Scotty’s Castle

October 6, 2015 at 5:30 am (California, Mojave Desert, National Parks) (, )

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Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park has a fascinating history, which you will hear on a tour by National Park rangers dressed in period costume.  Our guide was a “newspaperman” from the 1930s. Read the rest of this entry »

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Death Valley in Spring

October 5, 2015 at 5:30 am (California, Mojave Desert, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) ()

Ubehebe Crater at dawn

Ubehebe Crater at dawn

I think this will be a wordless post today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joshua Tree

October 3, 2015 at 8:56 am (California, Mojave Desert, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , )

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Joshua Tree National Park is one of my favorite places in California. It’s relatively close by, and I’m smitten with the “wonderland of rocks” and the quirky Joshua trees. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barker Dam Trail – Joshua Tree NP

May 24, 2015 at 8:05 am (California, Mojave Desert, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, )

Barker Dam Trail

Barker Dam Trail

A very nice short hike in the Hidden Valley area of Joshua Tree National Park is the Barker Dam trail.  There are a few climbing and bouldering routes past the dam, and except for a little scooting around rocks, it is an easy trail. Read the rest of this entry »

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Birds of Joshua Tree

May 19, 2015 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, Mojave Desert, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Southwest Birds, Wildlife)

Canyon wren fledgling looking grouchy

Canyon wren fledgling looking grouchy

The young canyon wrens made a non-stop racket at the 49 Palms Oasis in Joshua Tree National Park.  The loud peeps helped their parents keep track of them when they were ready to fill those noisy mouths with caterpillars.

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The fledglings could fly well enough to pester a parent hunting for their meals.  Soon, though, these babies will learn to find their own food, and the palm grove will return to peace and quiet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wonderland of Rocks – Dusk to Dawn

May 17, 2015 at 8:49 pm (California, fine art photography, Mojave Desert, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , , )

Hidden Valley at dawn, Joshua Tree National Park, California

Hidden Valley at dawn, Joshua Tree National Park, California

Ryan and Amy wanted to go rock climbing in one of the world’s premiere spots – Joshua Tree National Park.  Who knew?  These rock pillows and piles didn’t look very impressive to me, as far as conquering goes.  But apparently they are very challenging, and very scratchy.

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However, they are very beautiful, especially at dusk and dawn.  Some of these images are taken right in the campground, or very near it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bighorn Sheep, Valley of Fire

May 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm (Mojave Desert, Nature, Nature photography, Nevada, Photography, Wildlife) (, )

Desert bighorn sheep, young rams, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Desert bighorn sheep, young rams, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

I just returned from a 10-day outing in the desert, most of it with my son and his wife.  The bighorn sheep were the grand finale of the visit to the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada,

Young rams

Young rams

At first it was a couple of ewes peering over the mountaintop, then later, the whole herd came down to munch on mesquite and other succulent plants in plain view of hikers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rainbow Basin Natural Area

April 26, 2015 at 9:09 am (Bird photography, California, Mojave Desert, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildflowers, Wildlife)

Rainbow Basin Natural Area, Barstow, California

Rainbow Basin Natural Area, Barstow, California

The photos may not show it as well as the eye sees it, but there really are green rocks in them thar hills.  Rainbow Basin Natural Area is a gem of a place in the Mojave Desert, just north of Barstow, California.

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The last hour of the day is a marvelous time to visit.  In late winter/early spring you can see desert tortoises, wildflowers, and a Joshua tree or two in bloom. Read the rest of this entry »

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