I caught a glimpse of the crescent moon this morning as the sun was coming up behind it. Only a week ago I was watching the moon rise, just past full, over the desert. It made me think about how Time passes and Life happens. The James Taylor song Secret o’Life popped into my head. Give it a listen here. Enjoy the day.
I’m headed home after a wonderful weekend with two lovely ladies that I wish I had kept in closer touch with over the years. But, thankfully, we picked up where we left off – and then some. It was a really great visit. I’m looking forward to all the others. 🙂
We visited Joshua Tree National Park yesterday, drove the entire length of the park, from south to north, and stopped to explore all of the varied terrain and plants. The park is ruggedly beautiful, and marks the intersection of the Colorado Desert and the Mohave Desert.
We had a blast. And took a bazillion selfies. I’ll share some photos, but also wanted to share this cool interview I found this morning…. it’s 10 minutes long… of Steve Averill, the guy that designed and photographed the album art for U2’s album The Joshua Tree, which is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. I think this guy has my dream job. 🙂
A fine example of the namesake of the park, said to look like Dr Seuss trees:
Amazing rock horizons:
Skull Rock, spooky!
Another peek from beneath the rocks:
I love exploring new places, and I love hanging with my girlfriends. A perfect day.
We returned last night after our extended Eclipse 2017 trip; we took the opportunity to visit family in the area while we were up there. We drove 19 hours straight across five states, and got home a little after midnight. We wanted to get home to check on things, given Hurricane Harvey’s arrival the night before. I’m thankful that the only bad thing so far is that our power is out. I’ve no idea how long it will take to restore. But it’s not a big deal for us; it’s nice to be home.
This is a view of the sunset from the highway outside Dallas last night. I’m praying for the folks on the Texas gulf coast and southeast part of the state.
We spent the weekend on the lake — floating with Marty & Sue, and doing some boat chores. I got up at 1 AM and 3:30 AM early Sunday morning to try to see meteors from the Perseids shower, but didn’t spot any. We went for a fun sail late on Sunday afternoon in some good north winds. The cold front that they brought in will drop our temps into the frosty mid-nineties for a change this week. 🙂
I checked out a Purple Martin Party tonight – a spectator event coordinated by the Travis Audubon Society. Every Friday and Saturday night in July, from 8-9:30pm, people gather on the lawn outside the Texas Land & Cattle restaurant to watch tens of thousands of purple martins roost at sunset. These guys are done nesting and breeding and are on their way south to complete the annual migration cycle of life. They tell me that by the end of the month there may be hundreds of thousands of them.
How can one possibly photograph this event? Here is one shot I took, a small portion of the overall scene. Can you count them?
While hiking at Pedernales Falls this week, I brought my camera along. I wasn’t really birding, but I was keeping an eye out for them. We saw a number of species of birds. This one was a lifer for me – a mississippi kite. I am really surprised this turned out, the bird was at least 200 feet away, way atop a dead, scraggly tree. The sky was very overcast and the light was flat. After severely cropping and adjusting the exposure, I like how this one turned out. The kite is a cool looking bird.
A bird’s eye view of downtown Austin from last night:
If you look close, you can spy the UT Tower, at least one moon tower, Darrel K Royal Texas Memorial football stadium, the Capitol building, the Erwin Center, the brand new Dell Seton Medical Center at UT, Frost Bank building, Austonian tower, Congress Street bridge, Long Center for the Performing Arts….. and lots more. The skyline seems to change just about every day.