Springtime comes a little later in the high desert than it does in lower elevations. We're at about 3,000 ft. / 915m, so if you made several trips March - May from the lower desert (where, in some places, the elevation is near sea level) to the Mojave, you would see a progression of flowers working their way up. Except you'd also see different kinds of flowers!
Today for Cinco de Mayo, I took a fast trip through the higher areas of Joshua Tree National Park. I wish the sky would have stayed clear and blue, but sometimes, nature has its own schedule.
Still, the picture-taking was worth it. Sometimes, all I really need are visual notes on what is blooming and where. In some cases, I'll shoot details I might need to paint leaves and flowers up close -- then, the overcast skies can actually be helpful in lowering the contrast of the photos. And I have at least a gazillion or two photos of the Park with the lighting I prefer, but today's pictures add information that I may not already have!
These are a few of the 75 or so photographs I took today:
|Inside the west entrance to the Park|
|Desert mallow in Lost Horse Valley|
|Near Keys View|
|Horned lizard, same specimen as above|
|View into Twentynine Palms|
|Near Twentynine Palms|
Anyway, I hope your Cinco de Mayo was fun. Overall, mine was!