Celebrating Point Molate Through Art

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I am very blessed to be taking part in a very unique conservation art show. This event is dedicated to celebrating an environment that was nearly lost to a poorly planned development.  A citizens group from Richmond was one of the few advocates for protecting the Richmond shoreline. In what I would call the Golden Age of conservation in the Bay Area, most conservation organizations either supported developing the shoreline into a casino or quietly refused to comment. Conservation as a greater entity failed. I was angry, sad, and broken as I worked on this project as both a photographer and a conservation biologist.

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Drought, Groundwater and the Joshua Tree – May 2013 Desktop Calendar

While waking transects and looking for rare plants in the dusty Mojave Desert of 2013, I had much time to consider vastness, appropriateness and tenacity. Notably, it was hot, dry, and teetering on spiritual (which isn’t always a good thing when rattlesnakes abound).

The desert is nothing if it is not tenacious. It is an acerbic beast even in it’s kindest moments. Blowing sand, regular temperatures in the hundreds from April through October (in the sun that is). Humbling, and even bending or distorting the idea of life just a bit, since the desert’s signature is withering brown plant skeletons, dry playas and spines. Dessication, opportunity and impermanence are its soul. It is a tribute to both eternal things and the ephemeral. Within that sea, there are pauses of vibrance and life.

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Tejon Ranch, The Biggest Conservation Success – April 2013 Desktop Calendar

April Fools Day is over and traveling thru (a small part) of Tejon Ranch was a great way to spend it. The Tejon area was flush with extensive swaths of fiddleneck (Amsinckia eastwoodiae) coloring the hills orange. Truly, this may be the best display of fiddleneck I’ve ever seen.

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Bringing Back the Butterflies

Restoration is a favorite activity of mine. There’s an intrinsic healing that happens within oneself when your hands get dirty, plants comes to life, caterpillars become butterflies, and you generally work as a hand that protects and celebrates nature. It’s kind of like gardening, but way cooler!

In this month, my field work has ramped up and there are lots of amazing flowers and creatures that have come to enjoy their rebirth in spring. This desktop calendar celebrates an almost 30 year effort to understand and save one species in particular, the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly.

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Here’s my desktop calendar March – free for all who want to use it as such.  I wanted to celebrate the work of Dr. Stuart Weiss (see this wacky character, mentor, revolutionary above) and his associates (okay, fine, I’m one of them) in restoring habitat before a species becomes extinct. More info about the  Creekside Center for Earth Observation here. Click on the photo, then right click and save the image, or see the link below.

March 2013 Calendar desktop Coyote Ridge Checkerspots copy

Here’s the download to the full size picture for your desktop – Please enjoy!

Rhythm of the Lodgepoles

My February calendar download pays tribute to a wonderfully, snowy lodgepole pine stand. I warn you, it’s abstract. In that, I think this sweeping long exposure provides a lot of ecological information on the stand. From this abstract you get a sense of openness and light in the forest stand – this has shown to decrease pine bark beetle invasion and help maintain larger trees for longer. Yes, this is reason to go hug your favorite forester.

The openings, the hand of humankind in its management have created the rhythm of our lodgepoles.

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This photo hails from a lodgepole stand in Whitefish, Montana.

I hope you enjoy the still sleepy, cool tones of the end of winter.  Please feel free to click on the image and save it as your desktop calendar for the month of February. Or you can click here for the direct link.

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PS Why is rhythm such a hard word to spell if its just so important in life?

2012: A Year in Review – An ebook look into Lech Naumovich Photography

2012 ebook previewI’ve been working on trying to recap and learn from my past year of photography. This year, for the first time, I’ve taken on creating an ebook with my 16 favorite images, and offering it as a sort of brief, updated portfolio. Continue reading

Dr. Martin Luther King Day

The sleepiness of December weighs heavily on me every year. I feel like the new year is a time for reset, but for the most part I don’t feel like I’m in peak shape, or creativity, and certainly not productivity.  But then the day to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream arrives and I personally feel like my life becomes refocused, and reinvigorated. Take a moment – listen to one of his speeches – get inspired by his voice and delivery. He was truly an amazing human being.

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City Hall Wedding with Class

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I recently photographed a wonderful marriage in City Hall. Kim and Tim (the Im’s) looked stunning especially with the grand architecture and history surrounding them. They are fantastically warm and kind people who have been in love for some time and finally tied the knot.

For me, it was great to be a part of their wedding and to witness what happens in City Hall.  After delivering their finished photos, I spent some time finalizing a few pics in a low-contrast, high ISO feel with grain and old times. This isn’t typically what I offer clients (unless they ask specifically), but I thought the BW finish and the feel of the event worked nicely. Continue reading

Warmth and Hope in the Chiliest of Times: January 2013 Desktop Calendar

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I must say that I’m very sad to see 2012 go (but still excited for 2013 at the same time).  It was a thrilling year with many great happenings.  There were also trying times when it seemed like this place we celebrate as home is aching.  The winter is just the season to allow for rest, regeneration, slow days, and cold cuddle-up-with-someone nights. More to come on recapping 2012 and looking forward to 2013.

Here’s my desktop calendar January – free for all who want to use it as such.  I wanted to celebrate the cold, quiet, slow times and know that they are as important as peak growing season.  Here’s a photo from Yosemite valley celebrating just that.  Click on the photo, then right click and save the image, or see the link below.

Jan 2013 Calendar desktop Yosemite - Lechphoto

Here’s the download to the full size picture for your desktop – Please enjoy!