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.

By The Soft Glow of The Orange Candle

The orange candle with translucent wax starting to run down the cylinder.

In the modern world, candles are considered more of a decoration, or a source of illumination during rare power outages. However, I also love the artistic feel of soft candlelight, so I decided to photograph my orange candle in a dark bathroom when I took a break from dusting yesterday. I had actually been dusting my candles and crystal candleholders and realized how seldom these are burnt, so I decided to do an orange candle photoshoot.

The orange candle sits in a crystal candle holder, which reflects the light.
In this photograph, the candle appears almost red.
The purplish blue hue of the flame is apparent in this photograph.

Today I am becoming more interested in candles than I have ever been previously, and I am even considering making a candle out of a real orange. Stay tuned to see if I do it.

 

 

 

Power Lines In The Desert

Usually, I just photographed the more natural side of the desert, but sometimes I do capture the artificial parts of the landscape.

Today a friend mentioned how one desert scene I captured looked more industrial, and that was part of the reason I did not post it at first. I feel like only the beautiful nature scenes are worth posting, but the manufactured components in the desert have been there decades before my birth, so I always grew up looking at the large pylons connecting power lines between the mountains and the desert. As a kid, I used to think of large pylons as wearing long full skirts and funny large hats.

The beauty of the boulders, chaparral, and hills are still clear juxtaposed the metal power lines.

Ducks At Grass Valley Lake

Two American Pekin ducks swimming along at Grass Valley Lake.
The mallard ducks floating on the lake.
The head feathers of a duck are tousled by the wind.
The ducks are standing on the solar light island with water shimmering all around.
A closeup of the ducks on the solar light island.
Many ducks are swimming along the shimmery water.
Zoomed out view of Grass Valley Lake, with the little ducks visible on the water.
Another view of the ducks on Grass Valley Lake.
The two American Pekin ducks swimming in the distance.
One of the white ducks has green on its bill.
The orange flipper of a duck is visible through the water.
Ripples of water all around the American Pekin ducks as they paddle along.
The white duck on the right is sticking its bill in the water.
A view of the American Pekin ducks from the back.

It was quite difficult to film the ducks with the gusty wind gushing into my face since I forgot to bring a jacket on my walk, but I did put together a short video.