Monday, June 7, 2010

The Warm Weather is Here-It's Still Great For Hiking-In the Early Morning and Evening.

Your 'Recipe For Success': Get up early, about 6 a.m. and head into the Park and hike for a couple of hours before breakfast (We get up early and ride our bikes for 2 hours before breakfast. There's no one around, it's like having the Park all to yourself!). During the heat of the day take it easy in our 'cooled' suites and cabin. Watch a movie, read a book, take a nap. Then, around five in the evening, head out for another hike before dinner. You could call this being on 'mediterranean time', it really stretches your day and you get to experience the desert at the best times of day. Remember, the Park is open all night, so go in for a night bike ride or simply a drive through the Park and look at the stars from the parking area at Ryan Mountain. Have fun and don't let the heat keep you from experiencing the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Spin's New Show at JTAG Gallery

This group of work is called 'Abstractions in Nature' taken in Joshua Tree National Park. In this series I was trying to 'see' the park in a more intimate and abstract manner. I would simply pick an area and meander, focusing on rocks, plants, pieces of wood. On my computer, I would alter the original digital photo to create a more painterly or abstract image, which would engender a richer story than the original  photo document. I will be at the gallery June 5 and 6 from 10 to 3 each day.