August 2021 End Notes

Frosted Black Oaks with Mistletoe, Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, Julian, California, January 2017.

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.

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Rock and Sun (Earth Remains)

Rock Hatchery, Bisti Badlands, New Mexico;  September 2018.

“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)

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Leave No Trace

Dry rivulets at Clark Dry Lake, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California

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.

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