Hiking Joshua Tree: Ryan Ranch


Distance: 1 miles

Time: 1 hour

Description: Out and back

Level: Easy

Parking: Limited roadside parking


  • Historic adobe structure

  • Lots of wildflowers

  • Lots of desert black-tailed jackrabbits and desert cottontails


  • It’s so close to the Ryan Ranch campground that you can hear the campers

  • Fairly close to the road


Hiking Joshua Tree: Barker Dam

I moved to Joshua Tree a few weeks ago and decided that I wanted to complete every hike in the park…

Here goes nothing.

Barker Dam


Distance: 1.1 miles

Time: 1 hour

Description: Loop

Level: Easy


  • Well-defined trail

  • Part of the trail includes walking over big rocks


  • Crowded at peak times


  • Close to the Wall Street Mill trail

  • Don’t walk on the dam! Unfortunately, I’ve seen this happen. Don’t be that person. Leaving no trace includes your feet.

EXPLORING: Camouflage

A few years ago there was a super bloom that covered Death Valley in yellow wildflowers. I drove down to the park from Oakland a few times that spring to further explore the desert and make new work.

During one of my trips, I found this green bush with brown rocks behind it that matched the colors of my hair.

I was able to blend into the landscape and take this:

Natasha Carlos,  Site G (Self-portrait) , 2016

Natasha Carlos, Site G (Self-portrait), 2016

Other artists who have experimented with camouflage:

William Wegman,  Camo , 2003

William Wegman, Camo, 2003

Cecilia Paredes,  Dreaming Rose , 2009

Cecilia Paredes, Dreaming Rose, 2009

Ana Mendieta,  Tree of Life , 1976

Ana Mendieta, Tree of Life, 1976

Lee Friedlander,  Tuscon , 1997

Lee Friedlander, Tuscon, 1997

Ben Zank, 2016

Ben Zank, 2016

Joeri Bosma, 2012

Joeri Bosma, 2012

Check out my “CAMOUFLAGE” board on Pinterest for more images.

Self-portraits of Womxn in the Landscape

A small collection of self-portraits womxn have taken in nature that have inspired and informed my practice.

These images are listed chronologically, ranging from the early 1900s to the 1980s.

Imogen Cunningham  Self-portrait , 1906

Imogen Cunningham Self-portrait, 1906

Anne Brigman,  Soul of the Blasted Pine , 1906

Anne Brigman, Soul of the Blasted Pine, 1906

Joan Jonas,  Mirror Piece I , 1969

Joan Jonas, Mirror Piece I, 1969

Ana Mendieta,  Untitled (Silueta Series, Mexico) , 1973–77

Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Silueta Series, Mexico), 1973–77

Vivian Maier,  Self-Portrait ,  Chicagoland,  1975

Vivian Maier, Self-Portrait, Chicagoland, 1975

Cindy Sherman,  Untitled Film Still #43,  1979

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #43, 1979

Judy Dater,  Self-Portrait with Stone , 1981

Judy Dater, Self-Portrait with Stone, 1981

Judy Dater,  Self-portrait Holding Up Rock , 1983

Judy Dater, Self-portrait Holding Up Rock, 1983