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Hills of Gold

"The secret to mountain biking is pretty simple. The slower you go the more likely it is you'll crash." ~Julie Furtado


Adventure can take many forms and often times it's what or whom you bring to a situation that really shapes a golden moment. Although we booked two extra days for some pre-arranged test shooting after our recent Palm Springs project, the time really seemed to fly. We made the most of it one morning by meeting up with two local mountain bikers in a place referred to as the The Goat Trails of Palm Springs. Awake by 4:30 and on location and shooting within the hour, we captured both stills and video from various vantage points of the two riders. They made their way through the mountainous terrain described as, "a plethora of single-track that varies from swooping, flowing, gradual downhill to gnarly exposed, steep and loose technical goodness."

The motion edit is underway by a new editor whom we've just begun to partner with. It will debut soon via the blog and JCP site. For now enjoy the still images and yearn a bit for the snow to start melting followed by some, hopefully early spring riding…

Joshua Tree

"It's the Joshua Tree's struggle that gives it its beauty." - Jeanette Wells


At the end of our time in California last week we were fortunate enough to spend a couple days out in the environs of Joshua Tree. This is a place that has a particular draw for a diverse group of people from famous rock and rollers to spiritualists and artists to name a few. It seems people from all walks of life have passed through the area at one time or another, and we were happy to add our names to the long list of those who have come here before us.

We met up with a few locals and spent some time with musician Tim Easton, had a bite to eat at the Ricochet Cafe and turned in for the night at the Joshua Tree inn just a few doors down from Gram Parson's final resting place. Stay tuned for upcoming content from these and other adventures from Joshua Tree and down the hill along highway 62.

LSI - The Epicenter of Playgrounds…

Whether we realize it or not playground equipment has been a part of most of our lives ever since we can remember. It's one of those things that is assumed to just exist, but where does it come from and who builds this stuff?

Behind some of the most creatively engineered and highest quality equipment is Landscape Structures Inc. (LSI) a company located in Delano, MN that has been building and installing commercial playground equipment since 1971. With over 50,000 structures worldwide, it's easy to see that LSI is definitely a leader in their industry. Little and Company brought us on to document the inner workings of the factory where all the magic happens. From welding raw materials, applying the primer and color coats to the final inspection before packing and shipping, we had the privilege of seeing how it all comes together as a top notch product ready for installation at a playground near you.

For the next week or so we will be on the road heading to Palm Springs to photograph various canines once again for Purina via Colle+McVoy. The warmer weather will be a welcome break from the deep freeze we have been going through. Look for a few shots from sunny California in our next post.