The Birthday


Marc, Bill, and Beamie waiting for the morning light in the Mesquite Dunes


Last fall four of us made our (almost) annual trek to Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra. Since we typically make the trip in the autumn the timing seems to usually coincide with someone’s birthday. This year it was my turn.

We spent three days in DV before finishing the week in Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills. As always, we spent the transition day’s lunch at Panamint Springs, enjoying a long, leisurely couple of hours soaking up the sun, watching the air show (compliments of China Lake), and indulging in Birthday Pie.

Four great days in the Hills, great shooting and good food, and it was time to head home.

To Beamie Young, Bill Earle and Marc Nathanson, three of the best friends one could ask for, thanks for a great week! And to Erica Jay, whom we got to introduce to this very special part of the American West, and Evie Voutsina, who made the drive from LA, having the two of you there made the week perfect.

Until next time…



A Point of Perspective


Over the years I have shown many images of the Alabama Hills and the Eastern Sierras, usually from the viewpoint of being in the Hills. In the image above we’re further back, and the true magnitude of the Sierras is evident. From where the camera is located it is 2 1/2 miles to Lone Pine (the row of trees and buildings just beyond the desert ground cover), 4-5 miles to the Alabama Hills and 12-14 miles to the mountain peaks. For those interested, we’re looking at 10,000 ft of verticle mountain (LP elevation 3700′, peaks from 12-14,500′)