You can’t imagine how great this feels to us desert rats! Carl and I took a drive up to Lake Havasu City today and ate our to-go lunch from Panda Express at Rotary Park… and walked both in the water and on the grass after lunch. What a treat!
Green flowers! Yes, I think these are exotic!
These cactus are called “Jumping Cholla” and also “Teddy Bear Cholla.” Best not to try to smell them… legend has it that their spines will jump out at you if you get near it. The red in the background is Ocotillo in blossom.
The desert is so gorgeous in spring!
You have to see this one enlarged to really appreciate it. I took this yesterday morning… when I noticed the moths fluttering around this Velvet Mequite tree … little did I know just how many had joined the party!
I’ve been working on using my tripod… getting comfortable moving the camera on it and finding my shot. Quite a bit different than trying for the macro and supermacro shots in which it is very easy to find the subject matter, just have to get close enough. What I have discovered is that with the zoom lens, it is just another way to get a macro shot… but with a some safe distance between me and the subject. Also, easier to take a photo with sun against my back without causing a shadow to fall in the wrong place. Or as I learned it this photo… getting stung by a wasp. I’m fairly positive that if I didn’t have the telephoto lens, I’d never have been close enough to take this one.
It would be a shame if I let the whole month of June go by and not once include a photo of my favorite green tree, the Palo Verde. Translated it means just that, “green tree or stick.” They are a native plant to the Sonoran Desert.
If you want to learn more about the Palo Verde tree.. I put together this little blog entry (with photos, of course)…
Seems like once you see one ball, you see them everywhere. This is defective orange was found on a tree within a short walk from our site. I started off with the goal of taking a photo of the “green” “ball” — but found this one orange to be so intriguing – and photogenic.