Saturday, March 26, 2016

Anza Borrego Four Wheeling March 13, 2016

My good friend Frank took me out to the desert for a day trip. I really appreciate his willingness to take me out there. He knows his way around amazingly well in Anza Borrego. I always have a great time when we go. I really needed this day trip. It was good for my heart and soul. It was an absolutely beautiful day. 

Our friend Mark convoyed with us in his truck. Since we are all photographers, we took many photos

This next photo shows the strangest thing in the sand. It looked to me like some type of animal feet. I found it intriguing. The dune was smooth and then this pattern was on the ridge. If anyone has an idea of what this is, or what causes it, I'd love to hear it. It struck me as very odd.

What is a trip to the desert without some cool cactus photos?

This time of year, if you are lucky you'll find some cool wildflowers too.

The elusive Five-Spot below!

Mark getting the low angle on the Sand Verbena

Heather and Mark lead the way back down the trail

It was fortunate we visited when we did because there was a huge number of caterpillars and they were devouring the flowers fast and furious.

Mark tries to count them all. Just in this small area, I believe he counted 40 or 50 and that was just a very small area. These guys were all over in large numbers.

Time to wrap it up and head home. Frank and Mark discuss the plan.

We pulled over to check out the cows on the way home.

It was a beautiful day trip and a gorgeous day in the desert with great friends. There are many more photos of the day, more scenery and flowers than this post would suggest here Anza Borrego 2016

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Fremont Street Experience

The Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street is an interesting place to visit at night with all the neon flashing bright and the colorful characters to go with them. The start of the Fremont Street Experience is bright and flashy as you would expect. You'll find the fanciest Denny's in the world I believe. The cover over the street is constantly changing color and content. The further down the street one walks, the place kind of falls into a seedy creepy place. Homeless people laying on the sidewalk corners, some passed out against the buildings, the bright lights start to get further apart. Suffice it to say, I knew when I wanted to turn around. I brought a tripod but didn't end up using it, just too much fuss for a venue like this. My sister and brother-in-law walked the 3 miles back and forth with me. I think we all had a good time, my poor sisters blistered feet notwithstanding. If you would like to see more, I have uploaded more photos taken on this night to a gallery you can view here.