An Ethel Among Mermans (thornwolf) wrote,
An Ethel Among Mermans
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Easter in Joshua Tree - Part 1

skorzy and I have been planning a trip out to Joshua Tree to see the spring blooms all year, after missing them last year due to an early summer. The blooms weren't AS impressive as they could have been, but it was still nice to get out of the house.

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First we went to the Desert Lily Sanctuary. We went there last year with vantid and the place was awash with butterflies and horn worms, but sadly the butterfly explosion hasn't happened yet. Still, we saw lots of desert lilies! Interestingly enough, INSIDE the sanctuary itself we didn't see a single one (but used the opportunity as a good excuse to test out the new car's AWD, so, all was not lost) but just outside the sanctuary on the sides of the road, lilies everywhere.
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We stopped at McGoo's convenience store for a snack and a drink. This painting I guess is supposed to be Mr. Magoo but for being a blind old man he's sure doing a good job at pointing in the right direction!
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Talked to a local who mentioned that there were 200+ desert lilies on his property and that he sees a lot of "lily folk" coming out this time of year. Sadly, he also told us that they had recently built a motocross racetrack near his house, that he had come out to live there 20 years ago for the peace and quiet and now all he hears is BZZZT BZZZZZZZZZT VROOM BZZZZT!

The roadside was littered with purple and yellow flowers, so even though it wasn't a color explosion, it was still nice to see some life in the desert!
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Bug identification plz! Saw this little guy escaping the wind and hanging out in this flower. He didn't seem to care that I was there.
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Not certain what this flower is, but they are HUGE. Bigger than a softball for comparison. *EDIT* Okay. It's Jimson Weed. LOL! I've heard of it but never knew what it looked like. Now I know, thanks twilightsocks!
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Then we saw one of these yellow flowers poking out, and couldn't figure out how it was growing in there. "That's impossible!" Skorzy said. "Maybe it's parasitic and somehow grew into the plant" I said. "Or..maybe someone just put it in there!" Skorzy: *takes yellow flower out of big flower, no roots*.... "Oh. Okay then." DUMB!
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Another bug identification please! I saw one of these last year. They're pretty fast, and kind of click when they walk on the sand.
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Next up was the ocotillo cactus patch. These things are huge! Take a look for yourself. The car is only about 5 feet behind this cactus, so no real forced perspective here.
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Also...hurrrrrr..
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More photos to come!
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