Joshua Tree National Park (IR)

California USA, 3 October 2016

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We are in Cottonwood Spring in Joshua Tree National Park.

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We see the autumnal yellow of the leaves and sometimes white leaves protesting against environmental indignities.

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Deep in the grove is a fiery furnace of localised volcanic activity.

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You can tell the person at bottom left comes from Colorado because he is turning yellow in sympathy with the leaves of the trees.  This is due to long-term deciduous exposure.

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The leaves become more orange as the day warms up.

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… then more yellow due to a sudden cool breeze.

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We’re now in the desert with the ocotillos..

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The ancient spirit of a sky snake hangs in the sky.

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The local authorities have helpfully planted a sign showing which way is up.  This is puzzling for some.

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You might have noticed it’s a desert and quite dry.

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One day many years ago, triffids rained down.

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But it was a desert and no good for them so they turned into teddybear chollas.

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Because it’s so arid they usually don’t move much at all, except sometimes a little in the wind.

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You might be tempted to cuddle up in bed with a nice teddybear cholla but beware, it might turn into a triffid.

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We are now approaching Jumbo Rocks.

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It’s much safer to cuddle up with a rock.

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And here we have a Joshua Tree in full autumn colours.

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in the foreground we have a Joshua Tree with an identity crisis, trying to be a palm.

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The rocks are actually ancient fossilised Mojave Indian spirits.

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We are now in Hidden Valley and this may be the headquarters of the Mojave spirits.  They provide psychiatric assistance to Joshua Trees with identity crises

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The plants here are all Joshua Trees.  Some of them are very confused.

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The spirit snakes are also very active in the sky in this area.

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OK, these are all infrared images.  So what does that mean?  Well, human eyes have a range of visible colours that can be expressed as combinations of red, green and blue.  Below that is infrared and above that is ultraviolet.  Many animals see outside our spectral range.  One of my cameras has a modified sensor that records infrared, red and green but not blue.  (You can also do this with most normal digital cameras but it requires using an R72 filter and a tripod).

The image out of the camera is basically orange but this hides the potential for other colours.  I then use software to hit the image with a virtual firehose to assign and modify colours.  My last infrared post I processed using complex processes in Photoshop and I processed each image quite differently.  Since the images in this post are more homogeneous, I decided to apply similar processing to them all.  I used a more simple process just in Lightroom, though using channel-swap profiles I had created in Photoshop.

Jumbo Rocks and Hidden Valley

California USA, 3 October 2016

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We continue further through Joshua Tree National Park.

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The first half of images in this post are from Jumbo Rocks.

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There is a campground nearby.

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The rocks are granite, originally created many eons ago by volcanic eruptions and subsequently smoothed by water during immersion in an inland sea.

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Not so much more to say so I’ll mainly let the images speak for themselves….

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If you look closely, you might see a sign on the right.  It is a Keep Out sign.  This is after all a fragile desert environment.  During the Government shutdown in 2019 and the early impact of COVID in 2020 when the rangers were absent but the park was still open, there were many instances of vandalism.  These included illegal off-roading, creating new roads, cutting down the rare Joshua trees and excessive littering.  The park was subsequently closed and hopefully better control will be maintained in future.

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We have now moved on further and this is Hidden Valley, featuring here a magnificent specimen of a Joshua Tree.

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If you look closely on the right side of the rock (perhaps you need to click on the image for a larger size) you will see there is a person climbing it and another below him.

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A somewhat mangy coyote near the car park.

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And back through the park and on a main road again.

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For some reason, the images from this day (this post, the last one and the next one) have all been lost and recovered.  Perhaps it is from when I had two disks in my PC and one in my Drobo backup fail in a week and found there was a hole in my backups.  Though that would affect presumably more than one day.  In any case, the images were all lost until I later realised it was possible to recover full-sized jpegs from Lightroom previews (using a Jeffrey Friedl plug-in).

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Cottonwood Spring and Teddybear Chollas

California USA, 3 October 2016

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Today we left Salton City and the Salton Sea, and headed north and slightly west to the Joshua Tree National Park.

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We are still on the way there here.  The Salton Sea is in the background to the south and this is a farming area where they are irrigating the desert, using water ultimately from the Colorado River.

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Definitely desert, but also the lines of irrigation sprays.

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This is nearby, the opposite side of the road facing north, not quite in Joshua Tree National Park as yet.

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Now in Joshua Tree National Park, this is Cottonwood Springs, a strategic watering place for travellers in the nineteenth century.

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I think this is probably the Great Basin Fence lizard.

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You can see how large the California Palms are by the walker at bottom left.  You may need to click to a larger image to see that properly.

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Desert views inside Joshua Tree National Park.

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An Ocotillo.

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We stopped at a place near the road where many Teddy-bear Chollas (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) were growing.

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Teddy-bear Chollas.  Nice cuddy plants to curl up in bed with.

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(More from Joshua Tree National Park in the next post).

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Salton Sea and Joshua Tree NP.

Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA, 1 October 2016

Temporary post. Images only. Not even image descriptions.

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This has been my last temporary post on the trip to Mexico, Guatemala, California, Cuba and the Caribbean.

I will return to make final posts in some months.  Before that I will make the final posts for the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Atacama Desert.  Currently, though, I am only posting once each week because I am otherwise occupied.  Last weekend I went down to Sydney as official photographer at the Sydney Blues Festival and I now have 3,700 images to process from that.  The weekend after next, I am leading a Canberra Photographic Society photographic excursion to Point Hicks in Victoria, to one of the lighthouses I photographed in 1987 and to the surrounding coastline.  I will also make a few posts in the near future from those and from a visit to the Sculpture Garden at the Australian National Gallery in Canberra.

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