Praying Mantis Gallery

Six years of Praying Mantis photography compiled and ready for a calendar. These photos are available in a book available at Blurb Books.


Ms Mantis

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2014 on the Playa Burning Man at Night

The Playa at Burning Man becomes a visual feast at night for everyone, especially photographers.

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Burning of the Man 2014


The structure of the man for 2014, an over whelming 100 foot free standing marvel of art and engineering.

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Burning Man 2014 – Rain on the Playa

Arriving on the Playa 2014 challenged our group with a dramatic storm on the morning of the second day. We woke up the dreaded sound of rain drop on the fabric of the tent, it went on for at least 2 hours. The lightening and claps of thunder were right above, you could feel the electrical charge in the air and smell the playa dust turning to muck with the consistence of sticky cookie dough. What to do? We couldn’t ride our bikes, walking build up the muck on the bottoms of your shoes, turning them into Playa platforms. So rather than moan and bitch, we accepted the rain, mud and worked around it. Before we knew it, the camp site was together and the playa was drying out.

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Goblin Valley – Utah desert

The goblin shaped rocks are known as Hoodoos of Goblin Valley, a remote Utah State Park on the San Rafael Swell west of Green River, Moab and Canyon Lands. The intricately eroded Entrada Sandstone came from an erosion-resistant layer of rock atop softer sandstone. Vandalism has been a problem as recently as 2013, when mischievous Boy Scouts thought they would push over the Hoodoos that looked unsafe, even though some have been standing perfectly balanced for millions of years.

Goblin Valley has a great, reservations only campground, amphitheater and fascinating geology that will keep you busy with your camera and imagination finding interesting but odd characterizations of imaginary creatures.


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Photo excursion to Moab.

Just returned from a Moab photo excursion to Arches National Park. Arches, like Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon are world-class natural history sites. The mysterious geology invokes a feeling or ancient ruins, Egyptian monoliths or maybe an alien landscape, look for hidden faces in the rocks. An ancient history of our planet is recorded here, those mysteries are for us to figure out, it may be old but its still very much alive and dynamic with a diversity of plants and animals living in this protected habitat. Arches was on my bucket list and I sure I’ll be going back again one day, not planning on kicking the bucket any time soon. Order Prints.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
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Spain – Bubión a village in La Alpujarra region of Granada

Definitely off the beaten path, Bubión is a village in La Alpujarra region of Granada in Spain. David Baker our travel companion led into the Sierra Nevada mountains of southern Spain looking for his ancestral roots in Spain which led us to this high mountain village. Bubión was founded in Roman times, with winding narrow streets and Moorish features, painted all white with flat roofs. It’s a region of special artistic and historical importance. We had the pleasure of watching the the wearer of Bubión, she invited us into her studio (pictured below) and gave a fascinating demonstration on her loom.


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Spain – Arcos de la Frontera – province of Cádiz

Arcos de la Frontera, an Adalusian village atop a commanding sandstone mountain in the province of Cádiz. Arcos de la Frontera is a fascinating collage of diverse architecture from Roman times through the Moorish period and a 13th century Gothic cathedral famed for its 10 bells.


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Spain – Grazalema – A Spanish village in the province of Cádiz.

Not far from Ronda, Grazalema a village located in the northeastern part of the province of Cádiz, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. Situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Pinar mountain range.

In the village center, larger than life size, beautiful bronze sculptures commemorate the “Toro de Cuerda” (Bull on Rope) festival in Grazalema. Restrained on a rope, the bull is allowed to run through streets during the annual festival.


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Spain – Ronda the jewel of Andalusia

Ronda was my favorite spot in Spain, second only to Barcelona. Ronda has a rich history dating back to the neolithic age, Roman and Moorish influences are embedded in Ronda’s architectural history. A Wikipedia note: “Orson Welles said he was inspired by his frequent trips to Spain and Ronda (e.g. his unfinished film about Don Quixote). After he died in 1985, his ashes were buried in a well in Ronda, located on the rural property of his friend, the retired bullfighter Antonio Ordoñez.”

Matadore statue in Ronda

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