The “Bear Flag Republic” Develops Young Leaders

The awesome thing about civic engagement is seeing young adults develop skills and then apply them to real life situations. Since 2005 I have had the opportunity to be part of an innovative program called the Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLP) which was created by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Sacramento chapter for CAIR CaliforniaContinue reading “The “Bear Flag Republic” Develops Young Leaders”

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“Supermoon” Over California Badlands

I wanted to share tonights adventure, but I will post more later about the where and the what, as well as the how cool it was. Right now, I wanted to let the images of the astronomical event in the surreal setting of Red Rock Canyon California State Park melt your mind away. The whole thingContinue reading ““Supermoon” Over California Badlands”

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Adventures With The (Ramadan) Moon Sighting Committee

Every year we go into a period that I call “The Moon Wars”- its the perennial Muslim calendar event, a sort of “I can piss further then you can” showcase except it involves whether or not to use the moon sighting method to begin and end the most holy of holy months in the MuslimContinue reading “Adventures With The (Ramadan) Moon Sighting Committee”

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Portraits- Fake and Flattering

Chris Orwig suggests that while taking portraits a photographer should “Strive for honesty versus something that is flattering and fake.” My last experience with portraiture was at the Muslim Day picnic and it didn’t go over well. I realized a huge stumbling block for me during that trial run was that I was shy withContinue reading “Portraits- Fake and Flattering”

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Rent-A-Kid Memorial Day Weekend 2014

Last weekend I was out at Muslim Day, the weather was not hiking friendly. This past weekend was Memorial Day, incredibly hot, and incredibly fitting for kicking off summer because we had family over in Palmdale! By the end of the day I was too exhausted the next day to go on our planned hikeContinue reading “Rent-A-Kid Memorial Day Weekend 2014”

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Candid Photography Lesson at Muslim Day 2014

Its been a “May oven” this year. Usually we have “May Gray” followed by “June Gloom;” but this year we have dry hot desert winds blowing in from the east- Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico. These super heated winds from the interior are unusual in that they come later in Summer (known as the “Santa Ana’s).Continue reading “Candid Photography Lesson at Muslim Day 2014”

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The Astonishing Miracles of The Antelope Valley

I have gone all over the West Coast and the US, interacted with all sorts of people and have been inspired by the places I have visited. I have travelled abroad, visiting places on my way to Pakistan, all of which has been amazing. I imagined from these experiences that “adventure” and “inspiration” weren’t toContinue reading “The Astonishing Miracles of The Antelope Valley”

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Saddleback Butte: Lonely Sunrises

Scrambling up a steep side of the Butte, I fumble for footing on the scree that made up the trail near the top of Saddleback Butte. The trail was simple enough until the summit came. The dark made it harder, but the sliver of light had appeared on the horizon, and I felt an urgent needContinue reading “Saddleback Butte: Lonely Sunrises”

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Poppy Fields: The Rambling Trail

“When you start walking toward something, remember that you eventually have to go back the way you came.” ~Me Past my front yard, out to the north-northwesterly direction, the hills are turning a rusty orange color. The entire desert has actually turned green, but that orange, only meant one thing: California’s state flower, the poppy, had got itsContinue reading “Poppy Fields: The Rambling Trail”

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Choppy Water, Left Behind

It happens quite often, being told that you aren’t old enough to face up to the challenge.  I was shooting the Wedge in Newport Beach, California some two years ago when huge swells came in and created some awesome surf conditions.  This kid was told he was too young to competently manage the waves.  TruthContinue reading “Choppy Water, Left Behind”

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