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Point Mugu II

Last month, the Springs fire ravaged Point Mugu State Park. Peter and I had such a good time hiking there before, we thought we’d return this weekend to survey the damage now that the park has reopened. The destruction was impressive. Peter and I entered the park from the south side along PCH and took the La Jolla Canyon trail to the Mugu Peak trail, which took us (unsurprisingly) to Mugu Peak. See a similar–though not identical–route written up at Modern Hiker. The hike itself was very…

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Joshua Tree

Yesterday I got back from a whirlwind tour of Joshua Tree National Park with my friends Sam, Humberto and Anand. We were only there for twenty four hours, but saw a fairly large cross section of the park. On Wednesday we set up camp in Black Rock Canyon and hiked up Black Rock Canyon to the panorama loop trail. The high point of the trail straddles a ridge which gave spectacular views of the Mojave desert to the north and Coachella valley to the south. The following morning we packed…

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Desert/Modernism

Last weekend, I went with Alivia, my dad, and stepmom to Palm Springs. Other than getting a chance to relax and spend time with my family, the highlights for me were a hike through Tahquitz canyon and a driving tour of some modernist houses. In the mid twentieth century, Palm Springs was a veritable playground for architects pioneering the modernist style. The somewhat austere minimalism of their work suits the desert landscape well. I had seen pictures and videos of many of the houses we visited before, but it was…

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Hiking in Point Mugu State Park

On Saturday, my friend Peter and I went for a hike in Point Mugu State Park. We intended to follow the trails written up here, but took a wrong turn. So we ended up making our own route. The park is situated at the western end of the Santa Monica mountains, where they descend into the Pacific Ocean. I was astonished by the diversity of the landscape and flora there. We entered the park from north, where the scenery was dominated by rolling hills and grassland. Less than a mile…

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Getty Center Textures

Last weekend my sister visited from Boston. During her well-timed visit, we went to the Getty Center. For me, the highlight of the Getty is usually the well-manicured grounds more than the exhibitions. During this visit I took pictures that focused on the textures I noticed around the gardens. Here are a few that I thought turned out reasonably well: [![](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/02/Succulents.jpg)](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/02/Succulents.jpg)[![](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/02/GroundCover.jpg)…

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