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Travel Theme: FOLIAGE

Joshua Tree.

Wildflowers and cholla cacti in bloom, Joshua Tree National Park.

Bigleaf maple leaves among the coast redwoods.

Douglas-fir needles and cone.

A perrenial favorite of mine–the wondrous ocotillo plant, Joshua Tree N.P.

Yosemite National Park; I **think** this is a Jeffery Pine, although it’s essentially impossible to tell them apart from Ponderosa Pines without seeing the cones (then it takes about a second!)

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

Travel Theme: RED

Red–passion, blood, iron oxide, a lack of chlorophyll in the case of the Snow Plant, and this week’s travel theme from Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack? blog.

Death Valley.

The magnificent ocotillo plant, this individual flowering in Joshua Tree National Park.

Stunning geology and iron oxide and sedimentary stratification in Red Rock Canyon State Park, in the northern Mojave Desert of California.

Snow Plant in Yosemite National Park; they apparently “supplement [their] nutrient intake by at least partially parasitizing the roots of pine trees by means of a shared mycorrhizal fungus.” (Info found HERE)

Seqoiadendron Giganteum individual in Sequoia National Park, with me for frame of reference. The most voluminous trees in the world.

Travel Theme: Silhouette

This week’s travel theme on Ailsa’s terrific blog   Where’s My Backpack  made me think of some nice nature (of course) silhouettes I’ve taken in the past.  Here are a few of them, hope you enjoy!

This was taken from my porch when I lived in Mendocino County in a tiny, middle-of-nowhere, off-the-grid cabin; my favorite place I’ve ever lived!

This is in far northwestern California; when I parked at the side of the road to sleep in the back of my pickup, I saw these lovely painted clouds with silhouetted trees in the foreground.

Joshua Tree National Park; one of my very favorite pictures I’ve taken (which is why it’s my RewildWest avatar!!)

This is an unmodified shot from the Marin Headlands looking down into the Golden Gate; something about all the red of the bridge and lights tinted the fog that color! It was dark out, so my shutter stayed open for about 6-7 seconds. I like how the natural silhouettes of tree and cliff contrast with the man-made bridge and boat!