Blight is a disease that hurts plants and makes their leaves wither. It can also affect neighborhoods. According to Vocabulary.com, Urban blight refers to a part of the city where things are falling apart. Banning certainly seems to have its share of blight, with all the vacant lots mixed with dilapidated residences and shuttered storefronts […]
With summer’s heat behind us, and the arrival of the cooler days of autumn, this Liquidambar tree around the corner from my house has become a kaleidoscope of color. I couldn’t resist making a few pictures, as the leaves change from green to red, orange & yellow.
Recently I borrowed a copy of “The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes,” from my local library. The theme of the book reminded me of my college art history classes and stories about the influence of Zen philosophy on the photography of Alfred Stieglitz, Minor White and especially the abstract focus […]
After a protracted battle, Seward Johnson’s “Forever Marilyn” statue has been installed in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum. Some objected to the placement, thinking the 26-foot-tall aluminum and steel sculpture, depicting a scene from the 1955 comedy, “The Seven-Year Itch,” appears to be flashing the museum to the rear, and a misogynistic objectification […]
Following a storm a few weeks ago I woke up early to find the mountains flanking the San Gorgonio Pass shrouded in fresh snow. Instead of taking my usual morning walk, I drove up to a turnout on Hwy 243 for an unobstructed view. This image is four frames from a Nikon full-frame DSLR stitched […]
Vintage car aficionados flocked to Old Town Banning on Friday for the first “Hot August Nights” car show. Sponsored by the Banning Chamber of Commerce and held concurrently with Banning Market Night, the event featured displays of vintage automobiles from across the Inland Empire, including the beautiful 1956 Chevy Belair displayed by Mike Mendoza of […]
Sunday morning, I heard something scratching on one of the palm trees and a couple of crows were making a terrible racket in the back yard. I looked out and spotted not one, but two bobcat kittens, climbing on the tree. I grabbed my camera and caught this one in the act, while the other […]