Friday, November 21, 2014

A Walk in a Wash Leads to Some Beautiful Fall Colors

We took a little walk down this wash in Hidden Valley on a warm afternoon and were delighted to discover some golden 'Fall' colors amongst the Acacia 'Cat's Claw' trees and bushes along the wash. It's our subtle nod to Autumn here in the hi-desert.







Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Special Visit to the Joshua Tree Southern Railway Museum

We've always wanted to visit this special place.  We were invited by The Mojave Desert Land Trust in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of The Desert Protection Act and were able to take a tour and have lunch in one of the old railway cars on the property. It's a fascinating place to visit and ride the trains. If you'd like to visit, call Terry Watson at 760-366-8879 for an appointment to tour. Here's their website for more info: http://www.jtsrr.org







Friday, October 31, 2014

Fascinating Shapes at Hidden Valley

I like going to this one area by Hidden Valley in the early morning. The light continually changes throughout the year, revealing a rock or shape I hadn't noticed before. Joshua Trees walking in the landscape. One rock rising up looks like some sort of marine animal breaching, another looks like two Chuckwallas sunning themselves. Always something new to discover.





Monday, October 20, 2014

It's All in the Details

I went out for a little hike in the early morning and instead of focusing on the 'big picture', I looked down and around, more at the small things and the way the light played on them. There's always something fascinating to see when you take the time.






Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Recent Storms Create Amazing Cloud Displays in Joshua Tree National Park

The other day, I saw these tremendous clouds looming up behind the house and I thought, there must be some good shots to be had in the Park. So, off I went, taking pictures along the way. When I got to Ryan, I turned around because all the action seemed to be heading toward the West entrance. On the way home, I had to cross several rivers of water heading down Quail Springs Rd. Quite an adventure!