Kitty Dreams & Street Scenes (Morocco)

Morocco cats asleep

As I depart for the land of ice, I thought it only appropriate to share just a few more photos from last year’s adventure in the desert oasis that is Morocco. By the end of the trip, one of the running jokes was all of the photos of cats that I had on my memory cards – to this day I still refuse to apologize for a single one! Morocco seems to be a land of cats and I love it all the more for that reason. (smile) I’ve included a few of my favorite kitty shots – and a few of my favorite street scenes too!

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare Close-ups

lizard on rock macro

baby snake near rocks

This week’s photo challenge is “rare.” Neither of these little guys may be rare in and of themselves, but it is pretty rare that I can spot them AND get a good close-up! In fact,Β  this is the first time I’ve ever come across a baby snake here in Arizona (seriously, he was tiny), but I’m glad I saw him before I stepped on him! He was certainly a fierce little fellow.

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Joshua Tree Revisited

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Back in March some friends and I decided to take an impromptu camping trip over to Joshua Tree National Park. Of all the National Parks I’ve been lucky enough to visit, I’d say Joshua Tree easily makes the top 3 just by virtue of being the strangest, most surreal park of them all (which is saying quite a bit after Yellowstone). So of course I was more than happy to take the opportunity to visit – and camp – in such an awesome place – this time with a proper camera! (smile)

Joshua Tree National Park, California

If you’d like the official info on the park, I’d suggest checking out my first post on the park. This post is mostly just a photo journey through two deserts and an incredibly diverse landscape that is rumored to have inspired Dr. Suess’s The Lorax. Actually, that last tidbit there really kind of sums it up perfectly…

The Cholla Cactus Garden. Absolutely gorgeous area near sunset!

Cottonwood Spring near sunrise. We actually camped at this campsite and it was magical πŸ™‚

This area is on the map as Barker Dam. It was a nice, easy walk and interesting to see some of the historic development.

The rocks are by my far my favorite part! It’s just so surreal how they seem to pop up out of the ground so abruptly and haphazardly. Skull rock (shown above) is a definite hot spot, but it pays to know what angle you’re looking for!

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Ready to go yet? πŸ™‚ If you have the chance, I would definitely say go for it! (The Salton Sea and Salvation Mountain are also nearby – just sayin’.)