Thursday, March 25, 2021

Majestic Desert Skies

 Last week, I took you on an adventure to an area I call Majestic Wash. It turned out to be one of my favorite recent hikes. My photo count was up to 27 with that post, which is a lot (even for me!). But I still had my hike-back-to-the-Jeep photos, and there are some good ones, so I'll share those with you here. Kind of a "Majestic Wash Part II" post, with the focus being desert landscape and sky.

Here's one I didn't share last week. While hiking along Majestic Wash, I came across this unusual rock formation. Dinosaur teeth? Picket fence?? I'll let you decide. I think geologists would really enjoy hiking in this part of Joshua Tree National Park. OK, let's move on to landscapes and skies!
 










It took me a long time to hike back to the car. Blame it on these beautiful skies!

Done, and still just a bit of light in the sky for this last photo looking east from Highway 62.
Happy Trails, and thanks for stopping by!
Linking with Skywatch Friday.



57 comments:

  1. Majestic is the perfect word for your beautiful photos of desert rocks, cliffs, and skies. Hope you have a great weekend Peter.

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  2. I'm no different in stopping to take a photo, 5th picture does it for me. I love the way the sun shines on the hills and the Uncertainty of what is behind them in the distance

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  3. Wow, I would kill for even one of these shots.
    We are going on a little outing to southwestern Oklahoma the week after next. It is kind of desert mountainous terrain and I am hopeful of getting some decent photographs.

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  4. The sky really does almost speak in these photos... I see symbols and shapes in each one. That dome-shaped rock is interesting ... we’re the picket fence ones near it? That’s a whole homestead ... a geodesic dome home and a fenced garden? (Evidently, the skies aren’t the only thing that triggered my imagination today.). Beautiful post. I’m glad you weren’t in a hurry to get back down to the car. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. The skies and jagged mountains make for some exciting photos. I did study geology many years ago but I've no idea what could cause those dinosaur teeth.

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  6. Wow, this is a gorgeous area and you have captured it perfectly. I prefer to think those are dinosaur teeth :)

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  7. This is a serie with some stunning shots again, Peter, great work!
    There are some fine but striking scratch-like streaks almost horizontally across that round rock in pictures 6 and 7. Do you have any idea how they could have been caused?

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Jan. Always appreciated! I'm not sure what causes some of the unusual erosion I see out in this area. I always assume rain (limited as it is) and wind play a big role. It would be fun to hike with a geologist some time. I'm sure I would learn a lot!

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  8. Great light and dark play also those beautiful colors and always in balance. Very nice.

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  9. ...once again fabulous desert images. The last one is the winner for me. Thanks for taking me along, I hope that we can do it again.

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  10. Love how that last photo draws us in...

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  11. Those images are stunning. I would so love to just go out there and look, but I don't think I'd enjoy the weather. Well, at this time of year it would be okay, but definitely not much closer to summer.

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  12. I do enjoy how you do the land scape (hills/mts/ etc) but the rounded rock with caves or holes is fantastic. Love it.
    Sherry & jack in a warm Florida finally!

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  13. Yes the majestic skies are highly tempting. I have experienced plenty of times. The monochrome with curly clouds is superb!

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  14. Wonderful photos! The black and white shot is remarkable.

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  15. this dramatic landscape looks absolutely fascinating. Beautiful captures.

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  16. These are some of your very best (of the ones I've seen)! The time of day, the angle of the sun really elevates these shots to true works of art!

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  17. #6&7 is my fav. Lovely (setting?) sun. And mighty fine cave (?). Add sleepingbag and you have a shelter for a night. Kinda looks like a alien skull.

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  18. Those are majestic desert skies! Have a great weekend.

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  19. Hello,

    Gorgeous captures of the sky and desert landscapes. The rock formations are cool. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  20. Incredible landscapes and beautiful skies. The dinosaur theet are special but I think I also saw a dinosaur egg :-) Is that a cave underneath ?

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    1. Thanks for your comment. If you are talking about the large "head" rock formation (photos 6 & 7), yes, that's a shallow cave or alcove (with two entrances that kind of look like eyes!).

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  21. The comparisons between the color and monochromatic versions were great with such incredible cloud formations. The walk back was worth your showing these captures, but then it wasn’t us who had that hike.

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  22. Beautiful streaked skies captured.

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  23. Dearest Peter,
    Wow, those were indeed fabulous sky- and landscape views!
    Hah, those 'teeth'... makes one wonder really.
    Thanks for sharing your photographic treasures.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  24. I'm impressed at how the front formations frame the more distant ones in the 2nd and 3rd photos. Striking composition!

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  25. Those rugged rock formations never fail to enchant me! And the skies... I am so glad I found your blog!!!
    Thank you!!

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  26. Love the colors of the one after the first black and white.That perfect straight row of stones, is it nature, or did someone build that? The skies are awesome on this trip, Peter!

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  27. Greetings and Salutations! Incredible photographs! Stay safe.

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  28. Amazing landscape and skies. Your photos show the beauty of the desert, incredible!!
    Enjoy your weekend and be safe.

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  29. I am always impressed with your intimate knowledge of the desert and its secrets, but it's time for a feature with Lilly! Give her big hugs from Canad!

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  30. Breath Taking Beautiful.
    I DO wonder about that "picket fence" rock image. There's got to be a good story, don't you think?
    Thank you for taking time to share.

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  31. Beautiful shots. The first photo is especially interesting and conjures up a lot of images. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  32. Desert skies are beautiful even in B&W. Like the big egg shaped rock with the openings. What do you call it?
    MB

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  33. The rocks in that first photo remind me of teeth, you sure do see some cool rock shapes there.

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  34. Awesome shots! Even those in B&W, although I am not a fan of it.
    The landscape you describe is unique and powerful.
    Wishing you a happy weekend and thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog.

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  35. I like the way you compose your photos - some of the results are surreal, especially when seen in black and white. Thanks for sharing them :)

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  36. Very beautiful photos! I love the dinosaur teeth :)

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  37. Your ongoing coverage of the desert is nothing short of remarkable, and I suspect that a visit is made even more agreeable these days when you are able to escape the worries of COVID. Big hugs for Lilly!

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  38. Great skies and interesting rocks too.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  39. Love the open highway photo!

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  40. Love all photos ! It's a very beautiful wild landscape !

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  41. If it wasn't for the bitumen road I'd say you were on a different planet SPP, amazing images ✨

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  42. amazing views.... look like from another planet.

    Excellent shots

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  43. Some people look at deserts and see nothing. You look at deserts and see magic!

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  44. these are beautiful. i've been to joshua tree one time, a few years ago. i need to go again!

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  45. Muy buenas las fotos que has captado de este maravilloso lugar.

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  46. The fourth pic is my favourite.

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