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.

Z Is For the Zebra Shirt

Today the letter Z is for the zebra shirt I created. This A to Z Challenge has been about sharing things that caught my eye, and my art projects, so I decided to conclude the challenge with one of my favorite shirts. When I started making shirts with my own artwork I realized I had quite a bit of fun doing this, and that I was adding pieces to my wardrobe that I truly wanted to wear.

Some people will always complain that they have nothing to wear, but I like wearing shirts with my own artwork. Having your own sense of style is a good thing, and means you feel less pressure to look a certain way. I never really liked those shows where people tell others what to wear because I often thought the people who were put on those shows looked cute to begin with. However, that is just my take, and I like things that are not considered to be conventionally beautiful.

Wearing the zebra shirt, which has a reprint of my colored pencil drawing.

I Will Always Be A Child of The San Bernardino Mountains

The one place I will always feel the most connected to is the San Bernardino Mountains.  I grew up there, and even though I prefer living in the city, I do enjoy living close to where I can gaze up at the mountains each day.  Years ago when I lived out on the California/Arizona border, I missed seeing my traverse mountain range each day on the horizon.  What is a traverse mountain range, you ask?  As much as I love looking at palm trees in the Inland Valley, my heart will always be drawn aloft to the pines on the mountains above.

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Southern California Sunset Walk

 

Light on the hills in the distance.
Light on the hills in the distance.
Walking up the dirt path near dusk.
Walking up the dirt path near dusk.
Sunset behind Mount Baldy near seven o'clock in the evening.
Sunset behind Mount Baldy near seven o’clock in the evening.
Mount Baldy tinged with orange that glistens like a hallow.
Mount Baldy tinged with orange that glistens like a hallow.

Here is a video that shows a bit of Mount Baldy at sunset along with a crow flying aloft.

The orange tinged sky fading west towards the Pacific Ocean.
The orange tinged sky fading west towards the Pacific Ocean.
Palm trees in the foreground with sun tinged hills in the background.
Palm trees in the foreground with sun tinged hills in the background.
Overlooking an orange field from the small hill.
Overlooking an orange field from the small hill.
A slightly blurry picture of the pink flower I spotted on the walk.
A slightly blurry picture of the pink flower I spotted on the walk.
Another blurry photo of the pink flower.  Wish I had held the camera a bit more still.
Another blurry photo of the pink flower. Wish I had held the camera a bit more still.
Wild sunflowers have a rugged beauty their domesticated counterparts can never quite evoke.  I love all sunflowers, but the wild ones just have a beauty that harkens to me.
Wild sunflowers have a rugged beauty their domesticated counterparts can never quite evoke. I love all sunflowers, but the wild ones just have a beauty that harkens to me.
View of the San Bernardino Mountains.
View of the San Bernardino Mountains.
The peak of San Gorgonio peaking through the orange field.
The peak of San Gorgonio peaking through the orange field.
The outline of Mount Baldy against the light sunset.
The outline of Mount Baldy against the light sunset.
The silhouette of the wild sunflower in front of the outline of Mount Baldy.
The silhouette of the wild sunflower in front of the outline of Mount Baldy.
The view of Mount Baldy from a field.
The view of Mount Baldy from a field.
Mount Baldy from across the field.
Mount Baldy from across the field.
The little palm tree is so cute.
The little palm tree is so cute.
Zooming in on Mount Baldy.
Zooming in on Mount Baldy.
The entire outline of Mount Baldy.
The entire outline of Mount Baldy.
Bushes in a field in Southern California.
Bushes in a field in Southern California.
Palm tree with pink clouds behind it.
Palm tree with pink clouds behind it.
Mount San Gorgonio with palm trees in the foreground.
Mount San Gorgonio with palm trees in the foreground.

Palm Tree Necklace Rack

Palm tree jewelry rack that I created by wood burning palm imagery on it.
Palm tree jewelry rack that I created by wood burning palm imagery on it.

I took a wood coat rack and turned it into a palm tree necklace rack by woodburning images on it.  This rack is a cute and stylish way to store necklaces, and I love that I created a design for it myself.  Below is a video that documents how I created the pyrographic images on the necklace rack several years ago.

 

Walking Through A Southern California Field

Today I decided to take a walk through a field here in Southern California.

The field with a dirt mount in the distance.
The field with a dirt mound in the distance.
Approaching the dirt mound.
Approaching the dirt mound.
The dirt mound is getting closer.
The dirt mound is getting closer.

Here is a video showing a crow flying above the field.

Starting to walk up the dirt mound.
Starting to walk up the dirt mound.
Looking out a across the field to an old house in the distance.
Looking out a across the field to an old house in the distance.
Looking up at the sky above the field.
Looking up at the sky above the field.
Another photo with the crow flying above.
Another photo with the crow flying above.
Crow flying through the blue sky above.
Crow flying through the blue sky above.
Sunflowers growing on the dirt mound.
Sunflowers growing on the dirt mound.
More sunflowers growing on the dirt mound.
More sunflowers growing on the dirt mound.
Trees in the distance.
Trees in the distance.
Clouds wafting above the field.
Clouds wafting above the field.
This image reminds of something out of a Steinbeck novel, such as "Of Mice and Men"
This image reminds of something out of a Steinbeck novel, such as “Of Mice and Men”
Walking past orange trees.
Walking past orange trees.

A short video of the orange trees. This field definitely reminds me of imagery from a Steinbeck novel, back when California had many orange fields. I am still saddened by people cutting down orange fields to build more structures, especially when there are so many vacant ones scattered across Southern California.

Another view of the orange trees.
Another view of the orange trees.
Walking along the path with more trees in the distance.
Walking along the path with more trees in the distance.
Tree with spiky fruit on it.  I wonder what it is.
Tree with spiky fruit on it. I wonder what it is.
Spiky Fruit On Bush
The bush with the spiky fruit upclose.
Spiky Fruit Up-close
An amazing up-close photograph of the spiky fruit.
Pomegranates On A Tree
Pomegranates growing on a tree.
Pomegranate Glistening In The Sun
I love how the sun glistens off the hull of the small pomegranate fruit.