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Apr 052016
 

Nothing not to like about Joshua Tree.  It’s so unique and ethereal.  Hanging out one evening, the light and change of colors was so dramatic I was laughing for joy.

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Apr 212015
 

I love the way Ubehebe rolls off the tongue.  Maybe it’s a native word or tribe from the area.  Not really sure.  It is a somewhat remote destination inside the remote and desolate place of Death Valley.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love Death Valley.  It’s immense, beautiful, harsh, varied.  The topography around here, though, is quite stark and quiet.  Wouldn’t want to be here in the heat of summer.  Winter is warm enough.

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Mar 122015
 

Upon arrival at our hotel in Giza, a friend and I immediately went exploring.  We walked up the hill toward the pyramids we could see the tops of and Wow!  What a sight!  We found someone who could lead us out through the gate.  Yes, it’s highly regulated yet anything can be negotiated with a bit cash.  We were both extremely excited and in awe of the grandeur of what we saw.  This is one of the first unobstructed views we had.

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Mar 022015
 

I was not prepared for this!  Snow in the desert.  Cold.  Blustery.  I had the wrong gloves and my hands were freezing.  Yet… it was beautiful beyond any expectations I had.  I love when the weather presents a photogenic depth otherwise missing from an already beautiful scene.  This storm didn’t last all that long.  Maybe half an hour.  But, I could have reveled in the conditions for hours, comfortable or not.

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Aug 142014
 

Believe it or not, it snowed earlier in this day.  The sun felt so good.  Not hot.  Just wonderfully warm.  Melting away the chill of the morning.  I was walking along a trail after visiting one of the old mines in the park, continually awed by the beauty of the area.  The cold was lifting and the warmth penetrating my weary muscles.  Can you feel it?

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Jul 142014
 

This was taken during the first part of my adventure to Death Valley and then on to Las Vegas.  As I mentioned in my last post it was quite a diverse meandering.  Here, I arose early from my camp spot and went up to Zabriskie Point to catch the sunrise.  Beautiful as you might expect.  Also, the areal was filled with at least 30 other gazers, mostly being photographers.  As the sun started to rise I wandered down the trail and into golden canyon.  Quiet surrounded me.  The light was shining on the alluvial hills and I could see the bottom of the canyon.  And since it was the middle of winter, the temperature was perfect.  A little slice of heaven.

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Jun 142014
 

A large park in the middle of the city.  Love it.  We need all the natural spaces we can get.  When I stayed in Tempe I decided to get up early and head on over to Papago Park in Phoenix.  A beautiful, expansive desert park.  I love watching the sun rise and found a place within the desert rocks that looked down on other parts of the park.  Sure like the perspective of height.

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Apr 032014
 

I was tired.  I’d been wandering around downtown Phoenix for hours and ready to sit for a while.  I’d just reached the car when, of course, on the other side of the street I noticed this scene of palm trees set against the downtown architecture.  Well, one or two more photos won’t kill me.  Later in my travels I had many of my images stolen as my empty camera bag, except for memory chips, was stolen out of my car.  At least I enjoyed my time.

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Dec 122013
 

I love stormy skies when I travel.  They make for much more interesting photography.  Drama, texture, frame-filling.  When the clouds rolled in when visiting my sister in Palm Desert I politely excused myself and drove around town looking for good vantage points.  I followed my nose, aiming for some hills to get some kind of perspective of where I was.  These desert mountains make an incredible frame for this beautiful valley. coachella-valley-view-3-3

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Sep 072013
 

Absolutely one of my favorite places to be is Joshua Tree National Park.  The landscape and quiet is incredible!  Certainly not as well know as Death Valley or Yosemite, but every bit as impressive to explore.

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