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Joshua Tree National Park

A giant Joshua tree with the moon overhead.
A giant Joshua tree with the moon overhead.

Here are a few more images for Joshua Tree National Park that I am just now uploading.

Here I am standing on boulders at Joshua Tree.
Here I am standing on boulders at Joshua Tree.

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Above is a short slideshow of the amazing boulder formation at Joshua Tree National Park.

Here I am taking photos at Joshua Tree National Park.
Here I am taking photos at Joshua Tree National Park.
The silhouette of a Joshua Tree near a boulder formation.
The silhouette of a Joshua Tree near a boulder formation.
A Joshua tree is directly behind me.
A Joshua tree is directly behind me.
In nature boulders are not always organized, which is the beauty of it all.
In nature boulders are not always organized, which is the beauty of it all.
This vertical image shows the magnitude of the boulders.
This vertical image shows the magnitude of the boulders.
Joshua trees and bushes in the foreground, with more Joshua trees in the distance.
Joshua trees and bushes in the foreground, with more Joshua trees in the distance.
Part of a Joshua tree next to a large boulder.
Part of a Joshua tree next to a large boulder.
The tip of a Joshua tree with a large boulder formation in the distance.
The tip of a Joshua tree with a large boulder formation in the distance.
The Joshua trees grow all around the boulder formations.
The Joshua trees grow all around the boulder formations.
The Joshua trees in this cluster almost look like a group of tourists taking pictures.
The Joshua trees in this cluster almost look like a group of tourists taking pictures.
Joshua trees go way up into the hills.
Joshua trees go way up into the hills.
Joshua trees near boulders.
Joshua trees near boulders.
Late afternoon sunlight on the Joshua tree.
Late afternoon sunlight on the Joshua tree.
Little bushes growing in between the cracks of a boulder.
Little bushes growing in between the cracks of a boulder.
Trees growing near the boulders.
Trees growing near the boulders.
A valley filled with Joshua trees.
A valley filled with Joshua trees.
The pointy leaves on a Joshua tree in foreground.
The pointy leaves on a Joshua tree in the foreground.
A baby Joshua tree in the foreground, with an elder Joshua tree just beyond.
A baby Joshua tree in the foreground, with an elder Joshua tree just beyond.
Joshua trees near the upright boulders.
Joshua trees near the upright boulders.
Here I am looking at an object to photograph.
Here I am looking at an object to photograph.
Posing for the camera with the Joshua trees in the background.
Posing for the camera with the Joshua trees in the background.
Various shapes of large boulders.
Various shapes of large boulders.
The place where two large boulders meet.
The place where two large boulders meet.
Jet stream in the sky above Joshua Tree National Park.
Jet stream in the sky above Joshua Tree National Park.
Various shades of colors on the boulders.
Various shades of colors on the boulders.
The boulders all all stacked up.
The boulders all stacked up.
Looking through the Joshua trees.
Looking through the Joshua trees.
Erect rocks and Joshua trees.
Erect rocks and Joshua trees.
In the afternoon at Joshua Tree.
In the afternoon at Joshua Tree.
Joshua trees and vertical boulders.
Joshua trees and vertical boulders.
Two rocks in between boulders look like two little eggs.
Two rocks in between boulders look like two little eggs.
A Joshua tree silhouetted against the boulder formation.
A Joshua tree silhouetted against the boulder formation.

Opossum On A Wall

I am not sure why I am petrified of opossums, but I have to admit zooming in on this one freaked me out a little. From what I have read they are mostly docile and rarely carry rabies, and after a few minutes of photographing the opossum, I became a bit more mesmerized by him. Am I finally overcoming my didelphiphobia? No, I am still not a major fan of this marsupial, but apparently, they are helpful for killing slugs and other bugs in your garden. So their nocturnal antics might have a silver lining.

Sometimes cats sit on the brick wall, but Thursday night I an opossum was looking down at me.
Sometimes cats sit on the brick wall, but Thursday night I an opossum was looking down at me.

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The opossum’s eyes glow in the dark like a dog and cat. Also, I noticed there was some moisture dripping of the nose of the opossum, but that is natural.

The reason the eyes of some animals like dogs, cats and opossums have eyes that glow in the dark is because of tapetum lucidum, which is a reflective feature that helps certain species see better at night. Sorry, humans do not have this capability unless they are zombies.

Snow On Mount Baldy As Seen From The San Bernardino Mountains

The view of Mount Baldy through the pine trees in the San Bernardino Mountains
The view of Mount Baldy through the pine trees in the San Bernardino Mountains
There is some snow on the peaks of Mount Baldy.
There is some snow on the peaks of Mount Baldy.
A sugar pine and coulter pine tree are in the foreground with Mount Baldy in the distance.
A sugar pine and coulter pine tree are in the foreground with Mount Baldy in the distance.

 

Silhouette Of A Tree Branch Over The Moon

I captured the silhouette of a tree branch over the full moon.
I captured the silhouette of a tree branch over the full moon.

I captured this image during the supermoon on November 15th. I took several dozen photos of the moon during a half-hour period of walking around, and this image is evocative of a spooky autumn night. The silhouette of the leaves are reminiscent of the wings of a bat.

The Pacific Band Tail Pigeon

The Pacific Band-Tail Pigeon
The Pacific band-tail pigeon is sitting on an oak tree branch.

Yesterday I spotted a Pacific band-tail pigeon in an oak tree up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The Pacific band-tail pigeon has broad shoulders.
The Pacific band-tail pigeon has slate colored feathers and broad shoulders.
The band-tail pigeon has a white stripe along its neck.
The band-tail pigeon has a white stripe along its neck.
A distance view of the Pacific band-tail pigeon on an oak tree.
A distance view of the Pacific band-tail pigeon on an oak tree.

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The Pacific band-tail pigeon also has a slightly darker band on his tail.

Sun Shining Off Irina The Cat

Irina is looking directly at the camera.
Irina is looking directly at the camera.

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I got some photographs of Irina the cat grooming herself. Her red ribbons are next to her, which are her toys.

The sun shining off Irina’s fur is quite striking in the morning light.