|Draft cover for my upcoming guide book to Southern California landscape photography|
I spent the next few years living out of the back of my car, returning to spend weeks with my kids, and to bring them out to explore America's incredible landscapes with me. On one hand it killed me to be separated from them sometimes for weeks at at time, but on the other hand it was crystal clear that the days with them were precious, so I went out of my way to dedicate those days to them, and engage them in the exploration of places of unique geology and geography and almost overwhelming beauty. I'm very fortunate that they seem to have developed some of the same curiosity and thirst for exploration and adventure that I enjoy.
All my life I've been drawn to nature and landscapes, growing up exploring the woods, ponds, mountains and coast of New England. Our family hiked the peaks of Colorado and the boardwalks around Yellowstone's geyser basins curing our move to California, where the grand scale of the High Sierra, Mojave Desert and Pacific Ocean begged for attention. In a sense my explorations over the years leading up to this project mirrored that legacy, as I shared with my children many of the same discoveries that my parents had led me to. Custody days for me aren't a burden, they're a priceless privilege. Gaining perspective on what's important in life is something that can never come too soon.
I could travel the world in search of soaring mountains, searing deserts with massive sand dunes, wave-pounded seashores or forests with astonishingly massive trees, but that's all within a day's drive. You can search the world or Oz to fill some perceived need, but for anyone lucky enough to have both family and Southern California nearby, there's truly no place like home.