My wife and I frequently visit Palm Springs; it's only an hour from our house and it's a fantastic town full of art, culture, food and film with sun-filled skies and a dramatic backdrop of Mount San Jacinto. Palm springs also hosts world-class architecture and modernism revival that's unparalleled. This weekend was the end of Modernism Week, a... Continue Reading →
I just read that the President is designating Mojave Trails National Monument today. The new monument will be 1.6 million acres and link Joshua Tree National Park with the Mojave Preserve, and will include Route 66 from Needles to Ludlow. While not taken along the stretch Route 66 in the newly designated park, this is a favorite Route 66 image of mine (so far) - I plan to do a lot more exploring and photographing along Route 66 in the coming months.
In 2010 I had a chance to visit Kenya. Though my visit was short, Kenya had a profound affect on me. I met some of the nicest people I had ever encountered and shared wonderful experiences in a beautiful region that deeply captivated and infected me. I hope to return there soon.
I was reminded on Facebook today that four years ago a photo of two Plains Zebras (Equus quagga) I took in Nairobi National Park, Kenya won 3rd place in a local professionally judged photo contest. At the time I entered, I wasn't sure I'd even place in the contest. I had not entered a photo contest... Continue Reading →
Whenever I get a few minutes to take some photos during my workweek, one of my go-to places is Prospect Park. I had a little time on Friday afternoon and thought I'd head to the park and see where it took me.
My wife and I are members and frequent visitors of the Living Desert in Palm Desert, CA. Like other zoos every visit is different. Even though I've seen these animals many times, there's always a new way to capture or interpret them. Sometimes you catch animals that were sleeping on previous visits, on a day when they're... Continue Reading →
To follow-up on an earlier post I wrote this year about GIS Skills, I recently read a story in Readwrite Enterprise outlining 15 programming skills most coveted by employers (http://readwrite.com/2013/04/09/15-programming-skills-most-coveted-by-employers). While their story was aimed at the development community, two of the 15 skills outlined in their story are definitely needed by GIS Analysts and... Continue Reading →
I read an interesting recent article that discussed a digital "autopsy" of the social network Friendster. Friendster was the grandfather of the social network, preceding both MySpace and Facebook. At its peak it had over 100 million users and a $30 million buyout offer from Google (which they turned down). However, following some technical problems and a... Continue Reading →
As part of my PhD research at the University of Arizona where I study biogeography, biodiversity and macroecology, I have been part of a group looking at large-scale biodiversity questions for New World plants. In this role, I have been responsible for generating many species distribution models using Stephen Phillip's Maxent software (and R with the Dismo... Continue Reading →
One of my colleagues, TerraSystems Southwest, is assisting The Nature Conservancy in Tucson with the Sonoran Desert Disturbed Lands Analysis project. As part of their scope of work, they were asked to assess the level and type of land disturbance for over 100,000 1-square mile hexagons covering the Sonoran Desert. As you might expect, editing the attributes... Continue Reading →