“Due to any of the following”

April 18, 2010 @ 7:16 am | Filed under: Family Adventures, Nature Study, Photos

Last Monday we drove ninety miles east to the Desert View Tower. I’d been meaning to take the kids there for months. Amazing view and irresistible climbing-rocks, that’s what everyone says about the place.

We’ll have to take their word for it.

Jane and I thought the sign alone—”blight or famine”?—made the trip worthwhile, but some members of the back seat brigade opined otherwise.

We all loved seeing the wind farm, though.

A ballet of giants: breathtaking.

The desert was spread with a threadbare quilt of tiny yellow flowers. Any of you know what these are called?

And as long as I’m asking for IDs, how about this skipper I spotted in the backyard? Anyone? Bueller?

Not a great picture, so I don’t know if you can see the markings well enough to identify it. Can you see what a curious at-rest position its wings have? The top wings are perpendicular to the bottom wings. I’ve never seen that before.

Jane and I had had hopes of finding new-to-us butterflies in the desert, but sometimes you have to rely on your own backyard.

Photos by Jane, except the butterfly.


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  1. Perhaps the flower is common goldfields (Lasthenia sp.)?

  2. The only thing I could find similar to that in my books is a rock daisy. But, there are variations of it. The flower is very similar to the picture I have seen.

  3. Ninety miles is a long way, especially with a car full of kids, but that is one amazing sign. Great capture, Jane!

  4. Windfarms are so beautiful with their strange, futuristic simplicity. Christina (oldest) wants to put one of those giant turbines up and have it colored, she thinks they look like flowers and so should not be white. LOL They are even more striking at night because they have lights on them and the lights blink on and off for miles and miles in some places. Quite an arresting sight.