E Is For Exercise And Hiking

Today the letter E is for exercise and hiking here in Southern California. One of my favorite areas to explore is the San Bernardino Mountains, which has many trails.

The sky was cerulean blue during the hike.
The sky was cerulean blue during the hike.
Looking down on the hillside with chaparral and boulders.
Looking down on the hillside with chaparral and boulders.
A view of Hesperia on a hike in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A view of Hesperia on a hike in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The granite rocks have stripes.
The granite rocks have stripes.

These are just a few of the images to be seen when hiking on north side of the San Bernardino Mountains. I especially enjoy looking at the stripey granite boulders.

D Is For Deer Tracks

On a recent hike in the San Bernardino Mountains I spotted deer tracks in the dirt.

With a ski pole used as a hiking stick is useful for pointing out deer tracks.
A deer has two cloven hooves, which are visible in the tracks left behind.
A deer has two cloven hooves, which are visible in by imprints on the ground.
The deer prints are headed in one direction.
The deer prints lead one direction.
The deer were headed towards a small pool of water that formed after the rainstorm.
The deer traveled towards a small pool of water that formed after a recent rainstorm.

 

C Is For The Little Creek

Today the letter C is for a little creek I spotted during a recent hike up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

A small creek filled up after a recent rainstorm. a log has fallen across the creek, and trees are reflected in the water.
A small creek filled up after a recent rainstorm. Also, a log has fallen across the creek, and trees are reflected in the water.
Creek In The Mountains
Senecio douglasii bushes in the foreground with reflections of trees in the creek.
A small creek runs under the crossing bridge.
A small creek runs under the crossing bridge.
Another view of the fallen log over the small creek.
Another view of the fallen log over the small creek.
Another view of the stream running in a north-western direction.
Another view of the stream running in a north-eastern direction.
Looking down on the rocks inside the creek, with bushes growing in and around it.
Looking down on the rocks inside the creek, with bushes growing in and around it.

 

 

 

 

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 theĀ  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.