Favorite Travel Quotes

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
-- Mark Twain
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"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey." -- Fitzhugh Mullan

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu

Much Looking Required to Find Anza Borrego’s Spring Flowers

©Bert Gildart:  Yesterday, Janie and I hiked to an incredible area in the southern part of Anza Borrego Desert State Park looking for pictographs, which after several years of searching we finally found.  Don’t expect a detailed map to the area, but I will report on this  incredible Native American art form in my next posting.  Sadly, so many antiquities have been destroyed that various laws have had to be enacted to protect them.  Fines help  — and they have ranged in the thousands — and that is good, but money can’t restore defaced rock art.

While on the trip it was encouraging to see a few flowers starting to rear their lovely heads.  There has been so very little rain this winter that some are saying there will be but  few flowers this spring. And it is true, the flowers I show here were confined to areas  where the little moisture that has accumulated tends to collect, such as  in boulder fields and in protected pockets of south facing slopes.

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To make these images I used various techniques, which one must employ to  dramatize their beauty and intensify their color.  For the purple penstemon, I used two strobes; for the fish hook cactus, I blocked the sun using a broad brimmed out – else the plants would have been filled with contrasty light.  And for the yellow agave flower I used back lightening, which always seems to work well for plants that are colored yellow.

Because these are some of the first flowers of spring, it does suggest that other species will soon follow.  However, the presence of only a few  also suggests  that some  looking will be required.




*Spring Flowers in Death Valley


3 Responses to “Much Looking Required to Find Anza Borrego’s Spring Flowers”

  1. Karen Says:

    Hi Bert-
    The “Pages” index on the right is covering up much of the text of your blogs. Is there anything that can be done?

  2. Bert Says:

    Thanks, Karen, and I know generally what the problem is but don’t know if I’ve yet corrected it. About month or two ago, I started making pictures larger, which I should not have done. The problem could be easily corrected if I knew exactly which pictures I’d enlarged. I’ve tried to correct the ones that are obviously large, and may have gotten it — but will need a little monitoring for awhile while I continue to change those which I think are causing the problem. It’s not cut and dry.

  3. Karen Says:

    It absolutley seems corrected tonight…good work!!