Category Archives: Nature

Travel Theme: GLOW

At Children's Pool in San Diego (check out the glow on not just the water, but the rocks, too!)

At Children’s Pool in San Diego (check out the glow on not just the water, but the rocks, too!)

The near-incandescence of a CA poppy.

The near-incandescence of a CA poppy.

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Taken with a terrible camera, but I just love the subject and the GLOW!

Taken with a terrible camera, but I just love the subject and the GLOW! (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA)

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Point Reyes, CA

 

Thanks Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack for another great theme!

Pictorial Highlight: DEATH VALLEY (2/3)

This one features lots of panoramic-type shots 🙂

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Lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin (282 feet below sea level), with my first rattie angel, Ronnie Lee aka Fatty <3

Lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin (282 feet below sea level), with my first rattie angel, Ronnie Lee aka Fatty ❤

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Death Valley Sand Dunes!

Death Valley Sand Dunes!

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Amazing sedimentary layers at Aguereberry Point, pushed up on one side so they're tilted at a diagonal by tectonic plates.

Amazing sedimentary layers at Aguereberry Point, pushed up on one side so they’re tilted at a diagonal by tectonic plates.

The salt-encrusted valley floor at Badwater Basin, looking down from Dante's View.

The salt-encrusted valley floor at Badwater Basin, looking down from Dante’s View.

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Eureka Valley Sand Dunes, Northern Death Valley region.

Eureka Valley Sand Dunes, Northern Death Valley region.

 

Travel Theme: PINK (2/2)

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Another great theme from  Where’s My Backpack  =)

Ocotillo flowers!

Ocotillo flowers!

Sunrise's pink-washed mountains next to the Borrego Valley.

Sunrise’s pink-washed mountains next to the Borrego Valley.

 

More of Anza-Borrego's stunning geology and colors.

More of Anza-Borrego’s stunning geology and colors.

 

At San Fran's Pet Cemetery. You can build the fences, but you can't stop the flowers from growing.

At San Fran’s Pet Cemetery. You can build the fences, but you can’t stop the flowers from growing.

 

Some of Eastern Oregon's spectacular Painted Hills.

Some of Eastern Oregon’s spectacular Painted Hills.

 

What would a pink-themed post be without a sunset? Point Reyes National Seashore, CA.

What would a pink-themed post be without a sunset? Point Reyes National Seashore, CA.

Travel Theme: PINK (1/2)

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I don’t hesitate to say pink is one of nature’s most dynamic colors. It comes in so many forms and variations, and appears in so many different ways; e.g. in flowers, with sunsets, in geological formations . . . nature’s pink hues are seemingly endless. Here are just a few! Thanks to Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack for the lovely theme =)

Dramatic rainy sunset in Sonoma, CA.

Dramatic rainy sunset in Sonoma, CA.

Some of the seemingly infinite amazing geology in the desert southwest, this just outside Zion Nat'l Park in Utah.

Some of the seemingly infinite amazing geology in the desert southwest, this just outside Zion Nat’l Park in Utah.

One of my favorite cactus flowers: the gorgeous beavertail.

One of my favorite cactus flowers: the gorgeous beavertail.

More stunning geology; this one's just northeast of the Grand Canyon in Southern Utah.

More stunning geology; this one’s just northeast of the Grand Canyon in Southern Utah.

Start with a sunset, end with one--it's only fitting for PINK! This amazing scene presented itself to me on the north shore of Mono Lake (that's a tufu tower on the right), reflecting its magical colors onto the surface of the inimitable, salty inland sea.

Start with a sunset, end with one–it’s only fitting for PINK! This amazing scene presented itself to me on the north shore of Mono Lake (that’s a tufu tower on the right), reflecting its magical colors onto the surface of the inimitable, salty inland sea.

I can’t resist–like I said, too much breathtaking pink beauty in the natural world. Part 2/2 coming soon!

Travel Theme: GARDENS

There’s nothing in the world quite like the wild gardens nature can produce when simply left alone! Here are just a few lovely samples. Thanks Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack for the theme! If you’re wondering about flower type or garden location, just ask in a comment! =)

 

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