Tag Archives: Joshua Tree

A MEADOW EMERGES

Scene from Wednesday morning’s daily dawntime run thru the local wash. All the fall/winter rain has given us a spring superbloom: wildflowers and other vegetation are in an abundance I haven’t seen since moving here in 2010. Prairie-like. Follow me … Continue reading

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LUCKY CHARMS

Starting to see this hyperviolet desert wildflower — Nama demissum, or “purple mat” — up around here. So pretty.

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WILDFLOWER POLLEN SHOE

You go for a walk right now and this is what you get: wildflower pollen shoe.

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SNOW DAYS, 2019

Sorry to get out of order, date-wise. Here’s some photos from Feb. 21-22, 2019, when we experienced our first substantial snow storm since we started living here full-time in 2010. Oldtimers say the last time it snowed like this was … Continue reading

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OUT OF BRUMATION

First wild desert tortoise sighting of the season! Probably dazed and enthused over all the vegetation — it’s the most verdant spring we’ve experienced since we started living here full-time in 2010. Chomp chomp.

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SITTING PRETTY

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ANYTHING FOR THE MONARCHS

Behold! Rush Milkweed (Asclepias subulata; verified on iNaturalist), uncultivated, growing in our ‘yard’ near the house, fed by greywater. In this region, this variety of milkweed is of prime benefit to the stupendously gorgeous Western Monarch butterfly; monarch caterpillars can only … Continue reading

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HOW THE TRUMP SHUTDOWN AFFECTS JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Park Superintendent David Smith: “The campgrounds and park will stay open per directions from the Administration, but no staff will be available to check visitors in or charge fees. … All visitor centers and restrooms will be closed and all … Continue reading

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THE KITCHEN GARDEN OUT BACK

Takes some doing to get set up but yeah it is totally possible to grow vegetables in the desert in the wintertime. Whole lotta arugula. Plus carrots, beets, pole beans, speckled lettuce, potatoes, mugwort (!) and other stuff. Radishes have … Continue reading

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NOTHING BEATS NATURAL WATER

This Texas sage by our house went into full Rose Parade float mode as a direct consequence of a late October rainstorm. Nothing beats natural water.

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