Sunday, November 15, 2015

Early Morning Light at the Cliffs of Dover

I got up early and parked at the Quail Springs Picnic Area and took a walk out to the hills known as the 'Cliffs of Dover'. This is what the climbers have named it. There is a part that sweeps up the hill and does remind you of the cliffs, now that you mention it. I got there just as the light was sweeping along the front of the rocks. I walked along the base for a while and then turned back to see what was happening on the other side. The sun was just hitting the tips of the rocks in the side canyon, so I climbed up and around to take some shots and then headed up to the top, where you get a nice view of the valley. Then I went down the other side and back around through the valley to where I started. I was really pooped when I got home as I had done quite a bit of clambering up and over the rocks, all before breakfast. Great fun though. You can really do a lot of exploring in the one area. Worth a visit.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

An Early Morning Walk Near Lost Horse Road

I got up early, 5:30 the other day and went in to Joshua Tree National Park. On the way in, I noticed the temperature was 33 degrees, ouch. Luckily, I dressed warmly so it wasn't a problem. I'd seen this area near Lost Horse Road that had these interesting rock formations, so I had to check it out. When I got there, the light hadn't come over the mountain yet, so I wandered out to the far valley and then began to work my way back as the light came up. I just love exploring new terrain, taking my time, checking out every nook and cranny. You never know what you're going to find. There were some pretty unusual rock formations and some mixed vegetation (Junipers, Pinyon Pines, Joshua Trees) all in this one small area. Here's some shots I liked.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Manzanita Studies in Hidden Valley

It was kind of a mucky day and I started out with every intention of exploring this one side canyon in Hidden Valley, but as soon as I got to the edge of the hill I was supposed to climb, I found all these Manzanita branches splayed on the ground, so of course, I started taking pictures. I'm totally fascinated by the shapes and colors, and how they just seem to be assembled on the ground in these interesting designs. Next thing you know, I was just wandering along the edges of the rocks, taking pictures, finding more 'still lifes' to shoot. Here's a few I like.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Hint of Fall at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

We got up early Saturday thinking we'd go 'Birding' at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, but when we got there, found that they only 'Bird' on every third Saturday now. Boo hoo. But hey, it was a beautiful morning, so we just decided to take a walk along the Desert Willow Trail and back through the Marsh to the Mesquite Trail. It's such a wonderful way to start your Saturday before you head off to the Farmer's Market in Joshua Tree. The Alkali Goldenbush along the trail were in full display and there were some bits of red along the Marsh Trail. I thought to myself... 'a nice preview of fall to come.' Next month, the Cottonwoods should be taking on their golden colors, so plan to visit the Preserve and Covington Park.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Wandering Amongst the Manzanitas

The Manzanita is one of my favorite trees in Joshua Tree National Park and you only find it in certain places, so it's always a treat to run in to a group of these stately and beautiful trees with their gorgeous red and silver limbs. The other morning I decided to stop at Hemingway pull out and just walk along the edge of the hills to see what I could find. I meandered over towards Hidden Valley in this nice little canyon where I discovered my trove of Manzanitas. I spent about two hours there, just crawling around amongst and under the trees and came away with a few shots you might like.