Thursday, December 26, 2013
Winter is ebbing and flowing.
The creek was frozen, then we got a warm spell with 3 inches of rain,
causing flooding and then a cold snap.
The freeze-up begins again.
As the water falls, icicles form along the creek bank.
Rocks, once again, become emtombed.
An ice pendulum hangs from a branch.
Nature's wind chimes hang over the creek.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Every year, I try to get in at least one ride in the snow.
This year, now that Apollo has joined our herd,
his owner, Janette, was anxious to experience the snowy woods with us.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
We had a severe weather day yesterday.
After starting the day in the 60's, a cold front came through with ensuing storms.
Several towns near us were ravaged by tornados.
We were spared and just had a few high winds and rain.
The storm approaches
Looking north where a tornado passed just minutes earlier
After the storm
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Just 15 miles west of Las Vegas is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Who knew this gem was so close to a huge city?
The entrance fee is $7, however if you've purchased
an America the Beautiful pass for national parks, that will get you in as well.
There are nineteen hikes listed, from easy to strenuous and
the area has over 2000 climbing routes for rock climbers.
There is also a 13 mile scenic route if you want to enjoy the sights from the comfort of your car.
And, if you are lucky, you'll spot some wild horses or burros.
If you need to get away from the hustle & bustle of the city,
check out the Red Rock Canyon!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Joshua Tree is in Southern California and includes portions of the Mojave & Colorado Deserts.
This is a stand of the namesake Joshua trees, not really a tree at all, but a species of yucca.
The rocks appear to be haphazardly piled up, but have actually eroded into these unusual stacks.
The desert iguana is right at home in the cracks of the boulders.
Joshua Tree is a mecca for climbers.
Can you spot the 3 climbers ?
This is skull rock.
Camping among the boulders looks fun.
There are petroglyphs on the rocks too.