Monday, December 29, 2014
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
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
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.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
I went over to Covington Park the other morning and walked back through Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. The Fall colors are splendid right now, so go take a walk, relax, enjoy the birds and the wonderful color.
Friday, November 21, 2014
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
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
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
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
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!
Monday, September 8, 2014
We're all chanting 'More rain, more rain'! That's how it is in the desert, you either love it when it rains softly, or you hate it when it comes down in a tumult (because your driveway washes away or your Inn floods!). Either way, it's always an event and we wouldn't have it any other way. Here's a few cloud displays from early morning in the Park.