April, 2011

Apr 11

Anza-Borrego State Park–Borrego Springs Church

Photograph of a church in Borrego Springs, CaliforniaAn attractive church in Borrego Springs, California. February, 2011.

Apr 11

Anza-Borrego State Park–Culp Valley

Photograph of boulders and cactus in Culp Valley in Anza-Borrego State ParkCulp Valley is only 9 miles from the Palm Canyon campground but it is 3000 feet higher in elevation. Cactus and Mojave yucca are sprinkled among the tilted slabs and rounded granite boulders. The wind was steady, cold and fierce in February.

Apr 11

Anza-Borrego State Park–Sunset Light Rays

Photograph of crepuscular light rays in Anza-Borrego State Park in CaliforniaCrepuscular rays of sunlight stream through clouds above the peaks that surround the Palm Canyon campground in the Anza-Borrego State Park. Sometimes called God Rays, they seem to radiate from a single point and often stream through gaps in clouds.

Apr 11

Anza-Borrego State Park–Palm Canyon Trail

Photograph of Flowers in the Anza-Borrego State ParkThis is from the first portion of the Palm Oasis trail in Palm Canyon, looking back toward the valley floor. The large clump of red flowers is the Chuparosa plant, and the tall plant in the backgound is the Ocotillo.

Apr 11

Anza-Borrego State Park–Palm Canyon Campground Road

Photograph of a road and mountain in Anza-Borrego State ParkAnza-Borrego is the largest state park in California with 600,000 acres. It is about two hours south of Palm Springs. It is home to the Desert Bighorn sheep. The park was named for Juan Bautista de Anza, the Spanish explorer and for the Bighorn sheep, Borrego, in Spanish. This was sunrise in the Palm Canyon campground.

Apr 11

Joshua Tree National Park–Cholla

Photograph of cholla cactus in the Joshua Tree National ParkSeveral acres of cholla cactus in the Colorado desert portion of Joshua Tree National Park. This cactus is known as the teddy bear cactus because, from a distance, the spines give it a soft and fuzzy appearance.

Apr 11

Joshua Tree National Park–Mojave Yucca

Photograph of boulders in the Joshua Tree National ParkGround water erosion of cooled magma created these land forms in Joshua Tree National Park. The rounded forms seem to take on a human shape. This was taken early morning at the Jumbo Rocks campground. Converted to black and white with Silver Efex Pro.