the dan milner photography blog: tales of an adventuring photo chimp

November 4, 2011

P.O.M: October ‘011.

Filed under: bike, photography — Tags: , — danmilner @ 11:52 am

Photo Of the Month: Nikole and Patchen homeward bound, Annadel State Park, California.

Not a lot beats the contrast of golden grass against stormy skies and California in October delivers. One of the perks of my job is that I get to ride different trails all over the world as part of some photo assignment. Usually it means some expletive-laden epic up some impossibly steep mountainside, but sometimes, just sometimes, it means great XC style riding with friends with no magazine commission to worry about. I met Patchen while cycle-touring in Argentina back in 1996. The bike and similar sense of humour (hey, we were cycle-touring) connection meant we kept in touch and although not as frequently as we'd like, we do still get to ride together on occasions. Annadel was one 25 mile loop that my two Marin-based friends insisted we go and ride. It's a blast. 22 miles in, this scene opened up and I couldn't resist reaching for the camera. Adventure photographer's it seems are never totally 'on holiday' (contrary to the popular misconception that every assignment is a 'holiday'). Annadel, along with the Butcher trail at Downieville that Patchen and Nikole also introduced me to, will go down as two of my top 10 trails, anywhere. Leica M8, Voigtlander 75/3.5.

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1 Comment »

  1. Great shot. I was lucky to live 20 minutes from Annadel for more than a year. There is something special, that I haven’t found anywhere else in the world, to riding in California, especially in October/November. Your photo captures that feeling well. Thanks for bringing me back there for a moment.

    Comment by Niels — November 4, 2011 @ 5:39 pm


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