Blog Posts: Travel

  • Joshua Tree – Desert Christ Park
    desert christ park, a rarely visited sculpture garden gem near joshua tree I’ve visited Desert Christ Park a couple of times now, and there’s rarely anyone there. People visit Joshua Tree all the time, but few know Desert Christ, even though it’s less than 15 minutes away from Joshua Tree. Still, I really love being […]
  • Joshua Tree – The Out of This World Integratron
    the integratron near joshua tree is a one-of-a-kind location Built in 1954, the Integratron is located in Landers, CA, about 20 miles north of Joshua Tree National Park. It stands 38 feet high and 55 feet in diameter. Made entirely of wood, the building’s unique geometry is meant to magnify the earth’s magnetic field at […]
  • Joshua Tree – My Favorite Adventures
  • Joshua Tree – Ryan Mountain Hike
    Stunning views on the 3 mile ryan mountain Trail, Joshua tree, CA The Ryan Mountain hike might be my favorite trail in Joshua Tree. I’d been to Joshua Tree several times to explore and take pictures, but never took the time to hike. Usually, it’s too hot for hiking, but we went in late October, […]
  • Joshua Tree – Garth’s Boulder Gardens
    An Secret Joshua Tree Destination Garth’s Boulder Gardens is a 640 acre sanctuary located near Pioneertown, CA, about 20 miles from Joshua Tree. The wilderness seeks to embody spirituality, living with nature, and interfaith cooperation. I visited in October 2016. At the time, it was relatively easy to visit if you could figure out how […]
  • Top 15 Things To Do In Los Angeles by Ming Lo
    There are so many things to do in Los Angeles and so many are iconic – the pictures and places you see whenever LA anyone talks about LA.  Here are my personal recommendations for those visiting Los Angeles.   1.  Santa Monica Pier.  If you come to LA, you have to stop by the beach, […]
  • Travel: Shiprock, New Mexico
    By Ming Lo Chances are, you won’t see Shiprock unless you make it a point to do so.  There’s some stunning scenery in the area, but much of it is not commonly traveled.  Mesa Verde is to the North, and Four Corners a bit to the Northwest.  To the West is the vast Canyon de […]
  • Travel: Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
    By Ming Lo Tucked between Glen Canyon to the West, Monument Valley to the South, and Arches to the Northeast, Natural Bridges seems to be a secondary destination for many.  But still, it is a gem of a park.  Unlike it’s massive neighbors, it’s small and easily accessible, comprised mainly of three natural bridges found […]
  • Travel: The Secret Malibu Sea Cave
      By Ming Lo El Matador remains one of LA’s most popular beaches. Every weekend, it’s filled with not only beach goers, but people shooting videos and tik toks, as well as weddings and engagement photo shoots. Now, you may think you have seen the sea cave at El Matador. The beach has lots of […]
  • Travel: Hearst Castle
    Most who travel on Route 1 will eventually tour Hearst Castle, I think.  I went without having any idea what I would see, so the following is a little photo tour.   It’s hard to know how to feel about Hearst Castle.  Brilliant and beautiful, but perhaps, also a symbol of arrogant excess and social inequality.  […]
  • Travel: South Coyote Buttes – The Paw Hole
    Everyone wants to go to the Wave.  Of course, it’s very difficult, as you most likely know.  We went in-person for the lottery in the morning, and failing to get a permit, we got a permit for the Paw Hole.  We got a tour company to take us, and in the same day, also managed […]
  • Travel: 18 of the Best Scenic Views of Los Angeles
    If you live in Los Angeles, you see great views everyday.  But often, we are too busy running around to notice.  And even when stuck in traffic, we’re often more worried about getting to our next destination.  I didn’t really appreciate all the great views until I decided to take photos them.  So here are […]
  • Travel: Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ
    Horseshoe Bend remains one of the most spectacular attractions in Northern Arizona.  Since I’ve been there a few things have changed – they installed a partial rail, and there’s an expanded parking lot that charges $10 per car.  Please note, parking on Route 89A is forbidden, so if the lot is full, you have to […]
  • Travel: Carl Hayden Visitor Center at the Glen Canyon Dam, Page, AZ
    Everyone goes to Page, AZ to see Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, but while you’re there, you might as well stop at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center just west of Page, AZ.  The visitor center itself has exhibits, films, a relief map of the area, a bookstore and also offers tours of the dam.  But […]
  • Photography: Tips for Shooting Fall Color in the Eastern Sierras
    I grew up on the east coast, where you got lots of fall color.  Unfortunately, I didn’t really shoot much of it at the time, I was too busy with teenage angst (it’s a full tme thing! lol).   Living in Los Angeles, you rarely find fall color, much less fall and winter here.  In recent […]
  • Travel: Utah – The Moki Dugway
    We found the Moki Dugway completely by accident, and let me tell you, it was one of the best surprises of our trip through Southern Utah.   Everyone knows Monument Valley, but few realize that there are many stunning attractions nearby, including the Goosenecks and Valley of the Gods.  We had just visited both and decided […]
  • Travel: Abandoned America – Keeler, CA
    Many years ago, I drove past Keeler, CA without even knowing it.  The town is about 15 miles from Lone Pine, CA on State Route 136, on the way to Death Valley.  Since then, I’ve been up US 395 several times, and never managed to stop in Keeler.  Finally, in October, 2019, while heading up […]
  • Travel: Top Things To Do in Atlanta, GA – The Atlanta Marriott Marquis
    You don’t have to be a fan of architecture to appreciate this stunning building.  The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is a 53 story hotel designed by John C. Portman, Jr in the heart of downtown Atlanta.  It is the 14th tallest skyscraper in the city, and is known for its towering atrium.  At the time of […]