Archive for April 16th, 2015

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Blue Desert Wildflower

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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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Update 4/21/2015: while checking out the Joshua Tree NP Wildflower status report, I came upon an image for Larkspur that seems to closely resemble my image. Perhaps one in the same?

Larkspur-Joshua Tree NP

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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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Hole in the Rock

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Unfolding Cactus Bloom

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Mojave Cactus Mound (Barker Dam~Joshua Tree NP)




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