March 25, 2015

Class of 2015.

 I again had the supreme pleasure of photographing the graduating class of Grace Classical Academy.  This particular group of students laugh easily and often.  They play hard, they work hard, they love well. I know God has great plans for each of county senior photography-2 orange county senior photography-1orange county senior photography-3 orange county senior photography-4 orange county senior photography-5 orange county senior photography-6 orange county senior photography-7 orange county senior photography-8 orange county senior photography-9 orange county senior photography-10 orange county senior photography-11

March 17, 2015

Destination: Joshua Tree BBQ. Finally.

But first: Big Dude's GoPro compilation of our day hike, replete with rock climbing/jumping/throwing/& bowling. Some stick action, too. And selfies. Of course.  Oh, and Middle Dude danced a jig on a narrow ledge.  I kid you not.

Again, we arrive at twilight.  We drive past the Ocotillo Patch, where the plants are just on the cusp of blooming.joshtree bbq-1 occotillo blooming Full moon…
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March 11, 2015

Daytrip: Destination Mecca Hills, arrow marks the spot

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Big Dude, gopro-ing.  Isn’t he cute?

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Double selfie :-) :-)


Someone was kind enough to mark this spot VERY CLEARLY.  This is the way to the slot canyons – the way that has been blocked by a couple rock slides – the way in which we were unable to go.  Because Dog Dude.

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This was the end of the trail for us.  Again, Dog Dude.  He just doesn’t like climbing ladders.  Go figure.

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Middle Dude, the fearless one.  Needless to say, my technique for going down the ladder looked a little more … traditional.

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March 10, 2015

Daytrip: Destination Mecca Hills, Ladder Canyon

Goal:  exploration & rock climbing.  We found our way to the trail head for the Ladder Canyon Loop.  We know we won’t be doing the whole loop, because Dog Dude isn’t profficient climbing ladders.  But we’ll see how far we get.mecca hills daytrip-20 Within a few feet, Little Dude has already commandeered a big stick.mecca hills daytrip-21 mecca hills daytrip-22 Obligatory fisheye family selfie …mecca hills daytrip-23 mecca hills daytrip-24 mecca hills daytrip-25 mecca hills daytrip-26 mecca hills daytrip-27 mecca hills daytrip-28 mecca hills daytrip-29 mecca hills daytrip-30 mecca hills daytrip-31 mecca hills daytrip-32 mecca hills daytrip-33 mecca hills daytrip-34 mecca hills daytrip-35 mecca hills daytrip-36 Even Dog Dude occasionally climbs rocks…mecca hills daytrip-37 mecca hills daytrip-38 mecca hills daytrip-39 mecca hills daytrip-40 mecca hills daytrip-41 mecca hills daytrip-42 To be continued…