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Photo of the day 4/24/11 – “Foreign Landscape”

“Foreign Landscape”

Even after having been to seven other National Parks in the past three years, Joshua Tree National Park took me be surprise. Perhaps much of the reason so was because nearly every part of it was foreign to me. No evergreens, leafy trees, or anything remotely recognizable from where I live or the other National Parks I’ve been too.

About the photo:
While I botched up the shot, I still included here as it still gives a sense of the place, and it reminds me of my experience. This photo was taken at the end of what is probably a pretty untypical day in April; it was in 50’s with on and off light sprinkles to a steady rain. It should have been in the 80-90’s and probably clear. So to get this shot with the sun peeking through the dark clouds behind us it probably pretty lucky.

April 6, 2011
In celebration of National Parks week

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Photo of the day 4/21/11 – “Tribute”


I had never been to any National Parks or Monuments before I set foot here. I read about this place and it put it on the ‘to see’ list, but not on the ‘must see’ list. And surely I didn’t know at the time how it would change my life. It was this place that created my love for the National Parks and a new found respect for nature and preservation. If I had been to such a place at a younger age, I may well have chosen a career to be able to work in such a place. And if I can hack it when I retire, I know I’ll be working to preserve places like this.

This place is hard to photograph because everything is so close. So while I don’t have any great photos of it, I still chose an image of this place today because it is National Parks week, and because it is the birthday of this National Monuments namesake.

This incredible place is named after a person now coined as the “Father of the National Parks”. A former Wisconsinite, he set out to follow his dream of exploration and study of plants after being blinded for six weeks following a factory accident. It was he who convinced President Teddy Roosevelt to protect Yosemite (including Yosemite Valley), Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as National Parks.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.” -John Muir

Muir Woods National Monument, California
September 11, 2007
In celebration of National Parks week, and his birthday today

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Photo of the day 4/7/11 – “Hanging in the Cold”

“Hanging in the Cold”

While it seemed to be a top news story all week that it was going to be in the fifties and windy, that forecast didn’t stop a bunch of windsurfers from catching the waves.

I was just happy to get a decent shot after getting ambushed with blowing sand and salt-water mist for a half-hour.

Torrey Pines State Beach, La Jolla, San Diego, California
April 7, 2011

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Photo of the day 4/6/11 – “Rare Rain”

“Rare rain”

With an annual rainfall total of just over four inches a year, and only .1 of those occurring in April, we had what I think is a rare opportunity to experience Joshua Tree National Park in the rain today. We got wet and dried off several times, but got soaked about a quarter way in to our two mile hike to Lost Horse Mine. I took a minute on the way back to grab this shot though.

Joshua Tree National Park, California
April 6, 2011

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