Saturday, February 27, 2010

Chochise County

sun rise from the mountains looking towards NM

Emma and I took a weekend to explore more of Arizona a few weeks ago. Since Tucson is one of the warmest places in Arizona and we hate the idea of it getting colder, we only had a few options. We decided to head to South Eastern AZ, and check out Cochise County. We started the trip by driving straight to Chiricahua National Monument. The preserve protects an area of mountains covered in rock pillars and hoo doos. Originally we planned on doing an afternoon of hiking, and a night of camping, followed by a whole day exploring old "Wild West" town, but plans changed after we fell in love with the monument. We woke up early to see the sun rise and then after breakfast we did another long hike.
After we left the park we drove South and West to Bisbee, an old mining town turned arts and biker town. For those of you from back home, think New Hope, PA, but way bigger and way cooler. We got some great Mexican food from what we thought was just a crappy tourist restaurant, and then spent an hour or so walking around the downtown area. The town is like something out of a movie, because it is, including the very interesting characters that run the stores and inhabit the run down bars.
Once we had decided our first chore after getting home was looking up apartment prices in Bisbee, we continued on to Tombstone, AZ. Tombstone now seems to be the Disney version of it's former Wild West self. It was cool, but the most interesting part were the die hard Western fans there to visit their mecca.
I chose not to take any photos because I definitely plan on going back and spending at least an entire day in each town. I'll preferably go back during some sort of holiday or something when the crazies will really come out. Until then enjoy these photos from Chiricahua National Monument

tourist outside of the original settler's home
front of the house
another original building
balancing rocks

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

i'm driving down the coast on 101 to LA watching 3 ft beach break, and i've never wanted to surf more in my life.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

santa barbara, ca is filled with crazy poor people and even crazier rich people...i've never felt so out of place

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Grant with his veggie oil run VW Jettawagon, and unfortunately with bad oil.

It's been way too long since I've skated, and even longer since I've shot skating. These are a few shots of Grant skating at the Rita Ranch Skatepark.

I love this shot

So there is apparently free wi-fi at the Tucson airport. Decided to do some photo editing...
LA here i come! I'll finally get to walk out of the LAX doors!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Left Wall at Hairpin

Sean Martinson climbing an unknown dihedral
Sean testing the waters on top rope, before leading.
Kevin onsiting "Feels Like Someone Else" 5.9

Monday, February 15, 2010

Recent Photos

Last week my buddy Grant stopped by during a road trip of the south in his veggie oil powered VW wagon. He was here for 2 days and we managed to pack as much in as possible. Here are a few photos I took while showing him around, and exploring with him.
One of the waterfalls in La Milagrosa Canyon
Pine trees and snow at the top of Mt. Lemmon.
This valley has become my favorite spot to shoot, a view from Mt. Lemmon.
This is a view from my favorite vista along the Catalina Highway up Mt. Lemmon.
It's called the 7 Cataracts Vista and I always stop here with people to show the shell of a van that was driven off the cliff. And until this day I had never seen the huge waterfalls flowing. It was a mostly cloudy day, and waiting around gave me the perfect light on the falls. I'd love to hike there next time we get a lot of rain.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Tombstone, AZ

Come for the ridiculously dressed cowboys, stay for the ridiculously dressed tourists.
(I promise more photos coming soon.)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Climbing Photos

So one of the whole points of me coming out to Tucson is to further my career as a outdoor/editorial photographer. As of right now, I would love that to mean rock climbing photographer. Here is some of the stuff I've been shooting in the 3 weeks that I've been here.