17
Apr
15

a Knuckle & Needles…

My wife will appreciate this macro shot of her dry knuckle with visitors. During her efforts to get ever so close with the macro lens to the cactus blooms she acquired some attachments. Even the slightest brush brought these little probes.

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17
Apr
15

only the wind…

only the wind heard

abandoned buildings decay

who stood here before

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17
Apr
15

Fan Palms & Renovation

Recently, I became more familiar with the use of the fronds from Mexican (Washingtonia robusta) fan palm trees. You may have seen thatched roofs (palapa’s) on Mexican beaches offering shade while you sip a bebida. This time, I came upon the renovation of an old house damaged in a flash flood where fan palm fronds were being used to install siding. I checked further and noted the nearby trimming of the fronds/petioles from the skirt around a tree. An admirable, yet arduous task it seemed.

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Nearby, I found the source for the fronds….

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The renovator has gone in under the skirt of the tree and trimmed away at the thick petioles that attach the frond to the trunk of the tree….

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Lumber must be scarce or the person has a penchant for immediately available, natural materials…

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A palapa/canopy near Andreas Creek a few miles from the renovation project.

A replica of an Agua Caliente Cahuilla structure using the same fan palm fronds & materials from the tree’s skirt….

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16
Apr
15

Blue Desert Wildflower

blue desert wildflower Joshua Tree NP desert

A lovely blue wildflower in Joshua Tree National Park near Lizard Rock. I cannot identify the variety. It does not appear, to this novice, to be a blue bell, blue dick, lupine, chia or Fremont phacelia….the blues of my desert plant guide (for novices). Perhaps someone will know exactly what it is.

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16
Apr
15

Desert Cottontail

16
Apr
15

Chasing Cactus Blooms

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The Joshua Tree National Park is a surreal wonderland of desert scape. For me, first and foremost are the rock formations that dominate the north end of the park. On and on they go for photographers, rock climbers, campers, hikers and the drive by enthusiasts. One thing I do enjoy is parking the car and heading into the desert, off the roadway, to find the colors of cactus and wild flowers. The grays, tans, greens, and browns are the dominant color scheme, but amongst those colors are splashes of brightness that are tucked away amongst the boulders, brush and sands of the park. This year, we found hundreds of cactus about to bloom or having just bloomed. Pinks, reds, corrals, oranges glowed amidst the desert scape. We took so many shots of cactus that it is truly hard not to inundate the viewer with dozens of images. No doubt over time, I will….

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16
Apr
15

Hole in the Rock

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