Prickly Poppies / Panamint Dunes

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Prickly Poppies / Panamint Dunes

Post by blackturtle.us » Sun Apr 05, 2009 1:35 pm

I've never seen so much prickly poppy in bloom in one location as I did this last week at Panamint Dunes. In fact, half the pictures I include in my report are of prickly poppy! There was also gilia, sand verbena, lilac sunbonnet, spectacle pod, and a few others in bloom. Eremalche was close to blooming and there was also some keysia that was getting close too. Last year I hiked to the top of the highest dune and along the main crest of the dunes. This year I circumnavigated the dunes which made for a longer hike. In a few places it looked like there was a lot of Native American chipping activity going on. I'm not sure why this location would have been a site of that kind of activity. TRIP PICS: http://www.blackturtle.us/DV_SITES/LAKEHILL/index.html

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Post by reptilist » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:25 pm

Very nice composition!

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Post by John Hardison » Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:16 pm

Wow! as Rep said "Very Nice Composition" This I believe would make a great HDR photograph too

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Post by blackturtle.us » Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:26 pm

Thanks for kind compliment John Hardison and reptilist! But I've gotta say when in beautiful surroundings, you can pretty much point your camera in any direction and wind up with a nice composition!!!

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Valley Of Fire

Post by Plays In The Dirt » Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:25 pm

I just shot these at the Valley Of Fire which is down the street from my house. The cactus and flowers are starting to bloom, and with a backdrop of outstanding rock formations and colors it's a great place to visit this time of the year.

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Post by reptilist » Sat Apr 11, 2009 2:57 am

Nice!

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Re: Prickly Poppies / Panamint Dunes

Post by Plays In The Dirt » Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:25 am

reptilist wrote:Nice!
Thank you. I see that we keep the same hours - LOL. I'm in the process of making the transition to night shift so I tried to stay-up all night. Unfortunately it didn't work. I'm certain that you are familiar with that.

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Post by reptilist » Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:33 am

I'm on an 8d x 10hr schedule followed by 6 days off. Normally I get up at 4:30 in the morning, but yesterday and today I had to get up at 3:30 am to lead a tailgate safety meeting....Ug, it's kind of painful getting up this early!
I've stayed up all night before and that is way too painful for me anymore!
I'm at work now.

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Post by Plays In The Dirt » Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:53 am

Shift work does not make me a happy camper, especially at my age. But I'm very thankful to have employment - many don't.

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Re: Prickly Poppies / Panamint Dunes

Post by blackturtle.us » Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:43 am

I returned to the Panamint Dunes last week hoping to find some keysia in bloom. No such luck. I did find a "portable" Native American grinding stone however. They ground right down to the bottom and so I guess that's why the discarded it near the dunes. (Obviously I left the pot where I found it.) Here's the pic:
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