{POTD} Wordless Wednesday

Walking about the neighborhood some time back, I came upon this empty lot and my eyes were drawn to the “Keep Out” posted on the joshua tree.  My first thought was that there was nothing there to go in to.  And then it dawned on me that the birds who call that joshua tree home must have posted it.  So there you have it, my Wordless Wednesday, complete with about 100 words or so.

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{POTD} Thursday’s Thirteen

This week seems to be moving along rather quickly.  And the temperatures keep climbing this week as well.  First thing Wednesday morning, I turned on my computer, programs started self-loading and suddenly I hear a clap of thunder.  My weather center was telling me there was an alert for my area.  Yep, more hot weather was settling over the western deserts.  No surprise there.

On Tuesday, my son and I ventured to the local water park {with camera in hand} and here are a few favorites {thirteen of them actually}.







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{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} 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!

Tag: I’m it!

This morning a blogosphere friend of mine, Carletta from Round the Bend, was Tagged with a challenge.  Here is the challenge:

Your Mission, should you choose to accept it:

1) Go to your photo files…Select the 6th photo folder

2) Select the 6th photo in that folder

2) Select the 6th photo in that folder

4) Then challenge 6 blog friends to do the same!

It’s one o’clock in the morning, so sure, why not take on a new challenge.  First I reviewed Carletta’s photograph and read her story.  Then I went digging into my digital files to find the sixth photo within the sixth folder.

Homeage to the fallen joshua trees

Remembering the fallen joshua trees

The story behind the photograph.  Ever since I took up the camera back in 2002 I have had a fascination with the many fallen joshua trees that can be found throughout the Mojave Desert.  They age in a unique way that I find captivating.  The smoothness of the trunk stripped by mother nature of its bark.  The fine hairs that cover the trunk.  A hollow core surrounded by the rings of the trunk.  Each and every joshua tree tells a story.  And now that I think about it, I recently read a blog post stating that the infamous tree pictured on the album cover of U2’s “The Joshua Tree” now lay fallen in the spot where the photograph was taken.  I believe I will have to search out this location and photograph the fallen joshua tree myself.  Perhaps this will turn into a photography essay project.

Well I must thank Carletta for passing this challenge onto me and unknwingly inspired me to do more storytelling.  And now I pt before you, my readers, this same challenge.  Please leave a comment so that I may visit your blogs and view your sixth photograph within your sixth file folder. 🙂

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