Lone Rock

Adam convinced me to go on a mini adventure the other night.
Destination: Lone Rock

I had never been.. never even heard of it.  But it turned out to be a cool spot for shooting guns and cameras, as well as a great place to watch the sun go down on top of a 100+ ft tall rock.  
it was definitely a jeep adventure
and of course one of my favorite things of all time
we had fun up there with our cameras
i think all tripods should have built in chairs =)
right away i noticed some weird stuff up there though...
fossils!  tons of em!
it was a pretty tall rock
we also met some nice folk repelling off the edge
sorry Lacey,.. its too hard to resist!
the family we met got a fire going and made smores...
while we took pictures of the stars from above
and of course i eventually pointed the camera at myself!

(photos of me were taken by adam, edited by me.. except for that last one lol)


Lake Tahoe: the adventure of danger

the first night of our adventure, as we were looking for a place to camp in the middle of nowhere (battle mountain i think) we were deep in the sand when i saw a mountain lion hunting jack rabbits at terminal velocity.  so that was freaky.  we soon reversed ourselves out of that situation and were on our merry way again.

the 2nd night of our adventure was spent camping at a small lake tahoe campground.  it was perfect.  smores over the fire.  good company.  the night sky was absolutely brilliant.  when the nights activities were spent, we soon scurried off to bed.  that was not the end of it however.  after a few hours of sleep i awoke to branden standing over me with a very serious expression.  after a second of collecting my wits, he brought my attention to the strange noises outside our tent.  the next 45 min were spent in fear as we tried to figure out what to do about the situation, multiple large animals only a few feet from where we were sleeping.  i soon had dozens of battle plans ready to be put into action at a moments notice.  finally, after what seemed like an age, a few minutes passed by without a noise from outside, i announced my intention to go out there.  its amazing the amount of courage a full bladder can lend you.  equipped with a leatherman and flashlight, i left the tent.  it was eerie and quiet but i encountered nothing.  after doing natures business i found the remains of our smores and possibly food taken from other campsites.  the bears had eaten a big bag of mallows, a box of graham crackers and all the chocolate.  apparently the bears had their own little picnic in our campsite, i didnt remember there being any watermelon before.  i dont think i have ever been that scared for that long.  its not uncommon for me to be absolutely terrified by something but its usually something fleeting and temporary.  this was different.  this was the kind of terror that lingers for nearly an hour!  after retelling this story to Dan he reminded me of the #1 rule of Cowboy Code - "ALWAYS sleep with your axe"  never again will i forget ...

fast forward to the next day.  after good food and skipping rocks and walking around the lake we found ourselves in a somewhat secluded area that turned out to be our favorite place to swim and hang out at the lake.  we were there for a few minutes then left to get some food and supplies.  an hour later we were back there, each doing our own thing, Lacey putting on sun block, Branden getting the raft going, me unpacking my camera and Celeste was making us all some peanut butter sandwiches.  thus we were all employed when  another tragedy nearly befell us.  a yell and a harsh noise alerted us.  above and to the left a large tree had broken off at the base and was coming down right on top of us.  profanity and quick reflexes saved us from any misfortunes.  how many times have you seen a freaking tree randomly fall down and right in your direction?

anyway so what im trying to say is this.. the trip was amazing.  im sure we all wish we were still there.  good food, fun in the sun, clear blue water, skipping rocks!, and of course good friends.  im really glad and super grateful i was able to do something of this magnitude this year, i had given up on the idea of any epic summer adventures and suddenly i found myself having a truly great one.

here is Celeste's accounting of our travels, definitely check her blog out.

now for some of my favorite photos from the trip.  if you want to quickly look through all of the photos i took they are already posted on facebook here.


Perseid's Adventure: Preview

mark is undeniably a pro outdoors-man
my dad fixing up some dutch oven while the rest of us are busy camping
"a wizard appears unto you..."
i think we are all very glad my dad decided to come adventure with us
i was able to capture an event horizon
unfortunately mark's tent was cursed with a biblical plague...
fantastic food, lots of nerdy kids with cameras, hilarious stories, davy's musical impersonations, fascinating meteors, 2 epic flat tires, metal detection...  

good adventure.

timelapse video hopefully coming soon!


the plagues of man

somehow the front door came open sometime last night and was wide open by this morning. in the past 24 hours there have been at least 50 confirmed mosquito kills in this house.   while writing this post another one just flew right in from of my face.  id rather do battle with an infestation of hungry wolves.

this is neither hyperbole nor adynaton, but a declaration.


photography and powerful story telling

found a really neat video today about how photography can tell powerful stories.  i hope i am able to do this someday.


move, eat, learn

Found some pretty cool videos today.  What a fun idea this is.  It would be so amazing to be able to do things like this!  More items for my ever growing wish list...  But anyway ill just give your their own little introduction:
3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage... all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ....into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films.....

= a trip of a lifetime.

move, eat, learn
Dont forget to hit the full screen button!


to breathe underwater

it would be nice to be able to breathe underwater.  i would never sleep in a bed again.  i would get a giant glass tank and just float face down in the water.
what could be more comfortable?
one of my fav underwater photographers - vivantvie 



taken yesterday, posting more soon...


a morning treat

a terribly uncomfortable night meets its end 
at the sight of subtle hues of early morning, 
desperate mosquitoes dancing just outside my window, 
and the sweet taste of granola in my bowl.


El Cielo de Canarias

this captures a few of the things i hope to do some day. beautiful video, definitely worth your time.


Camping and the Delta Aquarid's

We did some camping over the weekend to watch the Delta Aquarid meteor shower up at silver lake.  We had fun and are excited to do another campout for the annual Perseid meteor shower 2 weeks from now on August 12th.  (Everyone is welcome to come just shoot me a txt or something)
Adam ended up getting a pretty sweet photo of Polaris (the North Star) and subsequent star trails.
(photo by Adam, quick edits by me)

Here are some photos of last year's hurrah.  It was so fun and we saw such amazing stuff that night that we decided to start doing it every year! 
 See you at the Perseid's!