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Saturday, September 13, 2008

The River Time Forgot

Well, bags are packed, bills are paid and I'm out the door. After working 16 hour days for the past 3 weeks to prepare for this trip ( pay bills while gone), I'm finally off. It's going to be a very welcome break to be back out in the Mongolian out back and searching for Taimen. Here's a few photos from our last expedition to wet the pallet for what's to come. I get all nostalgic just looking at them. Chimbat's camp
Mr. Taimen Jr.
The Wasp
Peter Bombing a popper

My life style for the next three weeks
What a great way to spend a day
Making taimen creatures at night
The stars in Mongolia are amazing

All photo Courtesy of Corey

Juniper Tree

Finally finished this painting. It's an acrylic on canvas I've been slowly working of for the past year and a half. I made the canvas using extra cloth from a tee pee. I stretched it over some extra red wood that was lying around my dad's place. It's taken over 15, 2 to 4 hour sessions. It's got playa dust in it from the black rock desert and has been worked on to live music at high sierra music festival. Not to mention many an art and wine night in my neighborhood.

This is a juniper tree like the ones that grow on the passes around here. There's more to a tree than just what you see. I wanted to show like a cross cut. A deeper look. These trees have deep roots to keep them from being pushed over. Everything twists out from the burl. Part of it reaching deeper into the earth. Moving rocks and looking for water. Part of it reaching high into the sky to eat as much sun shine as possible. It's kind of idealistic California. The sky is super blue with no con trails. The veins of rock are undisturbed by machinery and still hide fossils that tell an even older story. Even the top soil and duff layer are undisturbed and still provide habitat to snow flowers. The tree is perfectly healthy with no intrusions from bugs or scared broken limbs. There isn't even a sign of a fire in this tree's history. It lives in a perfect world. It's a happy little tree as Bob Ross would say.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Leopard Sharks

A couple weeks ago, i was invited down to the California coast to shoot some Leopard Sharks. My uncle is a renowned bee keeper and was working on a shoot for the Discovery Channel.  He mentioned to the producer that he knew of a spot that he discovered while sea kayaking where lots of leopard sharks gather.  The producer was very interested, but wanted to see some proof of the density of the sharks and weather you could film them without chumming.  

After a couple days of searching and a few good surf sessions in-between, we finally located the sharks.  Next thing i knew, i was standing in my little canoe surrounded by hundreds of leopard sharks.  Here's the resulting footage. 

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Fish Art

Here's some random fish art from Burning Man.