Joshua Tree Pilgrimage ~ Bonus Material

Joshua Tree Pilgrimage ~ Bonus Material

So hopefully you have read my other Joshua Tree Pilgrimage posts.  If not, please check out the four-part series here on the blog.  So the whole premise of the trip was learning and teaching with my apprentices from the Arcanum.  And even though we really didn’t hit on it directly, it seemed to be successful.  Maybe more successful because we just went at it as a bunch of friends having and adventure.  Less structure, and pressure to

Joshua Tree Pilgrimage Part IV

Joshua Tree Pilgrimage Part IV

The Trip Grand Finale

Next stop is Flagstaff for the night and up early for sunrise at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.  Erin is along for the ride to Flagstaff from Techatticup, Nevada.  She’ll be grabbing a rental and parting ways after our sunrise rendezvous.  On the way out of Eldorado Canyon we see a sight that is just to gorgeous to resist.  We make a quick stop for some shots.

Joshua Tree Pilgrimage Part II

Joshua Tree Pilgrimage Part II

Leaving the White Sands National Monument and Missile Range in our dust, Murray and I headed off for the nights stay in Hobbs, NM.  On our way out we took our chances at the edge of the range and pulled over to grab this shot…

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Joshua Tree Pilgrimage Part I

Joshua Tree Pilgrimage Part I

Let The Adventure Begin ~ New York to Harrisonburg, VA

I have been an Master/Mentor in The Arcanum for roughly 12 months now. Many of my apprentices have graduated from my cohort and moved on. While they are looking forward to leveling up with other masters and sphere’s, they will always have a place in my community. Late in 2014, one of those apprentices, Lisa Speakman suggested that she would like to do a meet-up in Joshua Tree National Park with some of the other apprentices on the West Coast. After much thought and consideration, I decided that I was overdue for another road trip out west and

Sleepy Hollow Saw Mill ~ Berkshire, New York

Sleepy Hollow Saw Mill ~ Berkshire, New York

Berkshire, New York is a sleepy little town about halfway between the two megatropolis cities of Ithaca and Owego, New York.  Upstate New York is full of small towns just like Berkshire. Once bustling with business and industry, now just small hamlets with a smattering of homes, abandonments, and the families that used to work there.  Many weekends are spent on the road just driving to see what I can see an this was one such trip. While heading towards a site that was suggested by a friend, something interesting caught the corner of my

Ice Castles ~ Stratton, Vermont

Ice Castles ~ Stratton, Vermont

We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt.

~Sir Walter Scott

One of my favorite features of social media is the comment box. Not so much for the comments on my photos which I always love, but even more so for the engagement in general conversation with the friends that enjoy my work. During a recent conversation, my facebook friend Crystal Francisco sent me a “cool” (ed. note: I told him not to do that joke) link to this website called

Help Save The Lonaconing Silk Mill

Help Save The Lonaconing Silk Mill

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.

~Grover Cleveland

Out in what seems to be the middle nowhere in western Maryland is the tiny town of Lonaconing. Home to the iron blast furnace built by the George’s creek Coal and Iron Company in 1837. This would be an amazing attraction for a city twice the size of Lonaconing. But this little town has an even bigger secret garden, the Lonaconing

Facing Fears, Reaping Rewards – Luray Caverns, VA

Facing Fears, Reaping Rewards – Luray Caverns, VA

“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.”

~Samuel Taylor Coleridge C.1798

When I was a kid, like most kids, I loved exploring. I still do, but as anadult I tend to be way more cautious about what and where I explore. I think as we get older we think about family, home, avoiding prison,

Arcanum Anniversary And Artistry Appreciation

Arcanum Anniversary And Artistry Appreciation

It’s hard to believe that it has been 6 months since that email arrived in my box. June 11th, 2014 @ 9:12pm EST to be exact. I had been a long time lurking fan of Trey Ratcliff and not just for his art. To be honest I don’t even think for the longest time I understood it. My how time has changed that. Changed a lot of things really.

Hotel Adler Spa ~ Sharon Springs, New York

Hotel Adler Spa ~ Sharon Springs, New York

Upstate New York, especially the Catskills has always been a desired area for vacationers. In the 60’s and 70’s it was the driving force behind the economy in many small, otherwise tourist-less towns. Many resorts and hotels popped up to serve the masses of business men and woman and their families who were looking for a bit of the “Country” for their summer vacations. Resorts like The Concord, The Pines, and Swan Lake were huge. Some like the