The View From Old Woman Springs Road

Old Woman Springs Road is officially known as state route 247, but the more descriptive name is like listening to a story. I have read it was called this because the  surveyor Colonel Henry Washington encountered elderly Native American women near the springs that run along this route.

View From Old Woman Springs RoadThe view on the drive from Lucerne Valley to Joshua Tree was quite scenic.

View From Old Woman Spring RoadThe slideshow below is a visual of the drive along State Route 247 on day in late September.

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The video shows the drive on SR 247 to Joshua Tree.

Annie The Manx Cat

Annie The Manx CatAnnie the Manx cat is a tuxedo cat with adorable white paws.

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Below is a video of Annie the cat walking around her garden in February of 2016. Next week the garden is going to be spruced back up for spring, but at the moment it is dormant, except for a bountiful rosemary bush growing within its confines.

 

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.