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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
No trip to Death Valley would be complete without a visit to Scotty’s Castle.
The castle is well above the valley floor at an elevation of 4000’. It is still plenty hot in the summer but not as hot as Furnace Creek.
The interior is kept dark, all the curtains pulled to protect the fabrics. Flash is allowed but I found I liked the effect better if I increased the ISO to 1600 and didn’t use flash.
The “castle” didn’t actually belong to Scotty and he didn’t live there, but he did have a room of his own. The owners of the “Castle”, Albert and Bessie Johnson, provided him a home elsewhere. Scotty would come to the Ranch to entertain the Johnson’s visitors with his tall tales.
They enjoyed entertaining and the large dining room shows they could feed quite a few.
There were four or five bedrooms, another indication that they liked to entertain as they had no children.
Above the daybed is displayed a small part of Bessie’s collection of native baskets. I like the drop down desk.
Beautiful tile work and pottery is found through out.
The music room must have been a favorite with visitors. Behind this screen was a pipe organ.
Friday, April 23, 2010
There was lots of Desert Gold and the bright yellow color could be seen for quite a distance.
The Yellow Cups were not as abundant.
I saw only a few clumps of this pretty little daisey.
There were several purple/pink varieties blooming.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
They danced in the sky like ballerinas. Flying one way they looked black, almost lost to view.
Then they would turn and catch the sun, their bodies white and the wingtips black. I thought they might be snow geese. I hated to leave, it was a beautiful sight, but we still had a long drive ahead.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
It is home to one of nine pupfish species and subspecies, each one evolved and adapted to a specific environment. These environments were isolated from one another as the area dried and the pupfish evolved to suit their new environments, some hot, some cooler, some very salty. Will we be as able to adapt and survive as a species if our environment goes through such dramatic changes?
What's Jules looking at?
An example of what happens when the water disappears. The Devil's Golf Course and the salt flats in the Badwater Basin are the result of eons of mineral laden water that flow into Death Valley from the adjacent mountains but have no outlet to the sea. The water evaporates in the arid climate leaving the salts behind resulting in the vast salt flat and these salt formations. Click here for a more detailed explanation.
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Monday, April 19, 2010
We decided to try again to go to Death Valley before it got too hot. A late season storm caused us to delay our start until mid-day. With no chains for the van we had to wait for chain controls to be lifted in the Sierra.
It was beautiful Spring weather in the Sierra foothills.
As we rose in elevation, things changed. It looked more like Winter. The road was snow free but there were some light flurries still falling.
(yellow arrow points to sea level)
Death Valley had Summer time temperatures. It was definitely shorts weather with high temperatures in the mid nineties!
We got out early to view the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.
We waited until late afternoon to go to the Harmony Borax Works.
Mid-day found us hiding under the awning of the Roadtrek. There was a nice breeze so it was fairly comfortable. The dominant flower was the Desert Gold Sunflower and if you stayed in your car that was all you would see. Of course, we didn’t stay in the car and I will show you some of the other flowers in a later post.
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Sunday, April 18, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Climbing on the dogwood is a clematis, as the dogwood starts to fade the clematis comes into full bloom.
More watery sights can be found at Watery Wednesday, hosted for us by 2sweetnsaxy.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Their preferred prey is voles, which we have in abundance in the open area and in our gardens. I'm always glad to see the Harriers and the Egrets which also feed on voles!
I also spotted this Rufous Hummingbird the other day. Our usual resident is the Anna's Humming bird. I think the Rufous was migrating through as they are more common in Oregon and Washington. A very aggressive little guy, he was chasing my resident hummers. He doesn't play nice.
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Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The site is now a California State Park.
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
He seems to be giving me the eye.
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