In this setting you are looking very charming. Two beauties are intimately united.
Thank you Andrej for all your votes and a kind comment. The lake made for a nice background here and it is so wast that its is possible to take photos like that from many different summits in the area.
By the way, I have a bandana identical to yours. Even the color is the same.
Happy taking all these awe inspining photos.
Thank you Marc. Turquoise is a great color and so are the other shades of blue. I see from your profile image that you like them too. Cheers.
and great pose. You even captured the Mojave Desert's signature plant, larrea tridentata. I like them so much that I bought a really little one and planted it in front of my house here in Henderson. Now it's 10 feet tall. Oops.
Thank you. Wow, 10 feet high. It's a lucky bush. It must be getting much more water than the ones in the desert. We have a mesquite tree and it is beginning to get out of control and taking over the front yard as well. Cheers.
I checked last night, and it's actually only 8 or 9 feet high, but it's wider than that, and I had to trim it to make the walkway clear for Halloween kids! The plant is really no bigger than many of the ones in nature, including some really impressive ones I've seen near Badwater Road in DV. Mine probably grew faster, though, because I gave it water when I first planted it. But I quickly removed the artificial water supply after it was established because I want it to grow naturally, with its only water coming from rain.
Unlike saguaros and joshua trees, obviously creosotes do quite well in this part of the Mojave (low, dry) without any help. My house is at 2100 feet here in Henderson, so I do hand water my pet saguaros and joshua tree (all planted from seeds, indoors in Michigan, in 1996, but planted outside in the ground now).
I imagine you need to cover your Saguaros for winter.
I planted some joshua tree seeds over 10 years ago. Only one plant survived till today and it is still pretty small. It gives you an appreciation how old the really big joshuas in the desert must be.
I have about a dozen pet carnegia gigantea, and I have to cover them with towels up to a couple dozen nights from December to February, depending on the winter. It's kind of a pain. In 2007, I was gone for 3 weeks (for Aconcagua), and Henderson had some low 20s, upper teens maybe (colder than our Base Camp at 14400 feet, where I was, haha), but the saguaros were not damaged, surprisingly. They are about a foot tall.
My pet yucca brevifolia is about 3 feet tall, and, as you implied, doesn't need protection from the cold in Henderson, in contrast to the saguaros. I have seen joshua trees growing above 7000 feet in the Inyo Mountains.
Yes, the big joshua trees must be very old, especially the ones with huge tree-like trunks, but I don't know how old. I just know that big saguaros can be 200 years old. They don't even grow their arms until about 65 to 75 years.
and you gotta LOVE those hardy desert plants.
(If I could vote five more times on this
photo, I would!!!) -Larry
Be it the ocean, the desert, the mountains, I enjoy them all. Keep the grins and pictures coming, they will brings grins.
Thank you Jerry. Loved your shots from Devil's Tower.
Happy and safe climbing!
for been the photo of the day!!!
Pants match the lake.
no other picture illustrates so well the pleasure of being in the mountains !
Thank you for the nice comment.
Greetings from the desert,
I wish I could lay down upon the summit of a
mountain, and get this many votes. Incredible!!
I love how Lake Mead shines in the background.
...and keep on smiling:-)
to dip in that bowl of water behind you?