Location: Pine Mountain, CA
Since my last blog post, Astrobandit and I have become a homeowners. It's been a wild process but I will be happy to be doing my work in the mountains about an hour and half drive from my previous residence in Los Angeles, CA.
At around 5000ft elevation and hardly any light-pollution, this place is ideal for night-photography. I hope to host fellow light-artists if they wish to visit in the future - perhaps do some workshops.. I see many collaborations happening in and around this house!
Let's take a quick trip inside for a moment, here is the loft-space where my cat likes to tempt fate.
Yes, that is a disco ball hanging from the ceiling.. I've only pointed a laser at it once.
A special feature of the house sometimes happens around 7:30am, if there are no clouds and the sun is out during the right time of year, the disco ball lights up for a few minutes after sunrise, it only happens when the light hits just right!
This area of California sits on an intersection of sorts between two mountain ranges - the Coast Ranges (West) and the Sierra Nevadas (East), North is the Central Valley of CA and South, down several thousand feet, is the city of Los Angeles.
One of my favorite things to do recently is explore the surrounding areas, most of which are accessible by ridge routes that connect winding mountain roads through places like Ojai, Carrizo Plains, and around Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
Here (below) are some crows flying high above Carrizo Plains National Monument a few days ago.
Here (below) is a hillside full of small yellow wildflowers, I added in some other light-flowers with my commentary on heredity.
Of course I take my trusty Night-Writer along on each of these road-trips..
So I can draw philosophical things, like 'Why did the chicken cross the road?'.
Since the heavy rains in March I wanted to try and venture into and shoot the usually dry lake in Carrizo Plains - Soda Lake. This was not a good idea because the crusty surface of the lake quickly gave way to a muck the consistency of baby food.. Basically quicksand, as you can see in this video:
I was content with a sidelines view of the sunset instead.
After changing my initial goal of reflecting light-art on the water, I began writing a phrase I've found truth in over the years. My interpretation of this phrase is somewhat similar to Karma, sow light!