Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wild Ride in Joshua Tree!!

I'm trying something new for this post. Never posted a video before, and based on feedback I've read on other blogs, I'm not very confident that this video will post correctly. But only one way to find out! 

The newer iPhones (and likely other phones as well) make taking video a snap. I'm old enough to remember how hard it used to be to take decent videos... all the gear needed, the expense, etc.). So easy now, and the icing on the cake is that, with a simple push of a button, I can choose between standard video, slo-mo video, and time-lapse! How cool is that!! So here's a time-lapse video taken as I was driving up the road to Keys View in Joshua Tree National Park. It's a little wild, so buckle up!

video


Here's what Keys View looks like from the top.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dust Storm!

I won't call it a haboob... it wasn't that big of a deal. But look how incredibly quickly the sky changed. I took the photo below on Friday (7/17/15) at 6:45 PM. Those rocky hills in the background are the northernmost border of Joshua Tree National Park, and that thunderhead cloud was growing quickly. Thunderstorms were predicted, and hopefully rain was on the way!
Thirty minutes later (7:15 PM) I took the shot below. In this short period of time the skies had gone from blue to yellow-brown, the wind had kicked up, and although there was no immediate rain, the smell of wet creosote was in the air.
Three minutes late (7:18 PM) my phone started making a weird beeping noise. Here's the screenshot from my phone:
Like I said, it really wasn't a big deal. I didn't notice a huge amount of dust in the air, although the sky certainly looked unusual. I decided to use the strange light (the sun was almost blocked out, although the photos don't do it justice) to take some granddaughter silhouette shots.





Using a texture and Photoshop, I doctored these up a bit to give them a more eerie, otherworldly look...


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Monday, July 20, 2015

Used Car Shopping

Yard art out in the desert is common. There are some very creative, artistic people in the area (unfortunately, I don't fall into this category!) that take yard art to the extreme. When I discovered a big salvage auto yard out in a hidden corner of my desert town of 29 Palms, I got the bug to go shopping. 
Lilly at the salvage yard.

This old black car reminded my wife of one she owned back in the day!

Hmmm... this old stakebed pickup looks interesting!

OK, we've picked out our yard art car of choice. Let's see if we can negotiate a price and find somebody to haul it over to our place!

After a little arm-twisting, I talked the tow truck driver into driving up on the soft sand on my property. I promised him he wouldn't get stuck, and he didn't!

TaDa!!!  I'm the proud owner of a new (to me) yard art GMC flatbed pickup truck. First choice would have been the "flatbed Ford" from the Eagles song, but this is close enough! No pink slip necessary! Looks good out on my desert property, too. Just seems to fit right in!

My granddaughter approves...

Fun times! 
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