Monday, July 21, 2014

A Nice Silhouette and Some Great Clouds

It's always fun to get up with the sun and go in to the park. I like to pick a single area with rock formations to wander about and explore. As I slowly move about, in and out of the rocks, I follow the light as it continually changes. I was photographing some other rocks and then turned around and saw this dramatic shot. What a treat.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Spectacular Clouds at the Cholla Garden

The other day we had some wonderful Thunderstorms which brought much needed rain to the area and the Park. We decided to take a drive down to the Cholla Garden to see what was what and got this nice shot.

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail a Great Hike

There's lots to see and do on this hike. Instead of going from the parking lot straight up to the mine, we went the long way around. It starts out with a nice, lush valley full of vegetation, then heads up over rocky ground to an overlook of the Pinto Basin and down the other side to the mine area. Unfortunately, the mine area had a burn a couple of years back, so it looks more like a WWI battleground. Probably the best hike for now, would be the long way until you get to the top and then turn around and come back the same way, beautiful views the whole way.

Pinto Basin View From The Top

Pushing Up From The Earth

Valley View of Mine in Distance

Old Cable from Mine in Distance

Old Campsite With Fireplace On The Way Up

Friday, June 20, 2014

The 'Hall of Horrors' Fascinating Rock Formations

I got up early the other day and went over to the 'Hall of Horrors' rock climbing area near Ryan Mt. I wanted to try out a my new Olympus 12-40 2.8 lens which I've been coveting since it's release. This is a fun area just to wander around, in and out of the rocks and do a little bouldering. There are all sorts of little caves, a slot canyon (which I couldn't find) and an interesting mix of vegetation. I have to ask someone where that slot canyon is...

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Dramatic Intersection Rock

Saw this image of Intersection Rock the other morning on an early morning bike ride in Joshua Tree National Park. The mornings are heavenly.