Jun 072013
 

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Imperial Sand Dunes in Glamis, California.

We took a drive on Sunday to visit the Desert Tower Museum on US-8.  The Desert Tower Museum commemorates the completion of the original road over the mountain pass.  Part of building the road was figuring out a way to cross the Imperial Sand Dunes given the constant shifting sands.  The original road was a plank road.  If you are interested, here is the full story: http://www.desertusa.com/sandhills/plankrd.html

Mar 302013
 

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These Prickly Pear Cactus blossoms were taken last weekend at the Joshua Tree National Park (I’m slow to post, we’ve had some Internet issues). These are in blossom all over town as well and I can’t get enough pictures. Since these were the first ones I saw this season, I am posting them. Besides, I love the background in the top photo.

Mar 292013
 

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Joshua Tree National Park in California in bloom. We visited on March 24, 2013. This is something that I’ve always wanted to see! When I had read in DesertUSA that the trees were in bloom, I suggested we take a drive… it is only 90 miles west of here.

Joshua Tree National Park consists of two deserts, the Colorado (a.k.a. Sonoran Desert) and the Mohave Desert. Each supports different plant life, although as you’d expect some plants, such as the Mohave Yucca, exists in both deserts. The Joshua Tree is uniquely a Mohave Desert species.

Mar 102013
 

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As much as I like to play around with my photos, this one is pretty much straight out of the camera…it is as I was perceived it when I took the shot.

I took a brief break from my book reading to run to Blythe, CA with Carl. We stopped for a coffee  (That’s us in the reflection) then we picked up some delicious bread & bagels and headed back to Quartzsite, AZ.

(What am I reading that is so all consuming? THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy. I finished book 1 and now on book 2…)