Archive for June, 2011

I never get tired of visiting the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. I guess in part because it was here that the Native American flute first appeared in my mind’s eye. John Stillwell is nearby this place, making the magic wands that are his flutes. Through the years, I have tried to capture the magic that is here. The following video attempts to do just that:

Joshua Tree Retreat Center – Inspiration in the Mojave Desert. from Bill Leyden on Vimeo.


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I have been intrigued with Shaina’s masks and have been asking for a chance to photograph her. She makes these herself and I assume that she has an active Halloween season. On of my favorites is the one with whiskers:

Shaina with Whiskers

Her best friend, Shannon came along and I couldn’t help getting her in from of the camera too!

Thanks, ladies!

What these images don’t show is that we are at the “Top of Winnetka,” famed lover’s lane spot in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angles. (I did not pick the location). May future lover’s beware that the location is now peppered with security cameras.

The image was made with Canon equipment, in 100 degree weather with fire ants rushing up my leg.

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