Thursday, November 28, 2013

Lilly's First Visit

We took my Granddaughter out to Joshua Tree National Park last weekend for her first visit. Although only 14 months old, she loved it! Thankfully, she seems to enjoy anything having to do with the outdoors, regardless of weather conditions. She's a real trouper!
It rained all day Friday. Rain in the desert is something to be celebrated! Before going into the Park, my wife put Lilly in the stroller for a ride. Everyone was ready to go except the chihuahua... can you see her tugging on the leash in the photo above? She didn't like the idea at all, but once underway, she seemed to enjoy it.
Still not technically in the Park, but very close to the north border, I put the stroller in 4WD and took Lilly out for a walk. The sky was impressive... if there is a Skywatch Friday post this week, I will link to it! (there may not be due to the Thanksgiving holiday).
Above I am introducing Lilly to a desert homestead cabin. She seemed less than impressed, but hoping she will be as fascinated as I as she grows older!

It was a great day for photography, and it has been a while since I was able to get out and take some photos. The fog was drifting in and out of the area followed by brief glimpses of blue sky, so every photo is a little different. I used Photoshop to add a little texture to most of these photos, which helped bring out the sky.

Wishing you a great Thanksgiving holiday and Happy Hanukkah!  Click on Skywatch Friday to check out interesting skies from around the world!!

35 comments:

  1. You paint a great picture of the desert and have taken some great photos of the place. Good to see your granddaughter enjoyed herself but how do you get a fourwheel drive from a three wheel stroller ;))

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  2. Lilly is sweet! Nice visit to the park and even the dramatic sky looks wonderful. Great series, thanks for sharing. Have a happy weekend!

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  3. i'm loving the ones where she got parked in front of a good photo op. :) so cute!!!

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  4. Love the dramatic moods of the sky and the placement of Lily in front of the sky. Great shots!

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving! Lilly is really smiling in the second pic! Am curious, what tool of "filter" (my guess it is filter?) of Photoshop do you use to get this sky effect? Thanks for writing me back:)

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  6. Very well done. I'm glad your grand daughter likes the outdoors. That will serve her well. She is lucky to have somebody like you to take her on adventures like this.

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  7. Your shots look a lot like the old linen postcards. Very effective and made more charming by Lilly's presence.

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  8. Lovely shots. Grandchildren are wonderful!

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  9. Beautiful post! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  10. You are in such a gorgeous and expansive place for those stormy skies.

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  11. Fabulous photos - great landscape there. Perhaps Lilly will think of the little cabin as her playhouse as she gets older - what a great place for a kid to visit.

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  12. We have photos of every rainfall in the three years we lived in the the desert (Brawley) - as you say - a thing to be celebrated.

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  13. Awesome Skywatch photo! It's fun to see Lilly ~ so cute!

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  14. Wonderful Desert skies and I'm sure little Lilly enjoyed her day out with Grandma & Grandpa.
    Happy Thanks-Giving.

    "All Things French"
    "Adelaide and Beyond"

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  15. Wonderful rainy day photos! So Cal really welcomed that nice slow rain last week, we too a couple from Australia to Disneyland in the drizzle and not one of us minded being out in the damp, it felt great.
    As always the your captures of Joshua Tree are lovely!

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  16. Wonderful post and photos.. Love your header

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  17. What a great day out - amazing shots.

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  18. beautiful series… she's adorable!

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  19. So wonderful light in your photos!
    http://foto.rudenius.se

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  20. You captured the scenery very well! Gorgeous!

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  21. Very beautiful - rain is certainly something to enjoy in dry parts of the world.

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  22. Happy Thanksgiving to you!! The shots of Lily next to the things you love to photograph are so special. Precious little girl. Glad you got some much-needed rain as well.

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  23. She sure likes the outing in the nature. Wonderful images.

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  24. Good idea to get that little girl out in nature at a young age, she'll only appreciate it more as she gets older. Nice drama in the photos!

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  25. Nothing like starting them out young to enjoy being with you regardless of what you are doing. I think your entire presentation was great.

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  26. Looks like it was a great outing. I really love your photos: the details of the depth of field and composition are astounding. Not to mention the colours.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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  27. Great pictures - get them out there early I say!!

    The 3-wheeled pushers are great - but we are past that stage now! (the next person who will need one is me!!)

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne.

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  28. Great seeing that moody weather in the desert. Beautiful pix, especially with the little one enjoying it all!

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  29. I love the scenery!!! Likely the dog was just objecting to not being the centre of attention, or something...

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  30. Awesome skyshots ... love your work with them!

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  31. Sorry I just got around to your posts. I suffered a concussion while at school...something involving one of my students playing soccer and both of us ending up on the ground! POW! KABAAM! Anyway, I've been negligent in getting to your blog. Beautiful desert photos! I want to get back to Joshua Tree...maybe during my 3 weeks' winter break! Take care. Our granddaughter is 8 months now and she LOVES the Living Desert here in Palm Desert.
    ~~Cheryl Ann~~

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