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I took this photo in the eastern Sierras, off Highway 395, at the Owens Gorge Road. I love those mailboxes and every time we travel to the Sierras, we drive by them just to see them!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

In and Around the Desert~That's My World 010510

Our desert has so many various land forms, I decided to head out early one morning during vacation to see them. The first photos show the results of the San Andreas Fault, which runs along the base of the hills in our valley. Yes, those rocks are jutting right out of the ground, right along the fault line. My school is less than 10 miles from the fault, at the lower end of the Coachella Valley. Our daughter and son can see the palms from their houses. The location of palm trees indicates ground water seeping up from beneath the sand. It is interesting to see how the pressure of the earth can actually mold the rocks so that they are no longer straight, but curved! There is a spot near Mecca, which is lower in the valley, called Painted Canyon, where the rocks are standing curved and twisted from the fault. It is a popular hiking spot and sometimes hikers get stranded there in both summer and winter. Always remember to bring extra water with you when you are out in the desert and warm clothes in winter as we are frequently having mornings down into freezing! In the desert, on a clear night, because there are no clouds to retain the day's heat, temperature will plunge overnight during the winter months. And, of course, in summer, daytime temperatures are WELL over 100 degrees! That's My World for Tuesday, January 5, 2010.


Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures, Cheryl! How beautiful the desert is! And I love all the rock formations, not to mention the wonderful blue skies! Hope your new year is off to a great start!


kiwi-poette said...

What beautiful pictures. These really capture the Ca deserts. Amazing shots.

SquirrelQueen said...

What an interesting area, I would love to do a little exploration there. Beautiful photos.
When we head to the desert for races I always have two wardrobes, one for the heat of the day and cold weather gear for nighttime in the desert, brrrr!