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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: MULTIPLES

Don't they look incredibly phallic?! (well it makes sense, they are the sex organs of the plant!)  Cholla cactus flowers in Anza-Borrego, San Diego County.

Don’t they look incredibly phallic?! (well it makes sense, they are the sex organs of the plant!) Cholla cactus flowers in Anza-Borrego, San Diego County.

Massive twin Jeffrey Pines, fused at the base, in the El Dorado National Forest in the Sierra Nevadas.

Massive twin Jeffrey Pines, fused at the base, in the El Dorado National Forest in the Sierra Nevadas.

In Yosemite National Park.

In Yosemite National Park.

Barrel cactus with multiple flowers, Anza-Borrego.

Barrel cactus with multiple flowers, Anza-Borrego.

Tons of sea anenomes clinging to a rock at Kehoe Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore.

Tons of sea anenomes clinging to a rock at Kehoe Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore.

Of course I saved the best for last, check out this AMAZING video I took off the coast of San Diego of WILD dolphins putting on a show for us!!

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

Pictorial Highlight: WHITE MOUNTAINS

The White Mountains are an incredible place, home of the longest-living trees on the entire planet–the stunning ancient bristlecone pines, who routinely live for over 4,000 years; the oldest known individual is Methusaleh, at about 4,700 years!  The mountains exceed 10,000 feet in elevation Yet few people–even Californians–know about these mountains.  So many amazing things though, even aside from the wondrous ancient trees….rocks and geology, stunning views of the Sierra Nevadas across the Owens Valley, many marvelous plants, including gorgeous cacti and their flowers….enjoy!

The twisted, gnarly nature of the ancient bristlecone pines like this one speak to their unbelievable age and hardiness.

The twisted, gnarly nature of the ancient bristlecone pines like this one speak to their unbelievable age and hardiness.

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The "Butthole Tree" (unofficial name)

The “Butthole Tree” (unofficial name)

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Claret cup cactus and its gorgeous flowers.

Claret cup cactus and its gorgeous flowers.

Rainbow cactus.

Rainbow cactus.

Eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevadas in the distance.

Eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevadas in the distance.

The beautiful colors and textures of a fallen bristlecone.

More gnarled trunks.

More gnarled branches.

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Clutching at the heavens....

Clutching at the heavens….