The intensely vibrant color found in such a relatively lifeless place blows my mind. If you've never spent time in the desert, I recommend taking the time to do so. You will undoubtedly learn something about the world, or at the very least, about yourself.
"The desert does not mean the absence of men, it means the presence of God."
On my recent road trip, leaving Yosemite and on my to Mammoth Lakes, I passed this old abandoned house on Hwy 395. I was going too fast to pull over in that moment, but I did find a safe place to turn around further up the road. I made my way back, parked on the side of the road and spent about 10 minutes photographing this beautiful scene. I even made friends with another photographer that stopped to shoot it as well. He had been traveling around photographing ghost towns - something I'd love to do, I discovered in that moment. Eventually a police officer pulled up to check on us, and soon after we all went our separate ways.
"Old houses are full with memories and that's why they resist to collapse."
-Mehmet Murat Ildan
This is a member of the woodpecker family that I was fortunate enough to photograph last week. This particular bird is taking a break from woodpecking to check in on the family.
"Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home."
There's a family of Acorn Woodpeckers that live a few blocks from my house. I've been trying to photograph them for over a month now, but I hadn't had any luck. Either I'd see them and didn't have my camera, or I'd have my camera and didn't see them. But just the other day, I had the good fortune of photographing them for about 45 minutes. I got all kinds of great shots that I'll be sharing with you, but I thought this was a fun one to start with. Woodpeckers, like us, build homes to live in, and also like us, peek their heads outside to see what the heck that noise was.
"The Acorn Woodpecker stores nuts in individually drilled holes in trees called granaries. The acorns are jammed in so tight that even squirrels can’t pry them out. Some of these granary trees have up to 50,000 holes drilled by extended woodpecker families."