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Joshua Tree - Pt 2

Me with our palatial tent. This thing had vaulted ceilings and track lighting.


Cholla cactus, also known as "jumping cactus". Nothing says "BACK OFF" like this stuff, man. Brush up against this you'll take the whole thing with you. Naturally I had to test it out with my bandanna. Didn't work out so well though, you see, its vision is based on body heat...kind of like Predator. However for my troubles I did get smacked pretty badly with "cats claw" Acacia. That's what I get for tempting nature.

This rock reminds me of those delicious bread loaves you get at Outback Steakhouse.


Scale reference

More to come!

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doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: October 13th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Amazing! Yes ... probably that's the same kind of rocks I found on the Elephantine Island ;)
It's a wonderful area, I've never something like that; Those plants are pretty "strange".

... And those petroglyphics are wonderful!!!! =D
They seem pretty big too; do you know where I can find more informations about them?
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: October 13th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah! ... I was in point to forget:
You look wonderful!!! =D Your smile is priceless! ;)
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 13th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw why thank you :) I have a lot to smile about lately, and getting out of the house and adventuring with friends always puts me in a good mood.

About the petroglyphs, I'm still searching but what I've found already, the reason they're so vibrant is because this cave was used as a backdrop for a film in the 60's but the director didn't think that they stood out enough so he had the crew paint them up a bit. As you can see they're carved into the rock but as I noticed when I was there they are far too vibrant for supposedly being so old and exposed to the elements, and the colors (particularly the light seafoam green) didn't seem like a pigment you'd find in the area.

If I had to guess it might have been done by either the Cahuilla or Serrano tribes, just based on local information, as there's cave shelters used by these tribes in the surrounding area.

Oh and since you asked, this is what Barker Dam looks like when it actually has water in it.


Edited at 2008-10-14 01:06 am (UTC)
reyfox From: reyfox Date: October 13th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Better get out your tiny umbrella in case that boulder falls.
shoomlah From: shoomlah Date: October 13th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
UGH WOMAN I am jealous. Awesomeness.

sabarika From: sabarika Date: October 13th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want to have AWESOME adventures! I'm jealous! Glad you're having such a good time!
arbeywolf From: arbeywolf Date: October 14th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
and your rock loaf has already been partially sliced for you ;)
westly_roanoke From: westly_roanoke Date: October 14th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I like your new usericon.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 14th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
How kind of you to notice. :3 Thank yew!
westly_roanoke From: westly_roanoke Date: October 14th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
No worries!

It's called a 'glory' (in case you're curious about how light bounces and the certian names for it...)
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 14th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh! In this case its also called "Photoshop" *giggles!*

I went with the whole "halo of bullets" thing and went a little crazy ;3

I like taking pics of my own shadow though. I have tons I just...never post them.
calicatmerlin From: calicatmerlin Date: October 14th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the cholla cactus. It's one of the more beautiful cacti common to the Mojave and Sonora deserts.
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