With old buddy, Kim...
...and new buddy, Anji. Can I call her your fiance? Whut's that, Kim?
The extent of the day's physical activities.
It's amazing what you can do with a desert when you add water.
Venus and the moon set among the palms.
Checking in back home, I got permission to stretch my time another night on the road. Saturday afternoon I headed into Joshua Tree National Monument via the Berdoo Canyon 4-wheel drive road. I didn't find the canyon to be particularly scenic though it was a surprisingly quick journey into the heart of the area.
These whimsical plants provide a variety of photo-ops.
It's just parched bushes on a rocky hillside of basalt.
The road to Keys View passes through a dense and mature stand of Joshua trees.
Keys View rises almost a mile over the Palm Springs Valley. This evening there are some two dozen folks waiting for the sunset. This composition is a voyueristic theme of mine; photos of family photos. I don't know who any of them are but the two young women are with a group of 20-year olds...their conversation indicates some disadain for freshmen and they do a light-hearted rendition of "America the Beautiful." The two women also played model for the designated photographer of their group, a lucky young man given the combination of pretty faces and golden light.
It's a bit disconcerting to realize that the cloud bank on the horizon is actually a blanket of smog blowing over from Los Angeles. But, hey, you take what you get.
Dramatic 'mares tails' fly in the sky above.
It's only a few moments from this photo to the next...a dramatic storm cell has developed far to the south. The Salton Sea can be seen in the basin below.
Not bad for a hand-held shot.
That's it for Joshua Tree...by morning, and after a couple of rest stops, I was 300 miles east waiting for the morning light of an Arizona sunrise.
Arizona did not disappoint.
Morning glory (sacred datura) grows by the wayside.
It's said to be a potent narcotic, but also a deadly one.