The shoot that I did back in December down in Mexico for Windsurfing Magazine yielded my first cover shot. Needless to say I am pretty stoked. This issue also features a four page editorial featuring my photos. All totaled I have 9 other photos in the magazine plus the cover.
On March 13th my Fiance Lindsay and I decided to head south to the Anza-Borrego Desert in search of wildflowers. We left on Thursday evening and arrived at Palm Canyon campground later in the evening to setup camp. By the time we showed up and setup camp it was too late to start a fire so we just decided to try and get some sleep so we could be up early for sunrise. Just a few short hours into our sleep 3 people in other campsites started snoring louder than I have ever heard anyone snore in my life. Needless to say it kep both Lindsay and I up all night long. We evenutally ended up sleeping in the front two seats of the car to try to get away from the non-stop, sychronized snorring. After only two hours of what we can hardly call sleep, the sky was starting to lighten up as the sun got closer to rising. Our first planned stop for wildflowers was Coyote Canyon, which was just northeast of where we were camping. The drive only took a few minutes and I am not sure if it was really worth waking up. There were a few flowers but I found it really hard to find exactly what I had in mind. I am not sure exactly what I was looking for but I know I didn’t find it there. The sun came up and with it came some pretty nasty wind that made macro shots virtually impossible. Lindsay and I decided to call it quits on the morning and go back to camp for a great camp breakfast. Lindsay cooked up some great eggs and sausage. After breakfast we decided to hike to the Palm Canyon Oasis. The entire hike was a few miles round trip and well worth the effort. At the end of the hike was an incredible oasis complete with a stand of palm trees and several waterfalls with ice cold water falling over the rocks; a welcome sight after hiking through the hot desert. The best part of a decent hike is the nap afterwards. we slept more or less the entire afternoon since we didn’t get any sleep the night before. Around 3:30 we got up and out of the tent and decided to head to Fon’ts Point and see what the view looked like. It took a little off highway driving to get to but the jeep made it through and the view didn’t disapoint. Font’s Point overlooks an area of the park called The Badlands. It was kind of like a cross between Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Death Valley all rolled into one. Lindsay sat on the cliff overlooking the badlands and read a book while I took advantage of some nice late afternoon light to work on some huge mosaic shots. I was trying to cross over the gigapixel threshold but only managed to come away with a 750 megapixel photo; which by most standards is still pretty big. I think it will make a quality print. As the started setting the crowds started showing up. For hours we had been the only people there. But at the last minute hoards of people started showing up, complete with dinner tables, wine and chesse. There were at least 5 groups of people that setup small tables and broke out the champagne. I couldnt believe it. I love wine and cheese and all that jazz but I thought it was a little bit too much considering where we were in the middle of nowhere. I guess that is the reality of having such a nice place with super easy access to all the people that are camped out in their RV’s living the high life. Once sunset was over we debated on staying another night in the camp or just packing up and going home. The choice was pretty easy; the snorers at the camp were still there and there was no way we would get any sleep again. After having to deal with so much stupid stuff there we were pretty disenchanted with the place and got out as fast as we could. We did manage to get away with a few decent photos.