Autumn 2017

Looking out over the San Andreas Fault, Indio Hills and Little San Bernardino Mountains from Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park, California (2017)

Autumn has historically been one of the best times of year to travel. The crowds of summer have dwindled and children are back in school. But the fall colors are still there. The crisp bite in the air is still tasted. The smells of damp, downed foliage permeates fresh morning air and autumn light is second to none. Skies come alive as storm systems materialize around the fringes of the seasons. Rates in hotels drop significantly the last week of October and first week of November. Gas prices are usually down. Campgrounds are largely still open and far less crowded. In the quiet absence of crowds, one is free to – if only for a short time – experience a little peace, a little solitude, a little quiet joy.

Dark Skies in New Mexico

A moonless October night proved an excellent opportunity to view the Milky Way above New Mexico's remote Bisti Wilderness.

Looks like I’m going to have another go at the Bisti this weekend. It’ll be the first real road trip of 2017 and I’m excited. After recently getting the 645 dialed in I’m feeling ready for whatever happens. I’ve been watching the weather and depending on how you see things, it looks great. When we were down […]

2016 Autumn Walkabout: Monument Valley, Utah

Blue Hour, Artist's Point, Monument Valley, Utah

We’ve just returned from the annual fall walkabout, this time to the American Southwest in search of perfect light. We found it in Monument Valley, Utah one morning. This first of a series of entries won’t be a linear description of the trip, but instead snippets surrounding given images, memories or thoughts. After spending a […]