Hiding in The Mojave

Today is just too beautiful to sit around the house like a couch potato so I hit the road early today. I made a stop at my favorite camera shop on Sahara Avenue and picked up a nice bag perfectly sized for my Nikkor 24/200mm lens so that I can carry both lenses while shooting. I used both lenses today.

The traffic in town is rather heavy but not too bad in the open desert which was nice, the weekends are too busy out there for me.

I wanted to get some closeups of Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels but saw none in Calico Basin, so I went west a few more miles to the Red Rock Scenic Overlook where I did get a few photos of them but they were really zoomed in so I’ll see how those look when I get to them. I did capture a large black bird in flight, that will be interesting to see how they look too. Today has been another great day behind the lens!

Wild Donkeys

Some of you will remember these wonderful totally wild donkeys that roam the Mojave Desert not far outside of Las Vegas. I believe they are the descendants of donkeys brought here during the 1800s, perhaps having to do with the gold rush, or perhaps families moving westward.

In any case, they’ve been running wild and free for many generations. In one photo, a donkey seems to be preening the back of another donkey, so cute.

I’ve seen people feed them before, and that’s not only dangerous but completely illegal too. Should the BLM rangers catch you, you’ve just earned yourself a three hundred dollar fine!

And that’s how it should be in my opinion. The same fine applies to feeding the wild horses that roam freely here too. Wild horses also roam free high in the Spring Mountains.

Big Views, Cacti and A Closed Play Area

Here’s another children’s play structure that has been locked down. I hate this damn virus, it’s stolen so much from all of us. Just don’t go playing around in the Barrel Cacti, children… The view of the foothills was taken from the upper deck walkway, looking west. The two-fifteen freeway is in front of those tightly-packed homes. That’s how we do it here, my home is very close to my neighbors on either side. Squish!

Walking Among the Beauty

It’s always very enjoyable to walk among the Joshua trees, Yuccas, and desert wildflowers. Stop, listen. What do you hear? The gentle breeze blowing through the trees? A distant bird screeching? Maybe you’ll see a few Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels scurrying about in search of a meal. And of course, watch out for any snakes or scorpions. Mojave Desert love! ❤️

Under The Mojave Desert Sun

This morning, I headed out of the city for the open desert. I visited the usual favorites and captured around thirty photos. I will start with this nice set with old sol flying high above, and a Joshua Tree directly in front of me. Never touch the end of those tines, you’ll bleed.

I really like how these photos turned out, I didn’t think that the 24-70mm lens could capture photos like this. By the way, I called the camera shop yesterday to inquire about the 70-200mm zoom lens for this newer Nikon Z6 body.

It is on backorder which I am not surprised, but I will pass on the lens as the darn thing will set me back $2600.00. Um, no thanks! If I were a professional photographer, then it would be worth the expense but for we amateurs, the cost is just too high.