{POTD} Summer Stock Sunday #7

Sometimes cooling off in your own back yard just isn’t good enough.  There are times when you have to venture into the city or in our case the next village over to find some relief from the hot days of summer.   This photograph was taken last summer at the water park in Joshua Tree.  You can cool off with buckets on water being dumped from overhead or as my son demonstrates here in this picture, you can cool off your shorts from below.

Cooling off in the desert.

Cooling off in the desert.

{POTD} Skywatch Friday

Well today I have been recovering from my crazy day yesterday.  It was my daughter’s 16th birthday.  To celebrate I took her and two friends to Disneyland.  They had a great time while I was poolside with my son at my prnts house.  The drive home at one in the morning and then doing a few chores when I got home {taking out the trash cans for pick up} really took it out of me.

I have seen a few bloggers I subscribe to participate in a theme called Skywatch Friday.  I decided to participate this week since I actually had some recent photographs of the sky.  I walked outside the other night just as the sun was setting and ws able to photograph the moon rising out over Joshua Tree National Park.

{POTD} Monochrome Weekly

For Monochrome Monday I offer up this framed joshua tree for your viewing pleasure.  If you would like to view other monochrome photographs, then click on over to Monochrome Weekly’s home or if you would like to submit one of your own for our viewing pleasure.

{POTD} 59th Place

59th place ain’t first place but it’s not last place either.  A few weeks ago I entered a Photography Challenge over at the Digital Photography Review website in the Deserts category.  Yesterday afternoon when my son and I returned from our trip to the Library, I had an email telling me that my Entry received 59th Place.  I was just over at the website reviewing all the other entries and realized that there were only 66 Entries total.  So I may not have won the voters over with my photograph this time, at least it was good enough not to be the one the voters liked the least.

The Trail of the Joshua Tree

The Trail of the Joshua Tree

If you haven’t already entered my First Giveaway to celebrate July Birthdays, click on over to learn how to enter.  Entries will be accepted until July 8th at Noon.  Well that does it for me tonight.  I am off to go get some much needed sleep as we have a holiday weekend before us and lots to do.  I hope that everyone has a scent-sational Fourth of July.  Be safe!

{POTD} There are Thirteen of them actually

My friend Thorne wrote a blog post today about 13 ideas for Creavtive Upcycling.  After reading this I headed over to Thursday 13 to see what this day was all about.  Then the inspiration came to me.  13 things I love about the desert in pictures.

#1

Desert sunrises

#2

Desert sunsets

#3

Kids can make their own bike ramps from dirt

Kids can make their own bike ramps from dirt

#4

Living space between neighbors - far and wide open

Living space between neighbors - far and wide open

#5

Plenty of room for my son to ride his bike

Plenty of room for my son to ride his bike

#6

I can visit Joshua Tree National Park anytime I want to

I can visit Joshua Tree National Park anytime I want to

#7

Strange growings on

Strange growings on

#8

More strange happenings

More strange happenings

#9

Yellow blooms on cacti

Yellow blooms on cacti

#10

Pink ones too

Pink ones too

#11

And dont forget the red blooming cacti

And don't forget the red blooming cacti

#12

It Snows!

It Snows!

#13

i {heart} the desert

i {heart} the desert

So there you have 13 reasons I love the desert.  Now show me your Thursday 13!

Monochrome Weekly

As I was completing my Blog Rounds man I feel like a doctor saying that I came across a pretty cool Themed Blog.  Naturally it was about photography which I absolutely love but this one is just for monochromed pictures.  As soon as I saw this I thought of some of the pictures I took this past Sunday at Joshua Tree National Park.  So for those of you visiting from Monochrome Weekly, I welcome you.  And for those you are not you are most welcome as well this is a perfect time to get in on the action.

Designed Tree

Designed Tree

Picture of the Day 5/30/09

Yesterday was amazing.  Out of nowhere pops a desert monsoon.  The Morongo Valley doesn’t usually see these type of storms until July usually.  I love these storms!  My kids think I’m a freak because I will go out in justabout any kind of weather with camera in hand.  Guess I should have been a storm chaser.  Note to self for second life.

So here I am out in my yard before it starts raining when out of the corner of my eye I see a flash of lightning, and then one of the largest booms of thunder I have ever heard in my life.  This storm was right over my head.  I could feel the ground shaking.  Practically scared the crap out of me.  I loved it!

So enough of my ramblings.  Here ‘s my Picture of the Day.

Desert monsoon

Desert monsoon