Carl and I went to Blythe for a cup of coffee yesterday… needed the caffeine after the previous nights thunder boomers… on the way back we got off the highway at Dome Rock Road and then after talking about some new rumored development going on, we stayed straight on Kuehn Road to check it out. Well… we weren’t thinking about the wash flowing… and we came across this road block. Isn’t it pretty? This was taken at 3:15pm.
About 3am Saturday morning we woke to a terrific thunder and lightening… and rain. The wash filled and was still flowing well at 11:30 am (when I finally went out to see what it looked like… was very tired from lack of sleep!).
You can see the cement sewer openings again and there is a lot less water under the bridge. (I should have stood in the same, but I had a different camera with me on the second picture and didn’t think about it until I started working on the photos last night.)
Anyway, this is where we usually start off our ATV trips (see here) since we have to entrances from our park into the wash and from the wash we can get most anywhere for great adventure. But not on days like this! Not unless we add a kayak to our toy collection. But even then it would have to be a quick trip since it is only a temporary river.
Day 3 of Staycation: This morning I decided to take a bike ride rather than a walk for my early morning exercise. As I was putting air in my tire, I looked up and saw this beautiful scene. It’s clear as to why our park is called “Holiday Palms.”
I was only going to ride my bike for about 30 minutes, but with the clouds filtering the direct sunlight, I ended up being out for two hours… the last half hour or so taking photos of an some of our abandoned buildings.
It’s really too hot for a desert ride this time of year… but we took a quick trip on Sunday anyway. Although it was a beautiful sunny day, this tree made me want to experiment with Topaz B&W (after I ran it through Topaz Clarity).
You can see “Q” Mountain in the background.. The Q is for Quartzsite.
After seeing Ron’s comment, I decided to post the original… so why would I take away the colors? Because I could.
I know, I know! This is NOT an “evergreen” tree… but here in the Sonoran Desert we have the Palo Verde tree (Green Tree) obviously named for its bark and I decided it works for this theme! If it is a dry year, the leaves fall off a Palo Verde and photosyntheses works through the branches and trunks. However there is no chance of this tree losing its leaves since it is growing in the wash.
It has recently had its beautiful display of yellow blossoms, which in turn has produced the green pods.
Below is picture of the Palo Verde trees in bloom in the wash in April.
Stone cabins like this one can be found throughout the desert near Quartzsite, AZ. Many of the settlers were miners. Every time we visit one, it really makes us think about how life must have been for these rugged individuals.
We’ve been to this one a few times… but I never grow tired of it. Yesterday morning when Carl asked which direction to travel on the ATV, I chose this area because I thought the Saguaro cactus would all be in bloom. They weren’t. But, I had in the back of my mind that this would also be where I would concentrate on the theme “room with a view.”
The view in the photo above is of Quartzite. The air was “smoky” from the fires in Southern California and thus not the best view of the Mountains. The fires are about 100 miles east of us.
The photos below gives a better idea of what the cabin looks like.
We went back out on our ATV yesterday… and found our first rattlesnakes! Scary! Fortunately we were on the ATV already… not walking although we had been walking only moments earlier. I was ready to flee the area, but Carl stopped to let me take pictures.
This was taken with my brand new SX50 HS with a great telephoto lens. I processed the photos by reducing the yellow in Aperture and then painting the yellow back in on the snakes so that they can be seen, otherwise they are very will camouflaged by nature.
Carl and I head out for a ride in the desert on our Canam 2-up quad. This unusual camera angle gives the image the feel of action. To be honest, the pictures an accident I started to take a picture, but Carl started driving again and I gave up on the picture but the 2-sec delay kicked in as may arm was lowering the camera — in other words, I doubt I could repeat this again with good results.