Bighorn sheep herd 05/26/14

Bighorn sheep herd 05/26/14
There were about a dozen bighorn sheep this date 052614 up on Highway 74, above Palm Desert, CA, and right above Deep Canyon.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Desert Adventures~ "Old"~Sunday Stills Challenge











This week's Sunday Stills challenge was to find something older than 60 years old. A couple of years ago hubby went on a Desert Adventures tour to an old mining town which has been preserved and is right here in our valley. Jeeps take people in for the tour and the town is on private property, so you do have to pay for their tour. I haven't been on it yet and would like to do it someday (but not in summer!) That is an old Indian hut made out of palm tree branches (or fronds). The other photos are the old mining town. Our desert here has several old mining towns, but this one has been preserved. I will include the link to Desert Adventures, in case you wish to read more about their tours. We see their red jeeps all over the valley, especially in the Spring! Sunday Stills Challenge for June 27, 2010. Here's the link: http://www.red-jeep.com/

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pinyon tree~Skywatch Friday 062510


I frequently photograph this tree throughout the year. In winter there is snow on the rocks. Now that summer has arrived, it stands stark against the clear blue sky. SkyWatch Friday for June 25, 2010.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Waterfall~Watery Wednesday 062310


This waterfall was right below the spot where I saw the condors on the road above Zion National Park (see previous posts). This area is full of lava and the water was pouring out from the reservoir at the top of the mountain. For me, this was a click and run picture, because I don't like heights! ACK! Click and run! Watery Wednesday for June 23, 2010. For other entries, please be sure to visit WW at http://waterywednesday.blogspot.com/

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Above Zion~Scenic Sunday 062010











Years ago hubby and I discovered a road which travels above Zion National Park. It actually winds through the park at various times, but other times, it is a county road. It's the road to the Kolob Reservoir. That isn't the reservoir in the photo! It is a lake along the way. This is the road and it is colored red when it is within the national park. After the reservoir, it is a dirt road, which is passable for cars and trucks. One time, several years ago, we came up the back way on the dirt road, but turned around because we didn't have a 4 wheel car on that trip. You CAN drive it with a regular car, but I wouldn't recommend it! The views from here are spectacular and I'll be posting more pics this week! Scenic Sunday for June 20, 2010. Please see link at the bottom of the blog for Scenic Sunday. I'm still learning this new template and trying to manuever my way around it!

Condors above~Sunday Stills Challenge 062010




On one of our shuttles at Zion National Park, one of the bus drivers mentioned that there is a pair of condors living near the park. We didn't see them in the park, but that afternoon we took the road to the Kolob Reservoir, which runs ABOVE Zion National Park. It is a county road, mostly dirt, and runs about 20 miles up before you reach the reservoir at the top of a mountain. It is a beautiful road and actually is on part of the national park land in some spots. We had stopped by a waterfall on our way up the road and when we returned back down, I spotted the two condors. One of them was making circles above the waterfall (probably enjoying the updraft) and the other one was off in the distance. We were grateful to see these magnificent birds and were glad that we had this opportunity! Sunday stills Challenge for June 20, 2010.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mountain wildflowers~Today's Flowers 061310




There are acres and acres of these beautiful purple flowers in our local mountains right now. While the desert is moving into summer mode, the mountains are still having spring. I drive past these flowers every time I go to visit my horses. I choose to board them up in the mountains, rather than down here in the desert. First of all, it is much cheaper! Second, during the winter months, as they grow out their long hair, they seem to adapt to the weather much easier than our 120 degree summer temperatures! Besides, I enjoy driving by such beauty! Today's Flowers for June 13, 2010.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mustang eyes~Sunday Stills Challenge 061310














The eyes of my two mustangs, Scout and Cali. Cali is the palomino. Scout is the roan. Both mustangs are from Salt Wells Creek, Wyoming. My husband found them during an online adoption. He knew that I'd always wanted a palomino. Both were halter trained at a prison facility. They are both short and stocky and VERY intelligent. Scout is an alpha mare and extremely witty! Sometimes I think she is smarter than me! ACK! I love to look at their eyes. Sunday Stills Challenge for June 13, 2010.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Seagull~SkyWatch Friday 061110


This is NOT a RAV4 road, but the road to the south tufa at Mono Lake is a dirt road. It is located about 1/4 mile off the paved road. There is a parking lot, bathrooms, and shade structures as well as a ranger booth. The tufa there are very tall and much more photographic than those near the Yosemite/Mono Lake visitor center. And, this little fellow was keeping an eye on us as we returned to our car after an afternoon of taking photos. SkyWatch Friday for June 11, 2010. LAST DAY OF SCHOOL~~~Whoopie!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"U" is for under...ABC Wednesday 060910


I looked up and saw these swallow nests at the Yosemite/Mono Lake visitor center. The swallows were flying around the visitor center and I went looking for their nests. There they were, "UNDER" the roof overhang! ABC Wednesday for June 9, 2010.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bristlecone Forest~Scenic Sunday 060610














Hubby and I visited the Bristlecone Forest over the Memorial Day weekend. While you don't need a 4 wheel drive to get to the visitor's center, one was required to go any further up the road due to the snow and poor road conditions. So, hubby and I walked around the temporary visitor center (the previous one burned in a fire in 2008). Unfortunately, at 10,500 feet, the elevation got to me and I had to get down off the mountain! So, I'm glad I was able to get there at least once! Scenic Sunday for June 6, 2010.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tufa and visitors~SkyWatch Friday 060410


When we stopped at Mono Lake last weekend, other people also had the same idea! Here they are! SkyWatch Friday for June 4, 2010.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"T" is for tree~~ABC Wednesday 060210


Hubby and I headed for the Sierras over Memorial Day weekend and we stayed two nights in Lone Pine. We drove out to the Alabama Hills early Monday morning before returning to the desert. I saw this TREE among the rocks there and walked further to take some pics of it. It is a cottonwood tree, nestled among the boulders of the Alabama Hills. It almost appears as if the big rock on the right is ready to tumble down! We love this area of the Sierras and stop by every time we visit them. ABC Wednesday for June 2, 2010..."T" is for tree.