Yesterday. Mr C and I went back to Joshua Tree National Park to tour the Desert Queen Ranch. It is situated back in the park. It is a long dusty, sandy drive to get there. Tours are give twice a day. It was a working ranch, settled way back in the 1800’s. The homesteaders who lived out in the desert, searching for gold, were very resourceful. Ann says that here father did not have much respect for the owners of the ranch because their resourcefulness amounted to criminal activity. Mr Keyes, the second owner, who raised a family there, would raid the abandoned homesteads and take stuff for himself and his family. He dug wells and irrigated a garden. They built dams to water livestock. It was a very interesting story, but the best part was the great stuff that I got to photograph. Some of these will make great screens for printing.
We were very lucky to see big horn sheep, who posed for us.
You can see all of my photos, here.
Tomorrow, we are leaving the desert. I am a little sad as I have really enjoyed the sun and warmth and the hospitality of Mike and Ann. We don’t get to see them enough. But, I really miss my studio and M & M.