At long last, I am finally getting around to posting the last set of photos from my trip to the Mojave National Preserve. These were taken in Caruthers Canyon, one of the higher elevations in the preserve, accessible via a very rough dirt road. It's also one of the wetter parts of the preserve (relatively speaking--it is a desert, after all), which creates conditions for some different plant life. There are honest-to-goodness forests there, with Pinion Juniper trees growing upwards of 12 meters. The area is also known for fascinating and seemingly impossible rock formations.
This was my favorite part of the preserve, so I was disappointed that my knee injury limited my time and access there. From what passes as a parking area, a hiking trail extends for over two miles, but I was barely able to begin it. And the entire area is designated as wilderness, so one is free to roam anywhere on foot. I was also disappointed that many of my photos turned out more documentary than artistic. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to go back someday. Here I'll show the best artistic photos and the most interesting of the others.
A view of the mountain that forms a side of the Canyon, a short walk from the parking area.
My favorite of the impossible rock formations that I saw.
A broader view of the same formation.
Looking down into part of the canyon--not terribly deep, but still interesting.
Another view from the same area.
My most artistic photo of the series. This was right near the two previous photos, though the scenery looks vastly different, especially in B&W.
All taken with a tripod-mounted E-410, 12-60 SWD, and polarizer. Enjoy!
- Hal -