Here are a few of the wonderful and unique plants in Joshua Tree National Park.
And here are some of the animals commonly seen in the park.
I also saw desert cottontail rabbits, but they were too fast for me. There was one very large bird on a distant rock, probably either an eagle or a vulture.
And so it goes.
Paul, the picture of your very own self in the landscape is a little gem in and of itself. Subdued assertion, sneaky appearance, one does not know where to begin nor indeed where to end the analysis, It is just too much fun.
I get the message of that day, only today Saturday as I return from Tokyo.
So long for the nonce.
I’m glad to know that the damage is not as extensive as I feared, and perhaps the two of you feared. The volunteer I heard on NPR talking about the damage was very tactful in blaming “ignorance” rather than malice on the part of the people who did the damage.
Beautiful flora and interesting fauna! Lovely pictures.
Your photos reminded me vividly of my trip to Joshua Tree Nat’l Park a few years ago – at about this time of year. It’s such a great park. And, the photo of you is the most dashing I’ve seen so far…Beda
Paul, glad you are in a more friendly climate. Our temperature for about the last day has been well below 10° below zero. I think the temperature today was around 40 to 50° below.
Mike called me today to see if we were still in Minnesota. Of course, we are. We haven’t left the house for about 36 hours. I had to take my sister to doctor appointments on Monday and Tuesday, it was a challenge.
There’s been some news about long-standing damage to Joshua tree in the papers. I can’t remember exactly what they said, but they were claiming that the park would not recover for something like 100 to 300 users, due to vandalism and physical damage done by not jobs.
Most of the damage was in back country areas where the ATV’s went during the closure. The areas that were damaged will take years/centuries to recover. Joshua trees grow 1 inch per year. There is some minor damage to the berms on the sides of the roads as well.
On another note we attended the Joslyn Center Strummers here on Tuesday and met a couple of friends of yours. Bruce and Mickie Weaver said to say hello.