King of the Cats – Palm Springs Airport

The Stearman (Boeing) Model 75 biplane takes off from the Palm Springs International Airport. Built in 1941, it was previously owned by Baron “The Flying Innkeeper” Hilton before being donated to the Palm Springs Air Museum by the Hilton family.

On the tarmac is “King of the Cats” – a Grumman F7F Tigercat. The Tigercat was a night fighter bomber formerly with several U.S. Marine fighter squadrons.


The Road to Taliesin West

The Road to Taliesin West

I had the privilege recently to join a group of exceptionally talented photographers and photograph Taliesin West, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a few weeks ago. This is the view from my car’s dash cam that takes you on the road through the pristine Sonoran Desert up to the entrance to Taliesin West.

Taliesin West, which is located on more than 500 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona was the winter home and studio of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and is undoubtedly a sacred space in too many ways to describe, especially if you’ve never visited before.


“Indigenous Inhabitants” by Tom Van Sant

In 1968, artist Tom Van Sant created a series of 39 panels he called “Indigenous Inhabitants” that captured Orange County, California’s regional wildlife (some which are extinct now).

The panels were cast in concrete using a technique called Intaglios – Italian for incised carving.

Several of VanSant’s intaglios, including this bird of prey, can be found incorporated into the walls of the headquarters building of the Irvine Company, located in Newport Center, Newport Beach, California.

Tom Van Sant’s work, which can be found throughout Fashion Island and Newport Center, was commissioned by Architects William Pereira and Welton Becket.