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A Photogenic Day in the Desert

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.

5 Responses to “A Photogenic Day in the Desert”

  1. PaMdora says:

    Oh my gosh Gerrie, that opening photo of those weird trees is the best photo I’ve seen in a long time ( and I look at Lots of photos). I like it because everything is perfect, the trees, the sky, the composition — and yet the trees are so unusual that the whole thing is surreal. That’s what I like!

  2. margaret Hunt says:

    love the photos…thanks for sharing…great trip…especially like the one with the remnant of curtains…course all the rusty metal was pretty great too

  3. Kathie says:

    Such interesting scenery, so different from anywhere I’ve ever lived.

  4. Kristin L says:

    Great pictures. The first one looks like a quilt already.

  5. terry grant says:

    Beautiful pictures! The one of the sheep is amazing. Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday!