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.






Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mountain bluebirds~Sunday Stills Challenge~061911




Hubby and I FINALLY got high-speed Internet in Bishop, CA. What a relief! I have been going through withdrawl! Anyway, Friday we drove down from Mammoth Lakes to Bishop. What a shock! To go from snow and 62 degrees to heat and 92 degrees! What a difference! We nearly turned around to drive back, but our cabin, which was $152 a night, went up to $245 for the weekend, so calmer heads prevailed! Besides, we had a reservation in Bishop. We drove up to Convict Lake along the way and fishermen were all busy. I spotted these two mountain bluebirds. The male had an insect in his mouth and he flew into their nest and popped back out a couple of times while I stood there and watched. Convict Lake was full of different species of birds. I would love to return there either early morning or late afternoon to watch them all. Sunday Stills Challenge for June 19, 2011.

9 comments:

Gaelyn said...

That really is a shocking difference in temperatures. Kind of like when I leave the plateau and go to town.
Hope you get internet again along this journey to share with us.

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze said...

Amazing colours. This blue! :) LG Tina

Madge said...

Beautifully captured... thanks for sharing!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Very pretty bluebirds:)

dennisthemennis.co.uk said...

wish we had bluebirds here in the UK.

Chasing Sunsets said...

I haven't seen a bluebird in years!
Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

The bluebirds are so pretty! Great shots. So why do they call it Convict Lake? Sounds like there might be an interesting story behind that one....

desertsandbeyond said...

Here's what I found out about Convict Lake: In 1871 a group of prisoners escaped from the Carson City jail and ended up at the top of the lake. The sheriff who was in charge of the posse, Robert Morrison, was killed in the encounter with him, thus it was named "Convict Lake". There is also a mountain named for him in the Sierra. Convict Lake is actually a very beautiful spot with lots of birds along the lake. If I remember correctly, bald eagles have been sighted there. We always stop by the Mono Lake visitor center and I believe they had eagles listed on their "animals sighted" white board.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Nice shots!