Local Fare ~ CMOG ~ Corning, NY

This will be the first in a series of  posts on local travel locations.  Often, because I have lived here so long, I have overlooked the obvious.  Many of these sites I visited regularly when I was a kid and they have all stood the test of time for a reason.  My hope is to share these fascinating places in a new light.  I am kicking the series off with

Mono Lake

Mono Lake ~ California

Mono Lake (moh-noh) is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in an endorheic basin. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline.

This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on


Yosemite ~ Part Three ~ Tuolumne Grove

Well there is no doubt that if you have followed me for a while you know that I am a bit of a Star Wars geek.  Without a doubt, this story about Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite National Park, will drive that home for you.  Now I am not one tot collect action figures, legos, or do cosplay.  Even though I know and love those that do.  I think I find joy in the Star Wars of real life and those sorts of comparisons.   The whole master and

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite ~ Part Two ~ Inspirationville

So, as stated in part one of this series, Yosemite for me was all about channeling inspiration.  I tried to do this at every location we visited.  I would try to imagine what it was like to hike to the spots that we drove to, even the ones that we hiked to after we drove to the trail-head.  The days it must have taken to get to where we can get to now in just a few hours.  The payoff must have been

The PhotoTools Store

Phototools Giveaway

Enter below to win a prize bundle including all of the items in my Phototools store. A 109.00 value.  Gain points by retweeting, sharing, etc.  The more points you have, the better chance you have to win!  Drawing will be December 24th and winners will be

Pennsylvania Camping

Pennsylvania Camping ~ Ives Run

Pennsylvania Camping, pffft! I will start out this post by saying that I am really a hotel kinda guy.  I love the outdoors,  as well exploring some of the most dark, moldy, disgusting places on earth. But, when I lay my head down, I prefer

Bodie Ghost Town

Bodie Ghost Town ~ Bodie, California

Located in the middle of nowhere just beyond Mono Lake, California outside of Yosemite National park is Bodie Ghost Town, or what is officially known as Bodie State Historical Park.  Bodie became an official State Park in 1962  and is not administered by the Bodie Foundation which uses the tagline “Protecting Bodie’s Future by Preserving its Past”.  And it’s a great tagline too. It certainly got my attention as it

Tomales Bay State Park ~ Point Reyes California

Tomales Bay State Park ~ Point Reyes California

During a recent trip to the San Francisco area, I was tasked with setting up a short hike and landscape photo shoot with some friends.  I love planning things like this but usually it’s based around a location or site I have been to before or know a lot about.  We’d be staying at a cool place called

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.