Joshua Tree’s Master of Camouflage

25 Mar

Lets get this part over with:


The challenge I left you with was finding the wildlife hiding in this photo:


This was a bit of an unfair challenge considering that this critter can camouflage better than Peeta in the 74th Hunger Games. Not to mention he was camped out nearly a mile away from us. Let’s zoom in a bit:


Look just to the right of the creosote bush at the center of the horizon in the last photo and you will see it, the shy king of Joshua Tree: the Desert Bighorn Sheep.

At this point you are probably wondering how on earth we spotted this. The truth is….we didn’t. I think it’s safe to say that we wouldn’t have seen it if a Canadian couple hadn’t pointed it out for us. (Thanks guys!)

My camera couldn’t zoom in anymore for a better picture. Fortunately, April was able to save the day:


I was positively thrilled because I’d been hoping to see a desert bighorn after April and I went to a ranger program about them the last time I came to visit Joshua Tree. In fact, I’m still enchanted by a story the ranger told during the program: The Paiute Legend of Why the North Star Stands Still.

Desert Bighorns. Another reason to love J-Tree.


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