This would probably be good “End Notes” material but I’m enjoying it too much to bury it in there: this video from KBPS, “Desert Seasons“, documents in a, for the observer familiar with this landscape, rather non-chronological order, the seasons in the desert.
The water crisis in California is real. Of course it is. In July, governor Newsom asked Californians to cut their domestic water usage by 15% — which sounds reasonable and doable. But then the first numbers came in, and usage only dropped by 1.8%.
It’s summertime in Southern California and August was, quite expected, a more or less eventless month, photographically. Aside from a short trip that is, but what it yields with regards to photography remains to be seen as I evaluate, cull and develop the images. While that happens, here’s a look back at what’s been going on this month, in my monthly end notes for August 2021.
“Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear — the earth remains, slightly modified. Heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break… I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun.” (Edward Abbey)
Two frames from the rainy Sunday towards the end of July, when we took a walk in the Laguna Mountains, on the Sunset Trail out to Water of the Woods, and back on the Big Laguna Trail.
I think most landscape and nature photographers who are passionate about their subjects (ie., not just the number of social media followers…) easily align with causes like Leave No Trace and Nature First, and readily embrace their principles — most likely without even thinking about it. Caring for the places, creatures and things that we photograph is simply the right thing to do.