

From the Clout Street blog of the Chicago Tribune: Quinn signs death penalty ban, commutes 15 death row sentences to life

March 9, 2011

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