#NoKXL #NoFracking Rally at Los Angeles City Hall, Feb 13 2014

Rally against fracking and Keystone XL pipeline in front of City Hall in downtown LA as Jerry Brown and Obama-appointed climate change task force meet on Feb 13, 2014. Special thanks to CREDO MobileSo Cal Climate Action 350The Sierra Club, and many other individuals & local org’s for mobilizing folks from all over southern California

LA Times article: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-climate-change-task-force-obama-brown-garcetti–20140213,0,4650853.story#axzz2thjZ5WxU

Hashtags: #NoKXL #NoFracking #IdleNoMore #ForwardOnClimate #KeystoneXL #UnfrackCal

Full album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.599752266495.1073741838.200400163&type=1&l=31d879d2eb

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#NoKXL Keystone XL Pipeline Protest in Pasadena, California, Feb 3 2014

Nationwide Vigils to Protest Keystone XL Pipeline, 2014-02-03. Hosted by CREDO MobileSo Cal Climate Action 350The Sierra Club350.org, and attended by thousands of individuals across North America.

Report by Oil Change Internationalhttp://priceofoil.org/2014/02/03/thousands-gather-across-nation-say-nokxl/

Twitter/Facebook/Instagram hashtags: #NoKXL #KeystoneXL #ForwardOnClimate #IdleNoMore #NoKXLLA

Link to full album here.

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The Final Cut – ‘An Organic Bicycle Tour’

This is it - the final cut of a newly crafted time-lapse video in the attempt to condense 259 days of adventure, learning, and memories into 5 minutes with approximately 10,000 stills.

That’s condensing 259 days of farm life, eating, camping, star-gazing, moon-rising, and cycling into a soundtrack-synchronized 5-minute-package. Tough work, but it absolutely had to be made, and now it awaits your enjoyment! I started working on this video months ago while still on my trip, and was able to cut all the sequences together since coming home.

It is nearly an impossible task to give a shoutout to everyone directly and indirectly involved in the making of this journey and video… but know that I am so thankful for what little or great contributions and energies you have put in.

Being at home this past month has given me quality time to rest, reflect, and evaluate this whole journey. The impact it has had on me personally and professional is tremendous as well as profound. New friends and characters along the way have shown me diverse perspectives on life, and to have been immersed in the production of our food from driving the shovel into dirt with gumboots, placing into the ground marvelous packets of DNA we call seeds, to witnessing the sprouts morph from infancy to leafy greens or fleshy fruits providing us full-spectrum nutrition (and then there are the eggs, diary, and meat production!) – the consciousness gained of such intricacies and beauty of this nature system, which a majority of people, myself included, take for granted – is truly one that sticks forever.

Fuller post with thoughts to come.

Another thing I have also been doing is pre-print touch up’s, ordering, and getting them ready to be shipped out to those who have selected perks. The first batch out went out earlier today, and others will follow later this week as well as the next! Sorry for the slight delay.

Some quick snaps:


Almost wanted to keep them all myself…


Adding the matting


Looks superb, I’d say!


One of the larger 12×18 prints. I was asked to sign on the front!


And the bike has a new mission – taking the packages to the Post Office!

I leave you with these 2 joyful images:

Beloved

- Jonathan

Bike Tour stats, reflection, photos

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

The official stats are in:

- 3012 miles / 4847 km
- 259 days
- 5 farms & intentional communities
- 3 flats
- 0 injuries to self & cameras ;)

Since one of my intentions for this journey is to have a low carbon footprint, I am very happy to say that public transport (ferry, bus, train, light rail) or car-share were utilized for non-bicycle solo travel, while side road trips were mostly done with gas efficient (40+ MPG) cars. Besides supporting locally-produced or made foods, I produced very little waste overall as only consumables and trip necessities were purchased, and a majority of scrap materials were composted or recycled. I have found great satisfaction in living a simple life, as the joys have always been experienced through great human connections and sheer beauty in nature, rather than the accumulation of belongings.

If you are interested in a print (or two, or three…) of one of the photographs from this bicycle tour across the Pacific Northwest and California coast, I’d be thrilled to talk with you privately to make that enlargement happen! Please email me.

It’s been a tremendous journey, and I am hugely grateful to all for the contributions as well as non-monetary support through these past few months. The adventures continue…

Below are some of the new arrivals – a combination of captures from recent weeks and earlier this year – enjoy!

*Edit: Conservacion Patagonica has posted a shoutout for the Indiegogo fundraiser on their Facebook page, awesome.


Strait of Geogria, British Columbia


Roberts Creek, British Columbia


Cutthroat Lake, North Cascades, Washington


(from the PCT) North Cascades, Washington


North Cascades, Washington
Martins Beach, Half Moon Bay, California


Big Sur, California


Big Sur, California


Kirk Creek Campground, Big Sur, California


Piedras Blancas Light Station, California


San Onofre, California


Surfers on the Water at San Onofre, California

It’s DONE!

I now type this from the comforts of my parents’ house in Los Angeles. The past several days have been filled with extremely positive vibes and smiles as my cycling friends and I reach our mutual destination safely. After a round of celebratory meals and gathering with friends in town, it’s now time for a transition to life back at home – a time of decompression, reflection, multi-media organizing & editing, and of course, paving the way for future photographic journeys and travel treks!


Reached the San Diego/Tijuana border on December 20th!


A gorgeous sunset at San Onofre with the cycling buddies I’ve been riding with since Big Sur


Passed the 3000 mile (~4800 km) mark on the last day in San Diego!


The trusty Trek 520 bike that has been through it all


Exactly as stated!

The funds from the campaign has just been deposited into my bank account. I want total transparency for all of my contributors, so here is a screenshot of my Indiegogo dashboard showing the incoming funds & fees:

The total before PayPal fees as shown in the bottom right is $2953.41

After some quick math wizardry in PayPal, the final net amount is $2939.45

As stated on the fundraiser, I have joyfully donated 10% of the net proceeds to 350.org and Conservacion Patagonica at $293.95 each.

In the mean time, a very warm happy holidays!

Jonathan

Nomad dream

I met this French-Canadian family at Venice Beach in Los Angeles 2 days ago, and they are currently 6 or so months into their world bicycle tour. They plan to cycle through various continents in the next several years as their 6-year old daughter gets home-schooled and soaks in all the cultures, characters, and places they will visit. The mother told us that she has been a bit lonely in the US because she doesn’t speak much English. I have a feeling their little one is going to have a trilogy and a half of stories and experiences growing up, and likely become quite an adaptive chameleon wherever she/they end up. Her little bike has panniers too, and can be attached to dad’s bike to ride in tandem or freely on her own. Before we bid farewell to one another, they told me they want to show others that having a kid does not equate being strapped to one place and needing to give up on the adventures in life.

Catch them on their blog/site at www.nomad-dream.org or on Facebook at Nomad dream!

Gooaaallllll!!

We’ve hit the goal, and beyond!! 

I am positively overwhelmed by the spike of activities on the Indiegogo fundraiser this past week… this would not have been possible without everyone’s financial, verbal, and social media support. Truly, truly humbled and thankful for you all.

Enjoy the following new favorites from the past several days!

Humbled and joyous,
Jonathan


Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur, California


Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur, California


Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz, California


Martins Beach, Half Moon Bay, California


Martins Beach, Half Moon Bay, California

Indiegogo, T-minus 9 days

Hello from the San Francisco Bay Area!

It’s amazing to ponder upon the fact that the contributions from all of you span across 5 different time zones. It’s perhaps even more incredible that we are coming up to the last 9 days for this fundraiser, and it currently sits just over 93% of the goal! What a treat it was this morning to open up my email and Indiegogo dashboard to this sight:

I spent a Thanksgiving filled with abundance with Ken & Susan at Pasture 42, their family, as well as at the neighboring Full Belly Farm. Although I am away from home and family, I am constantly surrounded and reminded by friends and strangers alike to be thankful for all that life offers. May we all live in gratitude and harmony with everyone we cherish not only today, but each and everyday.

I learned a great deal and thoroughly enjoyed this last farm stop. We got to squeeze in a family portrait session, and here is one of my favorites:

Although I will still be on the road as the fundraiser comes to a finish, it’ll be one of my top priorities as I get home to Los Angeles later in December to be in contact with each person who has contributed to the Indiegogo fundraiser get the right photo printed and delivered to your door steps. I am most certainly getting excited about this! Here’s a sneak peek of a gorgeous 16×24 and three 5×7′s that was recently purchased by a customer:

Tomorrow, I will depart from Berkeley for the coast highway once more. First stop – Half Moon Bay – then Santa Cruz, Big Sur, and beyond! Below is a rough idea of my route:

Let’s finish strong together in these final days… I’d love to see that goal hit (and beyond?!), and I am so committed to cycling the last 650 miles! Any (re)sharing of this fundraiser to your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, via tags or messages to friends and family would be sublime.

Jonathan

Life on the Farm

Howdy from the farm!

It’s been a great 2 weeks capturing the beauty here and the ever-changing dynamics of the farm. From egg collecting and packing, olive harvesting and milling, bottle-feeding the calves, gobbling with the turkeys, to watching an eye-opening pig slaughter, this last farm stop has been as enlightening as any other. I have created a number of collages to convey a sense of life here on the land:

The family behind Pasture 42 - Ken, Susan, and Oren

The farm – from morning light, afternoon sun, to midnight moon shine with the heat lamps on to keep young chicks warm. Ken and Susan run a 32-acre pasture in the Capay valley and specialize in pasture-raised meats, dairy, eggs, as well as olive oil.

Susan with the 3 pigs - Martha, Julia, and Paula.

I wrote this comment a few days ago on witnessing the pig slaughter: “The piggies never lived in confinement, have had open space, a diversity of food, and MUCH more sanity conditions than commercial meat farms. This photo is a testament to their good life. They will nourish many families and support a working, sustainable model of farming. It’s still going to be difficult for me to witness the slaughter, but the reality is that this is already as humane as an omnivore’s diet gets. Hence The Omnivore’s Dilemma…”

Oren and the calves being our very own fresh milk model. They were all beyond photogenic!

Olive tree grove where 5 varieties of Italian, Spanish, and Greek olives are grown. I got to ride on the harvesting machine and saw the whole milling process too!

Here is me selling the olive oil and eggs at the Clement St Farmers Market in San Francisco!

We have just under 3 weeks left for the fundraiser, with about 80% of goal reached. So, so joyed to have everyone’s support, whether in direct contribution, Facebook posts, link shares on Twitter, or even just a simple shoutout to my photography page… every bit of exposure has helped tremendously. If you know a family member or friend who might be interested in pitching in too, please do drop a quick message about this.

Today and tomorrow are momentous days around the globe, as thousands upon thousands of people are gathering for the #WeStandWithYou vigil in protest of climate inaction at the COP19 Warsaw Climate Change Conference. Yours truly will be in Sacramento in solidarity to stand with the Philippines and many more who have been affected by climate change already. Looking forward to sharing more in a future update, and excited for these last few weeks!

The Pigs

Yesterday I made a personal post about getting to know and photographing the 3 pigs here on the farm, and the fact that they were going to be killed today. The reality is that animal slaughter for food and other uses has been prevalent since the beginning of human civilization, but in modern society it is more often than not obscured behind a facade of packaging and marketing to dampen the act of killing as well as the conditions of which the animals grow up in. I came to Ken & Susan’s farm here at Pasture 42 fully aware of these facts, especially having slaughtered dozens of chickens and a turkey with them in 2009. I came here with the intention of further understanding where and how our food comes from, and this chapter of my bicycle & farm tour has allowed me to learn much more about dairy and meat production.

So this morning was it.

In a reply to several comments on my personal post, I wrote, “The piggies never lived in confinement, have had open space, a diversity of food, and MUCH more sanity conditions than commercial meat farms. This photo is a testament to their good life. They will nourish many families and support a working, sustainable model of farming. It’s still going to be difficult for me to witness the slaughter, but the reality is that this is already as humane as an omnivore’s diet gets. Hence the Omnivore’s Dilemma…”

I still stand by this statement after watching two extremely skilled butchers put the pigs – Martha, Julia, and Paula – to rest. I am thankful for my friends and the pigs for the enlightenment they have brought me. This collage is for them.

Pasture 42

Northern California & Pasture 42

I happily write this from Pasture 42, Ken & Susan’s organic farm in the small town of Guinda, California. Even though it’s already November, the sunny and warm weather here in the Capay valley has provided the perfect environment for my newest project in this last farm stop. Ken & Susan were my host for my first WWOOF experience back in 2009, and I am thrilled to be able to visit them at their new location, and be hired as the photographer in promoting their environmentally and ethically-sound operation in raising a diversity of livestock for meat as well as diary products. It has only been several days since landing here, and the cameras have essentially gone nonstop… it’s gonna be good! Check out their website and products via: www.pasture42.com

In the days that followed the previous update from Alpha Farm, I had set off for the remaining portion of the staggering beautiful Oregon coast. Humbug Mountain State Park undoubtedly comes to mind for its sheer beauty (the first 2 photos below are from this place). Sadly though, the fog and mist were so thick from that day forward that no scenic vistas were even worth stopping. While the same weather pattern continued as I continued on through the redwoods in northern California, the visible moisture added a mystical feel to the already awe-inspiring tree groves. The towering giants and an equally giant hill climb gave way to the Mendocino and Sonoma coast, where the transition to the drier and well-known California climate becomes apparent. I must say this has been a bittersweet part of the journey, because having grown up in California, the undoubtedly beautiful surroundings are becoming more and more familiar, which means that the fresh, novel feeling of foreign travel has started to dissipate too.

What hasn’t changed since the beginning of this trip, however, has been the sheer greatness of characters I have had the opportunities to meet through these thousands of miles. Whether it be helpful strangers in giving directions and local tips, southbound cyclists riding and camping together, to generous hosts who have taken myself & others into their warm homes for a joyful gathering and rounds of story and knowledge-sharing over delicious meals — this bicycle tour has shown time after time again that the goodness in people is omnipresent no matter the locality, and the gateway to receive this humbling humanity is an open-mind and willingness to allow good to happen.

My fundraiser on Indiegogo has now reached just over 70% of my goal with 30 days left. I must thank every contributor and supporter who has reshared the link with friends and family. It has brought about such positive response from friends and strangers alike, and that has undoubtedly continued to provide me additional inspiration to take in each day’s lessons and gifts.

I cannot wait to get home to Los Angeles and prepare the prints & canvas for everyone. A huge, huge thank you for your support!

Please enjoy a number of favorite captures from the past 3 weeks:


Humbug Mountain State Park, Oregon


Humbug Mountain State Park, Oregon

Stellar’s Jay in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Cycling friends Josh & Sam at Harris Beach, Brookings, Oregon


Riding through The Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California


Beautiful fall colors on The Avenue of the Giants near Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California

A redwood grove in Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park, California

Michael, Lee, Sam (all fellow southbound touring cyclists), and I at Janet and Barry’s home in Arcata, California

A spectacular sunset over a meadow at Black Point Beach/Sea Ranch on the Sonoma coast, California

A snack and sunset stop along Highway 1 on the Mendocino coast, California.

 Rolling hills against a deep blue sky in Marin county, California  

Crossing the famous Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco, California

From Pasture 42 (www.pasture42.com):


Panorama of the 32-acre farm (green pasture block) from a nearby hilltop 

Susan with her son and their milk cows on a lovely morning

A curious young milk cow sniffs the camera ;)


Enjoying the freshest milk from happy pasture-raised cows!

A starry night over the barn house

Oregon Coast & Alpha Farm

About a week & a half ago, we reached the 50% mark of the $2886 goal! At that time, I was cycling along the incredible Oregon coast after riding out from Portland, where I had sought refuge from the gigantic fall storm (see previous update for details and photos).

Ah, the Oregon coast! A part of the Pacific Northwest and the world that I have been wanting to see for my own eyes since the first road trip to this region in 2007; it has truly been awe-inspiring – from the lush and majestic landscapes to the goodness of the people I have had the opportunities to meet.

Through an endless chain of bends on the road with moss-covered trees on both sides, the pavement keeps rolling through the coastal mountain range and down to the sandy edges of white-sand beaches. The warm autumn sun on my skin in the day has been contrasted with the bitter wetness of early rain storms. With welcoming WarmShowers hosts to stealth camping on beaches, and from riding solo to teaming up with fellow touring cyclists on the road – it has already been a ride of a lifetime.

In the last 7 days, I’ve found myself happily situated at Alpha Farm, an intentional community of 16 people nestled on 200+ acre in the coastal mountains of central Oregon.

Life at Alpha is simple – residences are heated with wood, there is always the sharing of daily chores and responsibilities that sustain everyone’s well-being, and of course, working the land and living in shared spaces in harmony with the environment and with one another. I had the pleasure of harvesting produce from the garden, making apple cider and sauce the old-fashioned (manual) way, enjoying the abundance of chanterelle mushrooms, fresh chicken eggs, and various harvest right from the land, and enjoy the whirlwinds of communal cooking, cleaning, and meetings for collective decisions. I have been really captivated by everyone’s background story, motivations, and how they made a conscious decision to leave their past careers, lives, and other ties to be in this setting where can be nearly disconnected from the mainstream American lifestyle.

The onset of autumn colors, beautiful weather, and nearly-full moon has provided an atmosphere and starry backdrop for a proper photodocumentation of this 40+ year old commune, and I am happy to have been able to share my favorite captures with the residents here. Several photos below ought to depict the lifestyle and the environment here. It’s been a solid week interacting with and learning from these folks. Alpha Farm will no doubt be a place to visit again in the future, and I am excited to see all the progress and changes the good people here will make for all the years to come.

You can check out Alpha Farm’s website via: http://members.pioneer.net/~alpha/index.htm

Tomorrow, I depart for the coast. There are about 500 miles of road between me and the next big stop - Pasture 42 - where I will be spending a couple weeks working and living with my farmer friends whom I met in southern Oregon when I was first exposed to family-scale farming and food production.

So, so excited for the rest of the coast, the redwoods, and beyond!

Thank you a million much for your contributions. I promise much more beautiful pixels to come.

PS: If you are on Facebook, and haven’t visited my photography page yet, it’d be certainly be lovely for you to ‘Like’ and check it out :)

From Alpha Farm in Deadwood, Oregon