October 2021

October 31, 2021

Night Drive

Sunset: 5:52pm. A waning crescent moon on Halloween with a high of 64 degrees. I think I’ve had enough input. Enough inspiration.

October 23, 2021

Desert Cadence

Twentynine Palms. Sunset: 6:00pm. I heard about a woman who can tell you the future by deciphering the contrails of experimental military aircraft.

October 21, 2021

Some Quiet

Mojave desert. Sunset: 6:02pm. A quiet day in the desert spent watching the shadows of the Joshua trees grow.

October 20, 2021

Hunter’s Moon

Mojave desert. Sunset: 6:00pm. There’s a full moon tonight, and we pulled over to watch it rise.

October 19, 2021


Phoenix. Sunset: 5:48pm. After looping through its grids for a solid two hours without feeling like the scenery had changed, we checked into a Ballardian hotel along the interstate.

October 18, 2021

Vegas Tableau

Las Vegas. Moon: waxing gibbous, almost full. Scrolled past an abandoned baby stroller and a bottle of champagne on the median of Dean Martin Drive.

October 17, 2021


Las Vegas. Sunset: 6:01pm. Shocking skies with a high of 83 and a low of 50 degrees.

October 16, 2021

Night Flight to Vegas

Thirty-nine thousand feet over the Rocky Mountains. Night flight into the desert.

October 15, 2021

Ecco Homo

Sunset: 6:15pm. A sunny Friday with a high in the 80s, and it’s startling to see Christ looking so human, so plain.

October 14, 2021

The Last Ritual

Sunset: 6:16pm. Moon: Waxing gibbous. The first rituals began to make sure the sun would rise each morning, and I often wonder what the last ritual might be.

October 13, 2021


Sunset: 6:18pm. A high of 70 degrees and 84% humidity. Spent a late night at the cemetery chapel, tending to the responses to After the End.

October 12, 2021

Future Church

Sunset: 6:20pm. A late spring day in October with a high of 72 degrees. More and more, I admire the imagery of Catholicism as a vocabulary of mourning.