I posted this image today primarily to show some of the key elements of the rocks and vegetation in the park.
In addition to the Joshua Tree which we have already discussed, there are two other very important desert plants. The plant in the center that appears to be completely "dead" is actually not dead. It is a "Black Bush" (coleogyne ramosissima) and is an important neighbor to the Joshua Tree and other plants and animals. The golden colored bush on the right is the creosote bush (larrea tridentata) This is a very common desert shrub. It has been utilized by the indians down through the ages for various purposes.
Now, if you look closely in the rock to the left and the pointed rock in the upper right-hand corner of this frame, you will see lighter colored lines or "veins" running in a somewhat perpendicular line through them. These "veins" are actually quartz. An amazing site is enjoyed, especially in the larger mounds, as these veins of quartz extend, in some cases, for hundreds of yards across and through the rocks. Unfortunately, I have no images of these longer strands of veins, so this will be put on my "to do" list for the next visit.
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire