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Wildflowers! : 04/07/17

howdy friends!

a couple weeks ago I had the good fortune to take a trip to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with my good friend Angel. we left Los Angeles at O’Dark Thirty and drove the 150-ish miles to the desert, getting there about an hour after dawn. the day started off cool and grey, then gradually the clouds began to burn off and it heated up. by the time we left around noon it was probably 80º… which, consider we were in the DESERT, isn’t so bad.

this year has been touted as a “Super Bloom.” according the National Park Service, “A good wildflower year depends on at least three things: Well-spaced rainfall throughout the winter and spring, Sufficient warmth from the sun, Lack of drying winds.” and after five years of draught, Southern California finally had the rain it needed for the flowers to bloom en mass. and it was incredible.

seriously, it’s almost hard to describe how amazingly beautiful it was. everywhere you looked the desert was overflowing with color. I’ve never seen anything like it. we were walking along a small trail that was so sandy it felt like walking on the beach, but all around us were yellow, white, purple, violet, and red blooms. color was everywhere!

for this trip I used a roll of Kodak 25 ASA Royal Gold that my Dad had given me. I’d been saving it for the right occasion, and glad I was able to use it on this. the colors it captured are really remarkable — and the fine grain structure of the slower speed film gives the images such a rich and full look. I definitely want to start shooting more slow speed film!

you can check out the entire gallery on my Flickr page. and for many, many more photos of desert wildflowers, check out this Facebook page. it’s pretty incredible all the different types.

here are some of my favorites.

Desert dandelion, Malacothrix glabrata

Fouquieria splendens & Desert Dandelions

Fouquieria splendens closeup

Desert dandelion, Malacothrix glabrata

Desert dandelion and hills

Desert Sunflower and sky

Angel & Luke

how is the bloom in your neck of the woods? has Spring sprung yet for you?

-Luke

blogging about the pew pews! : 03/24/17

hey friends!

I wanted to let you all know that I’m writing another blog! it’s for one of my favorite video games, Destiny. my goal with the blog is to both promote a game I enjoy and let other players in on my personal experience. what do I like? what do I find challenging? what gets me into my virtual pants in the morning? and so on…

here’s a link to the main page over at the Activision Games Blog.

and here’s a link to a story where I write about all the cool people I’ve met IRL (in real life) through playing the game. it’s really more of a story about making friends in places you don’t expect, so hopefully something everyone can relate to.

-Luke

best photos of 2016 : 03/10/17

hey there friends,

well, it’s taken me a bit longer than I’d have liked, but I’ve gone through my photos from last year and selected my favorites. it’s kind of a big group this year, just over 150… I’m not going to post them all here, but if you’d like to check them out — head over to my Flickr page.

here are a few of the standouts, taken on 35mm, Advantix, and with my iPhone.

Port Washington Narrows

morning coffee

Edinburgh sunset

afternoon walk

Troy

grey & gold

Bonjour chat!

Fawaz

Afternoon Reading

a sign glows in morning light

double Liisa

snow storm

my favorite poem

Glen Moray distillery

morning Teal

hope you enjoyed the selection!

-Luke