El Valle de Anton y arboles cuadrados

in english it’s the square trees on Anton valley.. but really they should call it “the somewhat square trees of a small grove in Anton valley”. it’s an interesting place but I would definitely shoot for a more honest title. it’s actually located behind Hotel Campestre and they charge a few bucks to see it.. its a short five minute walk through some jungle overgrowth.

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Isla Iguana

One of the lesser known places in Panama. Clear waters, white sand and yes, iguanas, as well as a healthy population of hermit crabs. Isla Iguana turned out to be quite a day trip. $30 and 20 minutes gets you there on boat from the closest beach. the rest is pretty simple, spend the day there chasing the local wildlife around; fish, crabs and iguanas. they all seem friendly (and almost catchable). its a small isla, only two beaches within a 5 minute walk from each other. lots of beautiful views and lots to see underwater too. the only thing missing was a hammock.islai_1_sml

It’s a bright sun and the limitation of my cell phone camera are evident. out of the several dozen photos I took, only a handful  didn’t look washed out and over-exposed. but I still got some great views.

As it’s namesake implies, its the home of numerous iguanas, but also the home of thousands of hermit crabs. the beach is filled with them. Video captures it best.

Fort San Lorenzo

In fear of an impending attack by sea? …There’s a place for that.

built in the later half of the 16th century to protect the mouth of the Chagres river. Fort San Lorenzo still stands as one of the coolest places to visit in Panama. The fort comes complete with cannons and strategic oceanfront views, lots of walls and nooks provide great spaces for hide and seek and if you go in the off season, you get the place all to yourself.

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The Eastern Sierras

Mono Lake from Cemetery Road
Mono Lake from Cemetery Road

The Eastern Sierra, although beautiful, is much more desert-like then what you see in California’s Central Valley and Highway 395 is the best route to see it, also the only route.  I started in Minden Nevada and traveled south all the way to highway 178 which leads back into the Central Valley.

at about 5 hours from Minden to Bakersfield, highway 395 is the perfect one day road trip through California’s less populated east side. there are long stretches of open spaces to the east and one long mountain range to the west with plenty of photo opportunities along the way, including some nice views of mono lake, open plains, Isabella Lake, the Sierras (of course) and several small towns. View some of the highlights below.

Iquitos and the Amazon

The Gateway to the Amazon

The Amazon is huge and there are many stops along the rivers edge for people to take in the views and local wildlife. I typically avoid the touristy stuff but this was actually pretty interesting. lots of animals, birds, monkeys, fish, etc. and of course some beautiful views of the Amazon. I spent two days exploring the place and each place I visited was different. 2 stops were all about the animals, especially the monkeys, which were a lot of fun. also got to see some giant fish, Paiche, they call them.

 

Appleday

appledaysmlx2Just finished the cover and promo art for Appleday. the forthcoming single from musical masterminds Jason Marion and Bradley Clark. although this is a departure from the artwork I did for Prodigal, the apple as the central theme in the image is about as direct as you can get in graphic design, and about as deep as the story behind the name itself, but that’s another story altogether. The aim was something light and colorful and I think we’ve achieved just that. you can already see the art in action and also check out Jason and Brad on iTunes and at CRW.

Apple_Day_ConceptI had a lot of fun working on this piece and working with the guys to find something that fits the song. something lighthearted and brightly colored.. that being said, just like all graphic design work, it went through many iterations before the finding the right look. at the upper left is the official cover art. To the right, an early concept showcasing some text formatting and placement ideas. and below you’ll find some promotional Facebook cover art for the official Facebook page, you can see it in action here. as well as the official Jason Marion website.

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Prodigal

Rustic-Cross-Cover-lowrezputting in the final touches before this goes to print. your looking at the art for the new single Prodigal from Jason Marion. the new music represents new beginnings, a new direction and purpose. and the artwork means to do the same.
I went with a grungy wall texture for the background and added in some overlays for color and effect, the original idea was to make the cross and text look as if its stamped on a wall, however the end result ended up being something a little more pronounced. sometimes the art decides where it wants to go.