I am not an environmental photographer although I am concerned about our environment and the direction it seems to be going. I'm somewhat of a realist, though, and I don't believe that the world I live in today will exist forever. I base this on looking at the past and the many worlds before me that have existed and perished. In general, I don't even think to take any environmental images. However, on a recent trip along Hwy. 395 in Northern California, only a few hours away from where I live, I decided to take some images that show what the current landscape in California all too often now looks like. We have been ravaged by fires here in California year after year, many started by our utility companies. It astounds me that our utility companies continue to allow this to happen, in spite of the fact that we now can go days without power as the company shuts it off to avoid their equipment starting a fire. The situation with the utility companies is very dire and a recent southern California fire was started by Southern California Edison (they recently admitted this), in spite of the fact that the power to the transformers was off. The utility companies have failed to maintain, upgrade and improve their equipment over the years and now all of the people in California are paying the price. The first image is just east of Mono Lake and the site was closed. Many of our public lands have been off limits to users due to the high fire danger and the actual fires in the nearby areas. Living in California used to be a wonderful experience but that experience has now dimmed considerably. The other two images are from Monitor Pass which is further north of Mono Lake.
I am a photographer, it is my passion, my avocation, and almost everything I do revolves around it.