Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Baby Steps into Macro Photography

Hello Everyone!

I have been away for a few weeks, getting acquainted with my new granddaughter, working on website creation for clients, and now doing some transaction coordination work for a real estate agent. Life has been busy indeed. I finally forced myself to take a breather yesterday, attached my new wide angle fish eye / Macro lens to my camera and took some experimental macro shots of one of my rose bushes. So, for your viewing pleasure, here are some of the shots from these first baby steps into macro photography.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Abandonment Issues - Fabulous New Book!

Hey Gang! I wanted to take the time to bring your attention to a new book out by a fantastic, talented artist named Cheryl McDonald, who lives in Ridgecrest, California. The book, called Abandonment Issues, is now available through Blurb. To have a look, and hopefully purchase this superb book full of artistic photography of California's desert ghost towns, please click here.
You can also visit Cheryl's website at Cheryl McDonald Creative.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cindy Recommends... TexasEagle Talks!

Sending a shout out to give a plug to the TexasEagle Talks blog, where I will be featured in an upcoming interview. But that isn't the only, or even the main reason to visit the blog of Charlie & Norma Brock. This sweet little blog covers a whole lot of interesting topics, so there is something for everyone, especially if you are an artist or have a wee bit o' the Irish in your veins.

TexasEagle Talks!

While you are at it, take a few minutes to visit their Fine Art America gallery, where you can view and buy some of their beautiful photographic art. Here are just a few examples...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mark Your Calendars!

Just wanted to remind anyone who might be interested that Randsburg will be hosting their Old West Days on September 21st, 2013.  

There will be live Western and Bluegrass bands, vendors and other forms of entertainment, including an Old West shootout. Entry is free!

For more information e-mail Linda Gallman at, or call Bart Parker at 760 371 0965.

If you'd like to stay in accommodations within the town limits you need to book NOW, as rooms and cabins rent up pretty quick for this popular annual event.

Here are the available accommodations within the town of Randsburg...
Goat's Sky Ranch & Cottage Hotel: Goat's Sky Ranch & Cottage Hotel
The Randsburg Inn: Randsburg Inn

If everything is booked up in Randsburg, the closest town to book a hotel or motel room is Ridgecrest, which is about 20 minutes away from Randsburg.

Here are some videos from last year's event. I'm the saloon girl with the bustle and the rifle, LOL!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Lost in the Fog

Wow! I just realized that it has been over a month since I last updated my blog. I have been mentally “lost in the fog” of so much work on different projects that time has kind of flown past me. I have been out and about with my camera, for pleasure as well as for work. Additionally, I am now being paid to write historical articles for an internet forum. Here are a few of my shots taken over the past month.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

On The Shelves!!!

Some great news. My book, "Randsburg" The Mojave Desert's Liveliest Ghost Town," will now be available on store shelves at Red Rock Books in Ridgecrest, California! That makes three stores who stock and sell this book.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

New Book Description

I have finally motivated myself to change up the official description of my book. No doubt I can do more, but it is a start, LOL!

The new description:

A combination history, photographic journey and travel guide to the historic living ghost town of Randsburg, California, located in the Mojave Desert. Take a step back in time and live the Old West! This old mining town has a lot of tales to tell, some of which you will find in the pages of this book. With a population of nearly 3000 in it's hey day, Randsburg saw it's share of excitement, murder, hi-jinks and disasters, often gaining mention in the larger newspapers. See where Billy Bob Thornton made his supporting speaking role debut in the movie "Chopper Chicks in Zombietown." After months of thorough research I reveal the true identity of Randsburg's most famous red-light madam, French Marguerite. Read the scandalous headlines about the woman vampire seeking new virgin blood! Explore the stories of some of those buried in the Rand District cemetery, who, until now, have been forgotten to history. Learn all the details behind the murder of Emily Davidson, shot dead on Butte Avenue in broad daylight by her husband. You will also learn about some of Randsburg's current residents and shop keepers, and how they manage to keep the history of Randsburg alive for future generations. Full of photographs, both color and black & white.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Randsburg Book - New Cover!

I have updated the cover art for my book, "Randsburg: The Mojave Desert's Liveliest Ghost Town!"

Available at: CreateSpace eStore:
Or, if you want to save a few dollars, buy it direct from me at: