Angeles National Forest


Incredible Scenes of a California Wildfire

On May 30th, a wildfire started in California’s Angeles National Forest, just a short distance north of Los Angeles. The fire was pushed by dry, erratic winds that destroyed at least six homes near Lake Hughes and damaged many more. The 32,000-acre wildfire had more than 2,000 firefighters working in hot, dry conditions. Some wildfires take weeks until they are 100% contained.


there are two l.a’s (don’t you love big, sweeping generalizations?). 

the l.a of palm trees and the l.a of pine trees. (of course there are more than 2 l.a’s, i’m just employing reductionist drama.  thanks).

most people think of l.a as the land of palm trees. baywatch, beverly hills, etc. but there’s also angeles national forest and griffith park and about a billion pine trees.

these pictures are from mt. baldy, which is in the angeles national forest. they were taken in february, in l.a county. and you’ll see a little house (aka: architecture) where they give ski lessons. 
at the top of a mountain.
in l.a county.

i don’t want to malign the l.a of palm trees.  palm trees are ok, plus they remind me of “day of the triffids”. but the l.a of pine trees and parks and mountains is beautiful and often overlooked.

so here’s a little alpine house where they teach skiing and snowboarding, a chair lift, and an ocean of pine trees. all in l.a, probably 50 minutes away from where you live.



These are photographs from my first roll of black and white film since high school (yes, circa 2008, eek). I can’t believe it’s been that long since I’ve finished a whole roll! I love shooting in black and white because it forces you to think in ways you normally wouldn’t if shooting color. These are in no way related to each other, but I figured I’d share them as a group.

1. El Matador Beach, California
2. Angeles National Forest, California
3. Georgetown, Colorado
4. McWay Falls near Big Sur, California
5. Los Angeles, California

As we continued on, we began to see the road below us—and felt both accomplishment and sadness. We both knew we wanted more of this. More nature. More adventure. More true togetherness. This quick, overnight trip was what sparked our love for backpacking, heightened our love for hiking, and strengthened our bond together. This was the beginning of a beautiful thing.