ImageDisp-27How about that? After falling so far behind, my final post for this project and the last day of the year have somehow fallen into alignment!

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has spent time here in my little corner of the Internet this year. Thanks, also, to my subscribers for putting up with this last-minute barrage of posts. I appreciate you sticking with me!

I’ll be taking a little break from the blogosphere but will return to a regular, if less demanding, posting schedule soon.

Wishing you all much opportunity, growth and fulfillment in 2015.

Happy New Year!

(Photo taken with a Canon EOS 500 SLR and Kodak Max 400 color print film.)


ferris6.jpgA story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead. ~ Graham Greene

That being said, I am so looking forward to the new year! :-)


IMG_5906It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.
~ John Burroughs,
Winter Sunshine


IMG_6227Took this one last spring but it’s still representative of what’s going on in my yard right now. Frost is here, snow is on the way this afternoon, and my very-confused lilac bush is in full bud!


IMG_6400Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger. She calls her family together within her inmost home to prepare them for being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth.
~ Hugh Macmillan, “Rejuvenescence,” The Ministry of Nature, 1871


ImageDisp-17Looking out on the main drag in Niland, CA (not far from the Salton Sea) from inside the shell of a burnt-out building. Photo taken with a Canon EOS 500 and expired Kodak Max 400 color print film (border added digitally).


IMG_20141228_0019The thing about Polaroid photography is that, in spite of my tendency to squirrel film away in the fridge for long periods of time, it does have a shelf life and will eventually expire. Sometimes that’s not necessarily a bad thing, and the effect can be interesting, but mostly I find it frustrating to not get the results I envision when I look through the viewfinder. Polaroid and Impossible Project films also don’t do well with extreme temperatures which can pose a problem when you love desert photography as much as I do. I took this photo of the ruins of an old garage in the Mojave Desert (between Amboy and Essex) on what used to be Route 66. The flaws in the film are easy to see and yet I do like the shot otherwise and so I’m posting it anyway. :-)

Photo taken with a Polaroid Spectra camera and expired Polaroid Image Softtone film (Type 1200/ISO 640).