Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Road trip~Yosemite!

We are on the road for a few days and are visiting Yosemite National Park today. Pics to follow tomorrow morning!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Grand Canyon~Sunday Stills Challenge 062710




We recently visited the Grand Canyon with our daughter and son-in-law and while the younger folks went for a hike down one of the trails, hubby and I stayed "topside" to take photos. I heard some people talking about the juniper trees near the rim and one of them said this one was 600 years old. Of course, I HAD to go take a further look. I've been fascinated by junipers since they also grow in our local mountains and this spring were covered with blue berries. This one was indeed tall, old, and gnarly. And, who can't ignore the beauty of the Grand Canyon? These photos were taken on the south rim. Sunday Stills Challenge for June 27, 2010.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Agave blooms~SkyWatch Friday 062510





I've been meaning to stop and take some photos of the agaves which are blooming right now. However, this isn't as easy as it sounds! First, they only grow at a certain elevation and area. Second, while they grow up Highway 74 above Palm Desert, on this road there are very few of them growing next to turnouts! But, Wednesday afternoon, I found a very narrow turnout up by the desert bighorn sheep fence and I stopped to take these photos of some of them. Aren't they unique? They grow straight up and then open up when the blossoms appear. SkyWatch Friday for June 25, 2010.

Restaurant outside of Zion National Park~Windows and Doors, Too~June 24, 2010














This restaurant is in the little town of Springvale, which is right outside the entrance to Zion National Park. We didn't eat in this one, but we wandered in to take a look at the shady patio and interesting gate. And, just look at the view of Zion's mountains above! Windows and Doors, Too, for June 24, 2010.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"W" ~ABC Wednesday 062310







"W" is for wagon and this wagon is in Lone Pine, CA. It is right outside the Mt. WHITNEY Cafe, our favorite eating place in Lone Pine! It looks like it has seen better days! And, yes, that is Mt. WHITNEY in the background. I was actually focusing on the lone cottonwood tree in the Alabama Hills, but who can ignore the Sierras? ABC Wednesday for June 23, 2010.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

North Rim Grand Canyon ~That's My World 062210




While our daughter and son-in-law hiked down a trail at the north rim of the Grand Canyon, I stayed behind and enjoyed the shade near this bench. Here are the kids and dad checking out the view! And, what a view! We LOVE the north rim. It doesn't have as many people at the south rim and you can drive your car to the overlooks. For other worldly views, please visit: http://showyourworld.blogspot.com/ That's My World for Tuesday, June 22, 2010.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Can't you just smell the pine trees? Macro Monday -62110







Hubby and I found these pine cones out on the north rim of the Grand Canyon at one of the turnouts. Can't you just smell the pine trees? Ahhhh.....what a delightful smell! Macro Monday for June 21, 2010.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Looking up through tram window at Zion~Sunday Stills Challenge -62010


I didn't take this photo. Hubby did. We were on the shuttle bus at Zion National Park and he took several photos up through the shuttle window. At Zion, all you do is look UP! It is a beautiful national park and we enjoyed our morning there. Sunday Stills Challenge for June 20, 2010. HAPPY FATHERS' DAY!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

In the Air Above Zion~SkyWatch Friday 061810










When we took our second shuttle back from the end stop at Zion National Park, we actually had a drive who spoke to us and told us some interesting things about Zion. For example, she said that a pair of condors lived nearby the park. That afternoon, when we took the road to the Kolob Reservoir, which weaves its way above Zion National Park, I glanced over a waterfall and there they were! I grabbed my camera, which was safely stashed beneath my seat, and took as many photos as I could before they soared down beyond the waterfall. This area had many updrafts, which are perfect for the condors. If you click on the top photo, you can actually see the second one. We felt we were priviledged to see them and I am thankful that we did! SkyWatch Friday for June 18, 2010.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Kolob reservoir~Watery Wednesday 061610


We visited Zion National Park yesterday and after that we drove up to the Kol0b reservoir. We saw this boat ramp there and stopped to take a photo. Unfortunately, there were so many mosquitoes, we jumped back into the car! Watery Wednesday for June 16, 2010.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Red Rock Canyon, NV~That's My World 061510







Vacation time!!! Well, we didn't make it to Valley of Fire yesterday on our way to St. George, Utah. By the time we toured Red Rock Canyon, everybody was tired and cranky! So, we got back on the interstate and drove straight through to St. George. Today we head out to Zion National Park. While at RRC, I took a little walk down from one of the overview parking lots and found this canyon. There were swallows flying all around and it was enjoyable just to sit and watch and listen to them! I wish I could have stayed longer at this spot. That's My World for Tuesday, June 15, 2010.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Back to Valley of Fire











We are taking our daughter and son-in-law to the Valley of Fire today. It is only 45 minutes out of Las Vegas and they have never seen its beauty.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Wild flowers~Scenic Sunday 061310




On my way back to the desert yesterday afternoon (I board all my horses up in our local mountains), I drove by this field of wild flowers. I didn't stop on the way up the hill because I would have been facing right into the sun, but by late afternoon, the sun was setting in the west and I pulled off the road to take these photos. Scenic Sunday for June 13, 2010.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Eyes~Sunday stills Challenge 061310







One of my horses is an off-the-track thoroughbred. That means he didn't make it at the race track. In the seven races that he ran, he never won! Fortunately he went to a horse rescue and not to slaughter, unlike many thoroughbreds. From the rescue, he came to us. I feel so lucky to have him! He has impeccable manners, he likes his bath, he knows how to lead!His name is Quad and he is a gray thoroughbred, a great-grandson of two Triple Crown winners, Secretariat and Affirmed, both gorgeous chestnuts. I guess, however, that his gray genes were stronger! I love to watch his eyes. He is very expressive! When he arrived, his eyes were dull and lifeless. He'd had a hard time at his foster home, I believe. Now, his eyes are alert and watching. He is beginning to trust me and I'm beginning to relax around him. Here are some photos of Quad's eyes. Don't they look like black pools? Sunday Stills Challenge for June 13, 2010.

Bodie and clouds~Weekend Reflections 061210


Clouds reflected in windows in Bodie, CA. Bodie is a photographer's dream location. There are so many shots and angles and interesting old buildings! Weekend Reflections for June 12, 2010.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bodie sky~SkyWatch Friday 061110

An afternoon sky at Bodie, CA taken through one of the old buildings there. SkyWatch Friday for June 11, 2010.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Silver Lake resort~Watery Wednesday 060910






Whenever we visit the Sierras, we always drive the June Lake loop and stop at the Silver Lake resort. It is such a calm and peaceful place! And, the small lake there is stocked with trout! Watery Wednesday for June 9, 2010.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Silver Lake Resort~That's My World 060810







We love to travel to the Sierras and once there, we always take the June Lake loop. Last summer we stayed in June Lake and drove around to the Silver Lake side for breakfast at the cafe there at the resort. Sometime we would love to stay there. Here are some pics of the resort. That's My World for Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bodie buildings~Weathered & Worn~Brenda's Photo Challenge 060610


Another photo from Bodie, CA. Bodie is an old mining town north of Mammoth, CA and June Lake. It is about 14 miles off the main road (Highway 395) and sits up on a plateau. Gold and silver were once mined there, until the mine closed in the early 1900's. The town itself was burned down in a fire started by a child about 1920. 95% of the buildings were burned. It was finally turned into a state park and you can visit Bodie during the summer months before the snows shut down the road. Several rangers live in rehabbed houses at Bodie and it is only open certain hours of the day (9:00 - 6:00 p.m.) and then the site is closed for the night. While the road is paved for about 9 miles, the rest of it is a dusty and ragged dirt road (be prepared to get your car extremely dusty and be sure you have good tires!) But, we enjoy our trips to Bodie and we try to get different photos each time. This one shows the old mining area through the doorway of a crumbling building. Brenda's Photo Challenge for June 5, 2010~~weathered and worn, that's Bodie!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Shadows at Bodie, CA~Shadow Shot Sunday 060610


Hubby and I peeked inside this old building at Bodie, CA and took this picture. Shadow Shot Sunday 060610

Thursday, June 3, 2010

South Tufa, Mono Lake~SkyWatch Friday 060410

We stopped by Mono Lake and the south tufa last weekend during the late afternoon. Clouds were developing overhead and provided relief from the blue sky. And, the tufa provided interesting subjects! SkyWatch Friday for June 4, 2010.

Ready for summer!


The boats are ready at June Lake, CA. Summer vacation is coming!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Frozen lake in the Sierras~~Outdoor Wednesday 060210











Sometimes it is hard for us, who live in the desert, to realize that other places have winter for 6 months of the year. This point was recently brought home to me when we stopped by one of the lakes, Rock Creek Lake, in the Sierras. It is right off Highway 395, near Tom's Place, north of Bishop, CA. We had not traveled this road before and so hubby and I headed up the road this past weekend, Memorial Day. The road was closed due to this past week's snowfall and lingering LONG WINTER!!! Spring has been slowly coming to the Sierras this year and even long-timers were complaining about the cold days. We found them a welcome relief, as it hit 100 degrees here in the desert while we were gone and it is expected to climb to 110 this weekend. ACK! Time to turn on the air conditioner! Anyway, Rock Creek Lake was still frozen, as you can see from these photos. June Lake was free of snow and the Silver Lake Resort was up and running. Outdoor Wednesday for June 2, 2010.

Ranch House Cafe~That's My World 060110











On our way up to the Sierras this past weekend, hubby and I stayed overnight in Hesperia, then drove up to Bishop. We decided to stop for breakfast at the Ranch House Cafe, near the Crystal Geyser plant in Olancha, CA. We had never stopped there and we were glad we did. First, the food was excellent! And, the interior was decorated like a ranch house. But, we were sad to learn that due to a proposed expansion on Highway 395, it's days are numbered. There are apparently a couple of options that Cal Trans is studying. One would be an expansion of 395, which would mean the cafe would have to be moved OR torn down! Another option would be to completely bypass the current section of 395 and make a new road further up the hill. This would mean that the cafe would no longer be right on the main road, a sure death for it. So, if you want to stop there, do it before September, 2010! It may be your last chance! That's My World for June 1, 2010.