Desert for Breakfast

I treated myself to a sweet desert hike for breakfast one early spring morning. The Yaqui Pass south of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park provided me a delicious buffet of color and contrasts with flavors to make my visual palate water. Rain had reawakened this desolate landscape allowing me to enjoy it all sunny side…

Best of a Badlands Situation

All was not sunshine and flowers in the desert on my spring trip to photograph the super bloom. A few miles west of California’s Sultan Sea lay the Badlands of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Beneath its old, withered gray exterior, however, I discovered it too had an intriguing character. Centuries of wisdom were chiseled deep…

Back Road to Los Olivos

A walking excursion from Solvang to Los Olivos devolved into a slow rolling car-aided road trip as our planned sunny hike turned rainy. While clouds and moisture turned the skies gray, the dampened light saturated the tall grasses and oak trees a luxurious velvety green. Ribbons of yellow lay across the hillside. When the rain…

Mission Walk

A walk behind Old Mission Santa Inés offered a pleasant country stroll from Solvang into the Old Country. There were moments we felt we were walking across a Spanish plateau coming upon a peasant home in overgrown field. We followed modern two-wheeled cart pathways around the grounds enjoying sunset competing with the loitering rain clouds…

Los Robles Loop Short Hike

After spending my off days in March running all over southern California capturing vibrant images of a decade’s delayed spring blossom, I decided to search for the beauty in a short hike here in the Conejo. Some of these are easy to overlook or take for granted. I find these outings richer when I’m accompanied…

Autumn in the Park

Hiking in the park at sunset offers beautiful colors and shades of fall leaves. The crisp air and occasional “hello” to other hikers, as well as spotting animal friends along the way make for a wonderful view of nature at it’s best. We love to walk in the fresh air as a way to relax,…