Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park encompasses two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado deserts. The park was initially created as a National Monument in 1936, elevated to a National Park in 1994. The higher, slightly cooler, and wetter Mojave Desert is the special habitat of the Joshua tree, a native of Southwestern North America. Desert vegetation,…
Death Valley cloud skyscape.
Death Valley, Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point is surrounded by a maze of wildly eroded and vibrantly colored badlands composed of sediments from Furnace Creek Lake, which dried up 5 million years ago. Source: Wikipedia and National Park Service
Death Valley, Devil’s Golf Course
Devil’s Golf Course is an immense area of rock salt pan eroded by wind and rain into jagged spires, located in the Mojave Desert. Source: Wikipedia and National Park Service
Desert Sky Sunsets
Death Valley sky at sunsets.
Death Valley, Mesquite Flat Dunes
Mesquite Flat Dunes, located in central Death Valley. The dune field includes three types of dunes: crescent, linear, and star-shaped. Polygon-cracked clay of an ancient lakebed forms the floor. Mesquite trees have created large hummocks that provide stable habitats for wildlife. Death Valley is surrounded by warped mountains of a visually diverse landscape of colors…
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park in California and Nevada, located east of the Sierra Nevada. Death Valley National Monument was declared in 1933 and the park was substantially expanded and became a national park in 1994. Colorful badlands, snow-covered peaks, beautiful sand dunes, rugged canyons, the driest and lowest spot in North America, and the hottest in…
Alabama Hills, California
The Alabama Hills are a range of hills and rock formations near the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada west of Lone Pine California. There are two main types of rock exposed at Alabama Hills. One is an orange, drab weathered metamorphosed volcanic rock that is 150-200 million years old. The other type of rock…
Succulent Greens from the Encinitas Retreat Meditation Gardens. Agave Attenuata Aeonium Undulatum, Agave Americana & Aeonium Arboreum
Sunset skies over the Pacific ocean.