Shot of the Week: Desert Shenanigans (Jawbone Canyon, USA)

Shot of the Week: Christmas Tree Burn in Jawbone Canyon 2015

What do you get when you combine fire, truckloads of Christmas trees, ample libations, a 10-ball roman candle, Santa, a full-size school bus, an acoustic guitar, and a ton of people you know — plus even more you don’t know — summing up to a crowd of (probably) over 100 people? (Did anyone count?)

A recipe for disaster? Maybe. But we survived. And the answer’s not Burning Man, either. But it’s similar… (read on to find out!)

The above photo was taken with the Sony a7s and Sony E 10-18 f/4 OSS

On Saturday, January 24, Ian and I attended our friends’ annual Christmas Tree Burn out in Jawbone Canyon, California. What is the Tree Burn, you ask? Well, it starts like this: After Christmas, trees are collected en masse (like The Grinch, but polite enough to wait ’til the holiday’s through). They’re then bundled and stored for almost a full month before being trucked 117 long miles from LA to the desert to create one epic fire that will burn from dusk til sunrise. And it’s not just the fire that draws the crowd. Jawbone is a desert wasteland of sorts, which makes it the perfect setting for dirt bikes, gunfire, and the inevitability that at least one person will try to jump over the fire this year.

Other shenanigans from this year’s tree burn may or may not be documented in a video to be released at a later date. If you want to see a video, please feel welcome to make a racket in the comments at the bottom.

I hope you enjoyed this shot of the week!  Check back next week or subscribe on the right for more photos and videos from our travels.

Want to see more? View our previous shot of the week posts here.

This post was handcrafted for you during our travels in Los Angeles.

About the Author

Diana Southern
In March 2014, Diana called it quits on her traditional American working life and set out to explore the world with her partner in crime (and love of her life) Ian Norman. They now live a sustainable life of full time travel, working for themselves and seeking adventure at the same time. Here on North to South, Diana documents their journey in achieving and maintaining this "road less traveled" way of life.

2 Responses

  1. Frank Artmont February 4, 2015 / 4:22 am

    Video of people doing possibly dumb things with dirt bikes, guns, and fire? Sounds like my kind of video. =)

    But seriously, really nice shot.

    • Diana Southern February 4, 2015 / 2:49 pm

      Thanks Frank! One vote counted for making a video 🙂

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