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, March 23, 2011

What happens when joshua trees die?~Nature Notes~032411




Let's face it...joshua trees fall over and die. So, what becomes of them? They decay and support all kinds of life, from the decomposers to insects to reptiles. Centipedes, small lizards, snakes, spiders...all use the dead tree as homes. I leaned over and investigated these two that I found and didn't see anything in them, but it was late morning when we visited the park...I would love to get there very early in the morning OR arrive mid-afternoon and stay late in the day. I can't wait to return to the park! Nature Notes for March 24, 2011.

5 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

There's so much life that moves in to dead trees, it would be interesting to know what lives in your dead Joshua tree

Jedediah said...

I love turning over stones or picking up fallen branches, there's always something interesting under there. The first shot of the Joshua tree is beautiful.

Leora said...

"Centipedes, small lizards, snakes, spiders" - would love to see all those fellas at work! A beautiful tree.

KaHolly said...

I'd like to investigate right along side you!! Let us know what you find when you get the opportunity to visit the park again.

Rambling Woods said...

I look forward to seeing what you find...nothing like a good nature investigation.....Michelle