Wayside Cafe. Mojave. CA

The desert doesn't change much, but there is always something different to see. 


 More highlights with a nice bit of storm cloud. Always worth getting out when the sky begins to bruise, with another fine chair and a nice BOWL sign to boot...

Apart from the recent fires last month which created its own overcast cloud, this was the first time in about six months that the sky wasn't cloudless and blue.


Recent highlights.

Some work from the past two weeks working on my Rainshadow project. 

Still covering the the aftermath of the Bobcat fire I managed to photograph areas that were undergoing demolition as part of the clean up process in this alien looking area of burnt-out cars.

Another hot day with random stop offs and out of place objects. 9 out of 10 images of chairs I have made have been in the desert. Even after all these years the idea still intrigues me..

(Below) An epic sky followed by an equally epic hail storm. 



Small finds.

 Found from this very blog back in 2009. Not sure if I wrote it, or it was someone else. Either way, its worth posting again.

To all born in the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's

We survived being born to mothers who smoked and drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC or Subway .

Even though all the shops closed at 5.30pm and didn't open on the weekends, we didn't starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K..

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY ,

no video/dvd films, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time...

We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Mum didn't have to go to work to help Dad make ends meet!

RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on merit.

Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bullies always ruled the playground at school.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of, they actually sided with the law!

Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO

And YOU are one of them!