"Blue Water and Rocky Lights" takes you back to a Coast Guard that would hardly be recognizable today with officer candidate school at the Coast Guard Academy, and cutters of World War II or older vintage. Lawrence G. Desmond, a junior officer aboard the cutters Mclane and Avoyel, tells a historic story sprinkled with anecdotes and good humor. It’s illustrated with color and B&W photos of shipboard life, crewmembers, rescues, and photographic documentation of the exceptional seamanship required to supply St. George Reef lighthouse in the often-treacherous seas off the coast of northern California.
Lawrence G. Desmond received his PhD in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Colorado, Boulder; his MA in anthropology from the Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Mexico, and carried-out archaeological research in Mexico and Guatemala for more than 40 years. He taught at the University of Minnesota and San Francisco State University. His books, "A Dream of Maya" and "Yucatán through her eyes," are about the photography and studies of the ancient Maya by Alice and Augustus Le Plongeon who worked in Yucatán in the 1870s. His photographs of the people, architecture, and landscape of Mexico and Guatemala are archived at Harvard University's Peabody Museum, and photographs of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project (MMARP) are at the Getty Research Institute. Desmond is a senior research fellow in archaeology with the MMARP at Harvard University, and a research associate with the Department of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences.
A Catalog of the 19th Century Photographs of Alice Dixon and Augustus Le Plongeon Published April 14, 2015
Scholars in Dark Glasses- Photos of MMARP Symposia, 1992 to 1994 Published November 16, 2014
An Unintentional Photographer, 1968-1970 Published July 28, 2014
Growing up in California, 1947-1959 Published June 04, 2014
Mexico- Landscape and Architecture Published March 16, 2014
MEXICO - As it was. Photographs of Life in the 1970s. Published January 03, 2014
Santo Tomás Jalieza Oaxaca, Mexico 1973 Published November 30, 2013
Tepetzintla, Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexico 1972 Published August 29, 2013