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A Tale of Two Berms

If you’ve seen one of my prior posts about Nemotodes freely migrating across the border via the Tijuana River Channel, you may have seen my photos of the failed berm that the United States International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) put in place in the Spring of 2018. Now, let’s be clear. As it did before, an earthen damn will erode and scour away with even a slight trickle. Not only is this not an ineffective solution, but it actually causes additional problems when the berm gets washed away, releasing more sediment that clogs the estuary.But, the with the IBWC […]

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Clean Border Water Now | March for Clean Water

Saturday April 13th, Imperial Beach and South Bay locals gathered with signs and prepared chants in IB at the pier plaza. Surfrider and Clean Border Water Now was holding its third annual March for Clean Water. It was only a day after finding out that 120-130 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the beach at La Jolla’s Windansea beach. 130 gallons is a drop in the bucket compared to Imperial Beach, where we measure the constant inundation of raw sewage and chemicals in the millions of gallons. It’s not a contest La Jolla! IB’s got you beat. The March, organized […]

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Of Nematodes, and Tijuana River Valley Pollution

There is a major concern about what can, and can’t be brought across the border when you walk or drive into the United States. But the USDA, and the US Government doesn’t seem to have a problem turning a blind eye to the millions of gallons of raw sewage that carries among other things, E. Coli, chloroform, uranium, and hexavalent chromium (you know that stuff Erin Brockovich got famous for exposing in Hinkley). It’s a nightmarish soup of human waste, industrial and agricultural that flows freely into the US, just meters away from the Border Patrol checkpoint. No passport needed. […]

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Bonneville to California

This is #4 in a 4-Parter. Click here for Yesterday’s Bonneville was surely the highlight for me on this trip. And while I was cold, and my back was twisted in shapes it shouldn’t be, there was still so much ground to cover. The next three days I’d travel through a snowy Nevada, have Steve McQueen’s starter go out on me in Tonopah, drive through the Eastern Sierras, see the Tufas of Mono Lake, and finally limp into the driveway at my good friend Teresa K‘s house, where I stayed with her and her family for a couple days. It was […]

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Salt Lake City to Bonneville (I sped of course!)

This is #3 in a 4-Parter. Click here for Yesterday’s. I was out to attempt the ground speed record for “Nissan Xterras with a big ass paddleboard affixed to the roof-rack”. I’m fairly certain there’s a class for that. I also feel it’s important to remind you, dear reader, that I still have not used the paddleboard on my trip. It’s really been nothing more than a conversation starter, and a MPG reducer. So I gunned out of SLC after a big hug from Em. I was determined to get to the Flats with some good light left in the day, […]

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St George to Salt Lake City (via Nevada)

This is #2 in a 4-Parter. Click here for Yesterday’s Everyone from Lightgathering had said their goodbyes Saturday night. So Sunday was “get-outta-town” day. I still had a few errands to run. Primarily to throw away my leaky sieve of a tent, and swiss cheese excuse of an air mattress, in a St George Wendy’s parking lot dumpster. And if you read my last post… You may remember that I never mentioned replacing the passenger side window in Steve McQueen (that’s my Xterra’s name). …That’s because I hadn’t.  But through a parts website, I found that there was a junkyard in […]

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Lightgathering 2018 | St George

Years ago, a photography mentor of mine connected me with a small group of photographers that have been meeting informally once a year since 1973, to photograph, and continue their lifelong friendships. They call themselves Lightgathering, and they’re an old school bunch, with a few having assisted Ansel Adams during his summer workshops. I’ve only been to a couple, with the last being around 2002, but I love going to these, because there’s a tremendous amount of photographic knowledge I get to soak up. And this year, I was committed to getting back. It was held in St George, Utah […]

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#Follow #Friday #Five| Volume 6

I’m feeling much better this week, and I’m excited to deliver a full five again. There is no theme, just some solid photography that I’ve been enjoying, and I hope you do too! Juan María Rodríguez ( @juanmarirodriguez ) We’re starting this week’s Five with a pair that formulate incredible color imagery. Because, I personally shoot mainly black and white, people are surprised to hear of my immense appreciation for color. I love color photography. But the color must earn its keep in a photograph. A strong photo with weak color (that’s not to say subtle or pastel – there’s […]

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#Follow #Friday #One | Volume 5

Yes, you read that correct. It’s a Follow Friday One this week. I’m a bit under the weather, and I’m going to keep it brief this week. But, the One that I do have for you is a pretty fantastic One! He’s a photographer out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. And I can’t get enough of his work. Bruno Kaiuca ( @brunokaiuca ) As mentioned above Bruno is located in Rio, and what is fascinating about him and his work, is that he captures what I can only imagine the spirit of Rio is. Most of his work takes place […]

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Volcanic Eruptions and Chemical Reactions

About a month ago, Bali’s largest volcano publicly burped, and didn’t excuse itself. Causing thousands in Amed, and the surrounding areas of the East coast to have to evacuate. How rude! On top of that, Mt Sinabung is threatening to spew ash, sulfer, fury, and lots and lots of liquid hot magma on the neighboring island of Sumatra as well. After all the Indonesian island chain is squarely in the Ring of Fire, and just doing what it’s done for thousands of years. While I’d like to somehow, seamlessly and brilliantly tie volcanoes and chemical reactions together as my title […]

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