Sunday, January 18, 2015

Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Art Museum - A Fascinating Visit

Whenever we have friends in town we always take them to see Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Art Museum. It's an inspiring collection of 'found objects' which he had turned into amazing sculptures and installations. You're free to wander the seven acres of property and take in breadth of his work. Make sure you go next time you're visiting.







Sunday, January 4, 2015

A New Year's Snowfall!

And thankfully, it only lasted a couple of days, but it was great for the Park and particularly the Joshua Trees, which need that combination of winter snow and gentle rains to 'do their thing'. We took a little drive through the Park and stopped at the Hidden Valley Nature Trail where we walked around the canyon and enjoyed the snow up close. Then, back home for some hot toddys and a nap.








Monday, December 29, 2014

Stubbe Springs Loop Trail...Whew!

Man, were we pooped when we got back from this one. 12 miles... count 'em. I know, we're p.....s. We met a couple in the Park who said 16 miles was their average. I took another sip of my Rioja and laid back in the sun... Next time! Anyway... this is an interesting hike. Over hill and dale, up and around, a nice overlook near Stubbe Springs, some Big Horns bones, (evidence of the Mountain Lion's efficiency), a surreal 'burn' area and then back to the car. 'What do you mean it's way over there!'.






Sunday, December 21, 2014

In a Blue Mood

The other day, we hiked up Ryan Mt. which is one of the best hikes in Joshua Tree National Park. From up there, you get a nice '360' of the whole Park. We took our time on the way up and had a nice little repast tucked down in some rocks, out of the wind. The light was kinda 'meh' so I worked the images to how the day felt.




Sunday, December 7, 2014

Soft Light and Fluid Shapes

I got up early this morning and went out to these rock formations near Split Rock that I had seen in passing. So I took a little walk, clambered around and enjoyed the crisp, morning air. No matter where you go in the Park, there's always a surprise, something to be discovered. I like just moving slowly around and in-between the rocks, looking up, looking back at the changing light. Just being there, the quiet, the chipping sounds of the little birds, it's all magic. I pick an area and just explore for a couple of hours. Always a treat.