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Random new work, old work, travel, fun stuff and general comments about the technical and artistic facets of photography by California landscape/nature photographer Mark Alan Meader.
Ghost Town #2
2018-02-17 21:37
Old Building, PioneertownPioneertown was built by western actors Gene Autry and Roy Rodgers in the 1940's as a movie set outside the desert town of Yucca Valley, near Joshua Tree.  Now… Read More
Elfin Forest
2018-02-14 18:37
Pygmy Oaks; Morro Bay CaliforniaOaks, centuries old, but stunted in their growth by the local environment at El Moro Elfin Forest, near Morro Bay on the central California coast. Can't walk… Read More
Desert Survivor
2018-02-11 21:09
Borrego Palm Canyon, CaliforniaSomehow this little cottonwood survives in the harsh Borrego Desert environment, growing by the little stream that flows down from the mountains, through the o… Read More
2018-01-30 21:44
Fonts Point, Anza BorregoStanding on Fonts Point in the Anza Borego State Park, looking west towards Borrego Springs. The common views you see of this location are taken in the opposite dire… Read More
Watson Lake
2017-12-14 20:14
Watson Lake in Prescott, AZ.   Contemplating a move move to this area someday in the not too distant future. Nice place to retire and much closer to all the places I love to explor… Read More
Old Ranch
2017-12-12 05:05
Desert view from the adobe ruins at Ryan Ranch, in Joshua Tree. A location that I had missed, despite being in the area many times over the years.  Read More
Back To The Sea
2017-12-09 20:18
Boom! - La Jolla, CaliforniaI do love living in the mountains, but sometimes I miss the ocean... luckily it's not that far away. My go-to spot when I need some inspiration.. not just photogr… Read More
Autumn Revival
2017-10-31 00:11
Evening light on the foliage at Silver Lake, Eastern Sierra.Fall always seems to remind me that the old blog is still here and I should post something new at least once in a while, so here w… Read More
Stormy Day Ends
2016-02-09 20:05
Such a beautiful sky and light here after a very rainy day.   Took probably an hour and a half of slow driving over the rough dirt track to get to this point.. just a half mile or so pa… Read More
Slot Canyon Pano
2016-02-07 01:07
Printing up some new greeting cards for the gallery today and finding a few overlooked shots from last Fall that I kinda like. This one here, a panoramic image from Kanarra Creek slot canyon… Read More
Valley Of The Gods
2015-10-16 04:22
A rather appropriate name.   No crowds out here, for sure... one of the more remote places I have been. Not too far from Monument Valley, but on public land, whereas Monument is owned b… Read More
Lomaki Ruins
2015-10-13 21:53
My first stop on a week-long, 1900 mile road trip around Arizona and Utah. Had to deal with some pretty heavy rain the first couple of days (as you can probably see by the ominous… Read More
Just A Trickle
2015-02-18 00:48
Went out to see if I could scout up some new locations here in my own area last weekend. I expected all the streams to be bone dry, so was surprised to find a little bit of flow still going… Read More
Never Disappoints
2015-01-20 01:45
It's harder for me to get down to the shore now that I'm 2 hours away than it used to be when I lived only 15 minutes away, so when I do get down there, I try to take advantage. If… Read More
Foggy Forest
2014-12-01 20:48
Nothing quite like a misty, foggy Sunday afternoon out in the 6000' elevation forest around my house. Certainly no worries about anyone popping into my shots accidentally (well, maybe a deer… Read More
Still Here...
2014-11-16 06:01
Wow.. thought it was maybe a couple of months since I posted here.. looks like half a year got by. Is anyone reading blogs anymore?  Seems like interest has shifted to Facebook and Inst… Read More
Smooth Flow
2014-04-23 17:56
All the streams around where I live here in the San Jacinto mountains of California are dry this year... the result of hardly any snow or rain to feed them this past winter. Nice to see wate… Read More
A Day Of Old Stuff
2014-01-10 05:58
Had not been down to the desert for a while, so we took ride out to have lunch at Pappy and Harriets in Pioneertown, just a short side trip off the main road on the way to Joshua Tree. &nbsp&hell…Read More
2013-11-10 20:23
I always try to support (and preach whenever I get a chance) keeping our great film photography tradition alive.  I was really pleased to see this well done new website promoting l… Read More
Fall: California Style
2013-10-31 05:10
Can you tell that this scene was taken about 3000 miles from the one in my last post? Maybe if you're familiar with both areas and know your trees:)Around here at this elevation, about the o… Read More
Fall: New England Style
2013-10-12 04:06
Pond and Woods, Colrain, MassachusettsAround October 1, I would normally be heading out to Utah and Arizona for my fall road trip, but this year, it came to my attention that I had not been… Read More
Devastation View
2013-08-26 16:19
It has already been, and continues to be, a rough fire season here in the west. This view is the result of the "Mountain" fire, that only by a miracle of weather (and lots of hard work… Read More
How Hot Was It? It Was So Hot....
2013-07-08 20:25
... last week that even the local squirrels were just too gassed to move!  Actually, I kind of felt the same way:) Living in the forest at 6000 ft. elevation normally protects us from r… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
An early favorite from my most recent Arizona excursion. Only one day of perfect light on this trip.. the other days were kind of a struggle. But one good day here is worth the trip Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Spent last week photographing around north-central Arizona for the first time in a while.  An old friend of mine from school days back east teaches art at a private school in Massachuse… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Driving home through Garner Valley at the end of the day a couple of weekends ago.  Hard to tell from this, but the hills just behind the fore-most line of hills on the right, is where… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
This old windmill still stands watch over the desert, about halfway out on the trail to Wall Street Mine ruins in Joshua Tree. A level, pleasant walk on a cool winter's day Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
This one is actually cropped out of a larger panorama that I am working on printing and framing for the gallery.   Almost passed it by.. after a long day and the rather long climb up to… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
The canyon opens up in spots heading upstream. So many perfect little scenes to stop and shoot, you can totally forgot about your wet feet.   Luckily, the water wasn't as cold as I expe… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
There are several pretty waterfalls along the creek in this canyon (which I'll get to), but this is the main one.  Pretty misty and wet in the cavern, but I managed to make it up the la… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Aspen covered lava field, southern Utah.I made a point of shooting a lot of  panoramas on my most recent tour.. trying to literally get a new perspective on some old, familiar subjects… Read More

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