A Desert I-Spy

12 Mar

First of all, this post is about Joshua Tree, which means you need to listen to this while you read it:

Now that we’ve properly set the mood, you may continue.


I still have not seen The Lorax, because I spent the opening weekend with April in Joshua Tree National Park. I did however, get to hang out with real plants that look whimsical enough to have sprouted from the imagination of Dr. Seuss.

The desert was as enchanting as ever. It awed with its alien landscapes that look like they belong on another planet. It surprised me with its extremes and the ability of life to adapt to a climate where heat and wind quickly strip away what little moisture there is. Even at its most beautiful, it reminded me of its fragility with stunning sunsets made more spectacular by airborne particulates from smog and starry nights blurred by lights from nearby cities.


Highlights from the trip include hiking the Lost Horse Mine Loop trail, hiking with April to Lost Palms Oasis and Mastodon peak in the same day, and seeing desert flowers in bloom. The cliché of listening to U2’s Joshua Tree album while in Joshua Tree still hasn’t lost its charm for me. I also had a cool sighting of what I think was a Prairie Falcon dive-bombing a pair of ravens. I thought ravens were acrobatic in the air, but this thing was flying circles around them while -literally- flipping the bird.

However, the best wildlife sighting of the trip can be seen here:


Can you find it?



2 Responses to “A Desert I-Spy”

  1. El Andy March 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    J-Tree has always been and always will be my favorite place on Earth. I am glad you got to spend a few days there. Truly amazing.

    p.s. i always sucked at Where’s Waldo books……

  2. aprilinautumn March 13, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Oh! Oh! I know! (although even having been there I can barely see it in the picture)

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